We recently went to Chicago to see the sights, and also to visit some friends and family we haven’t seen in far too long. When we got home, I wanted to have the girls make some type of thank-you gestures for those we saw. I think it’s a great way to help them remember what we did, with whom…and I knew our friends and family would love seeing the girls’ handiwork.
I asked the girls what they most enjoyed about seeing Aunt and Uncle K. They unanimously named Aunt K’s corn on the cob (she fixed it twice for them, seeing how much they loved it), and playing soccer with Uncle K.
I came up with a couple of fun crafts for them to make…
For our ear of corn, I gave the girls yellow paint and showed them how to dab it onto a long oval shape I drew. [This was the first time we’d used Q-tips with paint…it was great! We’ll be coming up with more “dabbings” soon!]
When the paint was dry, the girls added green hand prints for the leaves. (I didn’t take pictures of this part of the craft…even at age 5 1/2, I stay pretty close by when we start getting our hands covered in paint!)
For the soccer ball, I let the girls trace small hexagons (we have these awesome stencils). They cut out the shapes and glued them onto a piece of card stock. Then they traced a larger circle and cut it out. Viola! I am seriously in love with the way this turned out.
Here are the finished products…
The girls wrote little messages and signed their names. I’m going to print a couple of pictures of A&B with Aunt and Uncle K to accompany the crafts. I know they’ll be tickled to get this little surprise in the mail…and I love that my girls are still talking about Aunt K’s corn, and what soccer tricks they want to show Uncle K the next time we see him.
Do you have any tricks for making thank-you notes with pre-writers?
MandyE is mom to 5 1/2-year old twin girls. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.