Let’s be honest, nobody likes writing thank you notes. Heavy with all that Christmas Pud it’s the last thing you want to do. And so you can’t really blame your kids if they would rather play that latest monster game on Xbox. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have lots of fun getting your kids into the swing of a brilliant thank you. So here are some top tips you could try out this year!
1. Get Arty Crafty
Nobody can resist a bit of Blue Peter action. And as you know, kids love to sit down and draw, stick, cut and glitter. So here is a chance to make it constructive rather than having to redecorate that newly decorated room again. You could a glitter station (that’s a fancy name for a tray with lots of different glitters on it), different stickers to put on the cards or even fun additions like googly eyes. You should be able to pick up most of the bits in your local supermarket, or head to Amazon who have more arts and crafts things than most.
Here’s the instructions to make the Peek-a-Boo style cards (pictured above)
And here’s how the kids can make some Mini-Masterpiece style cards.
2. The Template
Ok, so we know the one above is for a wedding. And your children aren’t probably thinking about getting married any time soon (although their Barbie and Ken might be) , creating a template might make for some fun and something a little bit original. You can also turn it into a lesson by leaving spaces for different adjectives or metaphors which would suit older kids!
3. In the beginning
This lady knows how to motivate her kids! In a similar veins… set the day up so thank you cards have to be written before toys or games can be played on. You could add a scoring system in so the better and more creative the letter, the longer they get with their stuff!
4. Make it a partnership
Sit down together with the kids and write out all your thank you notes together, and then sign them as a family. You can even split them up , giving children this responsibility can really motivate them!
The most important things about thank you cards is that children understand why they should write them, which is obviously so they can guarantee a present next year!