JOPLIN, Mo. —
The days after Christmas are filled with holiday breaks from school that give kids the chance to play with all the new toys they received -- and get bored with them.
Because time is in abundance, this is the perfect chance to get kids started on thank-you cards. Showing gratitude is an important habit that will benefit kids for the rest of their lives.
But a boring thank-you card may feel like more of a chore to kids. This year, let them have fun with it. By using craft supplies and scraps from Christmas morning, your kids can make vibrant, colorful notes that will become cherished heirlooms.
First, make a list of everyone that should get a note. Then get equipped. Grab:
- Plain, white paper from the printer.
- A glue stick.
- Any extras such as glitter, ribbons or whatever.
- Newspaper for spreading out and protecting tables.
- The secret ingredient this time, however, may be at the top of your trash can: Used wrapping paper.
The idea comes from the blog TheSimpleDollar.com.
The benefit of it is that the result produces something as colorful as a fancy thank-you note, but is inexpensive and personal.
If you can match the wrapping paper to the note recipient, even better. But that paper can be cut out into pieces, such as letters, numbers or figures.
Let kids decorate their own notes. Let them be as creative as they want. As long as the note can be folded into a legal envelope, anything goes.
- Those new cellphones have cameras that can be put to use expressing gratitude. Record short little videos of kids playing with their new toys. Or record children saying "thank you" directly to the giver. The videos don't have to be high-quality, either. Vine or Instagram is a good way to record thank-you videos.
- If videos aren't an option, pictures may be. Snap a quick pic of the child with the gift, then make a printout from your home computer. The picture won't have the quality of a lab print, but the smile will be sharp enough to communicate gratitude.
- We may be done with Christmas, but we're probably not done with baking. Have kids help bake some thank-you cookies to share with gift givers.