Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and I love the idea of getting kids involved in writing thank you cards and making sure they think about the people in their lives who they are thankful for. I know we’ll be writing a lot of thank you cards for holiday gifts, but sometimes it’s nice to think about the people we love, just because.
One easy way to create a simple card without a lot of mess is to make a picture card using an easy backdrop made of wrapping paper.
The boys and I spent a weekend raking leaves and we made sure to save a bag of them for crafting.
I had them glue the leaves on one side of a long sheet of black wrapping paper. (I thought the black gave a trendy chalkboard look-I love the matte black rolls at Paper-Source)
Then I stuck the backdrop to the wall with painters tape and had the boys pose in front. I asked them to think about a person they were thankful for and tell me why they were thankful for that person.
I took the picture and wrote down what each boy said, then edited the picture using an app that adds words. (I used Rhonna Designs here, but I also like Word Swag and Overgram). I used the same picture for multiple thank you’s and saved them to my phone.
At this point, you could print the pictures out and send them the old-fashioned way, but I love using an instant service like Postcardly that just makes them into a postcard from your phone. Or I use the pictures to make a personalized card from Treat online. (Automatic sending is so much better for me than going to the mailbox. If I hand-address cards, I often find the things we’ve made sitting around weeks after I actually intended to have them sent.) You could also just send an email with the photo attachment. But any way you send the pictures, I think the recipient would be totally surprised and thrilled.
We did a similar backdrop idea for the first day of school and I love how this activity serves as an adventure (finding the leaves), a craft (gluing them on the paper) and a memory not just for me, but for loved ones we send them to. The best part is the mess is minimal and that is definitely something I’m thankful for.