3 Different Playing Card Holders For Little Hands

by Kim

Card games have become very popular in my house recently. They are a perfect way to stay out of the uncooperative weather and still have fun. Games such as Crazy Eights, Go Fish, War, and Uno are hits. But with three small children I cannot hold everyone’s cards for them. Here are three different playing card holders you can use for those little hands.

CLOTHESPIN METHOD

This is a old favorite of mine because clothespins are so accessible. My mom used this method with me when I was a child. It is very easy for the kids to hold.

CHIP CLIP METHOD

The chip clip allows you to spread the cards out easier than the clothespin method. But if you have quite a few children in your house getting together enough chip clips may be difficult.

EGG CARTON METHOD

Simply cut small slits into the bottom of an egg carton on egg egg holder.

Then your child can stand the cards up in the slits. You can space them out easily. The best part is that you can add or remove cards without messing up the rest of the cards. It is a great way to reuse one of these, too. The con of this method is that it can tip over easily.

What do you use in your house to help the littler ones play cards?

 

Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Art Cards & Purposeful Writing

real life writing for kids Yesterday was my son’s last day of preschool and we made these super simple art cards for his friends to wish them a super summer. These would also make fantastic Father’s Day cards. It was also a great way to get him writing . Real world writing projects where the writing is purposeful are a great way to get reluctant kids to write.  My son sat down and happily drew and then signed his name on all 14 cards which is a big deal for us because he definitely falls into the reluctant writer category. It was so easy and took no time at all , here’s what we did.

  1. Start with some markers and plain printer paper.
  2. Have your child draw a picture. real world writing for kids
  3. Scan and save.
  4. Next we used picmonkey.com to add text. My son decided which fonts to use and the background color too.
  5. Then we printed as a 5×7 and folded.  
  6. And back to the table to write .

So easy and he had a blast making them . I think we will be making many more .

 

Snowflake Thank You Cards

by Kim

Writing Thank You cards is a task that is more manners than tradition. But it is slowly fading out. Parents can always text it or a phone call will usually suffice. I think Thank You cards are the perfect way to promote manners while practicing valuable skills. So this year we made snowflake cards with salt to spice things up.

 

You will need posterboard (or cardstock), glue, paint brush, pencil, marker, salt, scissors, and a tray or large flat bottom bowl.

Cut up your posterboard into smaller pieces that will be easier to mail.

Now write “Thank You” on the front and draw your snowflake. The simpler the better. If your child is writing then go ahead and let them do this.

Have your child write their name or draw the item they received on the back. Sometimes they might want to draw a heart or just doodle. That is okay. I tried to encourage my daughter to write her name, but she really doesn’t know how to yet. So her version of her name was just perfect. At least she tried and got some practice.

Let your child paint glue along the drawing of the snowflake. This where the simpler snowflake is very important.

Place the card inside the tray and have your child pour salt over it.

Be sure to cover the entire glue area with the salt. Shake off excess immediately.

Now let your snowflake dry. Your Thank You card is ready to mail!

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.