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.
- Start with some markers and plain printer paper.
- Have your child draw a picture.
- Scan and save.
- Next we used picmonkey.com to add text. My son decided which fonts to use and the background color too.
- Then we printed as a 5×7 and folded.
- And back to the table to write .
So easy and he had a blast making them . I think we will be making many more .
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!
___________________________________________________________________________________________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.