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.
Just did this with glitter, thank you for the inspiration!
Just did this with glitter, thank you for the inspiration! Corn free salt is pricey so I didn’t want to use it but the kids liked making sparkles stick to the paper. 🙂
How do these fare in the mail?
Great question – I will find out from Kim the writer asap!
LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for the great idea. I’m a former language arts teacher and I think this is such a valuable skill, in addition to being a polite thing to do.
Graet idea. Thanks!
Linda Irwin says
I really like this idea! I am gearing up to start the new semester in homeschool co-op and I teach the preschoolers. I think I might use this idea for a winter craft. Thank you! CAnt wait to check out the rest of your blog! BOOKMARKING YOUR SITE NOW! 🙂
Great idea. It’s nice to see people continuing the tradition of thank you notes in today’s fast paced digital world. I work at Thankster.com, and we’ve made service to make it easier to send thank you notes to the people, friends and family you care about. One of our coolest features is the ability for users to make a font out of their own handwriting and it looks authentic. Please take a look and help us spread the word.
Happy New Year!
rebecca at thisfineday says
Love love love this! Here is our take on it 🙂
I love this and great alternative to glitter – so much more environmentally friendly