After the girls’ birthday, I wanted to send thank you cards for all the gifts they’d received. This is something I hope to get Jessica and Emily to do in the future. As they have just turned three, writing is a tad optimistic so I decided to get them to create wax resist designs and I wrote the message.
I found some old envelopes and cut white card to fit. On each I wrote ‘Thank You’ in thick wax crayons. To ensure the letters came out clearly, I went over each a few times. I then prepped an area with small pots of water, pallet paints and thick paintbrushes.
The girls chose one colour at a time to paint over the wax. This was a really simple activity but they loved it and it created an effective personal card. Jess whizzed through them whilst Emily took her time.
Watching paint dry
When they were dry, Jess and Emily chose which colour should go to who. Nannie got red as that’s her favourite colour and Nin got green to match her eyes. I asked them what they liked about each gift and tried to encorporate this into the message.
Next we looked through my ancient, tatty address book to find everyone’s address. At the moment the girls are fascinated by writing and love to spot numbers and letters they know. Emily wanted to write the address too so I gave her some paper and pen to copy me.
In total, this probably took about an hour which I don’t think is much time to give up to show our gratitude. By designing our own cards, hopefully the girls will find the process fun and writing thank you cards won’t become a chore.
Do you send thank you cards and if so when did they start writing them?
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