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Creative Ways for Kids to Make Their Thank You Notes Special

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One of life’s greatest joys is receiving a thank you note, especially when it’s been written or made especially for you by a child. There’s just something really special about a child who is grateful and takes the time and effort to create and send a thank you note. As loving parents, we strive to be models of gratitude and to teach our children the importance of expressing gratitude to others.

Asking your child to write a thank you note may seem like another homework for them and yes, they may complain and drop out or tell you they don’t know what to do. But thank you notes don’t have to be a calligraphy lesson. Encourage your kids to be creative and treat it like art.

If you have younger children, it’s a good idea to work together and think about what to say in the thank you note. Help your child write or dictate a first draft to use as a guide for the final project.

make it fancy

When our two children were young, I came across a delicious book called “The ABCs of creative lettering” by Lindsay Ostrom at a local bookstore. Lettering styles like Tinkertoy created by adding dots at different points on each letter and Puff Print’s chunky cloud letters add an artistic touch to even the simplest message. And while your kids are having fun practicing their favorite styles, encourage them to invent a new style.

Plus, if you have a child who likes to write in cursive, italics, or the more sophisticated style of calligraphy, their handwritten note is sure to be a much-appreciated treasure for the recipient.

Cut and paste letters, words and pictures from magazines

Gather up all your old magazines and get out the scissors and glue sticks. Your kids will have a blast putting together a unique and colorful thank you note using a variety of letters, words and pictures that they cut out of magazines and glued onto a blank card, stationery or paper. DIY.

Browsing through the pages of magazines looking for the perfect letters, words and pictures is like going on a treasure hunt.

stamp and printing

The great thing about using rubber stamps is that ink pads come in a wide variety of colors and your kids can stamp letters, words, numbers and objects like hearts, flowers, stars and smiley faces plus seasonal and special artwork. .

Just like the magazine cut-and-paste style above, encourage your kids to liven things up a bit by using a mix of individual letter stamps and whole word stamps like love, thank you, and fun in the same sentence.

Now let’s talk about printing. Arouse your children’s curiosity and ask them: who wants to get dirty? When you get a resounding and unanimous “yes”, it’s time to break out the tempera paints. Show your kids how to use their fingerprints to create flowers, ladybugs and clouds. When the paint is dry, they can add finishing touches with fine-tip markers.

A good resource is Ed Emberley “Big Fingerprint Drawing Book.” I never realized that a simple thumbprint could be turned into so many different things.

Magazine cut and paste style and stamp and print style do so much

easier for kids who struggle with writing to write and send a heartfelt thank you note.

Compose a poem or an original work of art

Your family’s writer or artist can really make their thank you note a one-of-a-kind expression of gratitude by composing an original poem or drawing along with a few words of thanks.

Perhaps the poem or drawing was inspired by the gift or the giver. Your child may want to add a special note to explain why the gift or giver is so special.

Mix and match styles

Since creativity knows no boundaries, your kids can mix and match any of the above styles with another or incorporate a little something from all of these styles.

But what matters most is your children’s desire to express their gratitude. It doesn’t matter if their thank you notes are fun and colorful or elegantly designed, or even if the notes contain spelling mistakes or ink stains, because it’s always the thought that counts.