This post is part of our Snail Mail’s Best series. Crafting, writing, and sending letters covers all the bases when it comes to cultivating a creative spirit in our kids. Plus, who doesn’t love to get mail?
This time of year is the perfect time to help our kids recognize all the things they have to be thankful for. Especially the loved ones in our lives. So as part of our snail mail series, I thought it would be fun to send gratitude cards. Ask your kids who they are thankful for, and the reasons why, then send them a little snail mail to let them know. Who wouldn’t love to get a letter like that?
I put together two cards you can use for the letter along with a matching envelope. One is perfect for the little gratitude turkeys we made from a hand print for Grandparents, and the other for anyone your kids want to send to. This is also perfect for your older kids to practice writing. Catch me after the jump for the free download and all the details!
Sending Our Gratitude
We’ve had the gratitude of our family in mind recently, as we had the bittersweet experience of going to visit for a week as my husband’s grandmother pass away. It is always hard to lose a loved one, but it is also a celebration of life when this good woman spent 81 years teaching, loving, and serving all she came in contact with. I believe she has been reunited with her dear husband that passed away nine years previous, what a joyous reunion it must have been!
Because we were just with our Nana’s and Papa’s my three year old keeps begging to go visit them again. We had a wonderful visit and our Texans girls were lucky enough to have it snow twice, building two snowmen!! We decided to send Nana and Papa a gratitude card and have my daughter list the things she was grateful for about them.
To print out the cards and envelope, just click on an image below – this will open the image in a new window. Right click, save to computer, and then print with no scaling letter format. The envelope has a matching wreath with the words “I’m Thankful For You!” in the corner. I printed both on card stock.
To make the envelope just cut around the outside then fold on the dashes and glue as shown above.
To make this cute little turkey we traced her palm with brown and then the feathers with different colors.
Then I added the little beak, eyes, and feet.
she colored it and then we wrote the things that she was grateful for on the feathers.
If you don’t have a printer, just write out the little message for them.
She is so proud of her turkey and can’t wait to put it in the mail!
For the older kids hand them the scissors and let them practice those fine motor skills :).
Then let them show off the writing skills they’ve been working on.
Then slip it in the envelope and let them add stickers, coloring, stamping or whatever their creative hearts desire to the back. This is often their most favorite part.
All that is left to do is stick a stamp on it, then put it in the mail to make someone’s day. There is nothing better than getting a little something in the mail from a loved one. Something we all don’t do nearly enough.
**Ideas of for snail mail will be coming monthly! Take some time to do this with your kids and they may be luck enough to receive some mail back. :-)
p.s. the graphics for the cards were purchased from theinknest.com – cute stuff!