Updated on October 9, 2017
Do you send thank-you notes for birthday gifts, Christmas presents, and other thoughtful gestures? Handwritten notes are an important part of your social correspondence. And it’s never too early to involve your kids.
These days, thank-you notes are less accessible than email, phone calls, and text messages. You may wonder if they are still important in this digital era.
I give you a resounding YES!
Thank-you notes can mean so much to a gift giver, and a child’s written note is priceless. In this post, I’ll share six easy ways to make thank-you notes fun for kids.
Thank-You Notes Are Important
Thank-you notes are always a good idea, but they’re especially important for gifts that arrive by mail. If you fail to acknowledge a gift, the sender may wonder if you received it.
When you can’t write a note immediately, it’s okay to express your gratitude with a phone call or email. But make sure to follow up with a handwritten note as soon as possible.
Your thank-you note can be a heartfelt letter on elegant stationery or a short scribble on a postcard. A designer greeting card or a child’s crayon drawing. Whatever form your note takes, the recipient will appreciate your effort and thoughtfulness.
Cultivate Gratitude at Home
This Christmas, cultivate a culture of gratitude in your home. Send a thank-you note for every gift you receive, and encourage your kids to do the same.
It’s never too early for children to learn about gratitude. If they can hold a crayon, they can color a thank-you note. Before you mail their creations, add a personal note to express how much they enjoy their gifts.
If your children are young and learning to write, help them print their notes. Ask them what they like about their gifts, and give them a short message to copy. Supervise your older kids as they craft their own messages.
How to Make Thank-You Notes Fun
Need some ideas to help your kids write their thank-you notes? Magazines like Parents and Real Simple offer excellent, real-world tips from parents like you.
In the meantime, I have a few suggestions based on my experience as a preschool teacher and a stepmom. Here are six easy ways to make thank-you notes fun for kids as you teach them about gratitude.
1. Fill Their Stockings
To get your kids in the thank-you habit, tuck a pack of note cards in their Christmas stockings.
2. Schedule Note Time
You can’t teach children about gratitude by rushing or nagging them. Schedule a specific time to write thank-you notes, and make it a family event.
Gather all your supplies (address book, crayons, pens, stamps, stickers). Then prepare a healthy snack and settle in with the kids.
3. Play With Words
Give your kids a list of synonyms to use in their thank-you notes. For example: awesome, fantastic, marvelous, and super. Encourage them to use a different word in each note. Award prizes for creativity.
4. Make Photo Cards
As a parent, you take a lot of pictures at holiday and birthday parties. Turn the photos into cards. Have your kids pick out their favorite shots, and attach the photos to card stock. Finish with a personalized, handwritten note.
5. Enlist Your Guests
When your guests arrive for a party, ask each of them to write their address on an envelope. Put all the envelopes in a basket, draw a name during the party, and award a prize. When it’s time to send thank-you notes, your envelopes are ready to go.
6. Send Notes to Kids
As you write your own thank-you notes, don’t forget to send notes to children who gave you a gift. Kids learn by example, and this is a great way to teach them about gratitude and manners.
And Now, Over To You
Thank you for reading this post. Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. How do you cultivate gratitude at home? What thank-you note tips will you implement with your kids this year?
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