Teaching kids how to write thank you notes is a great way to instil the importance of showing gratitude when someone does something nice on your behalf.
That said, getting a kid to sit down and write a bunch of formal thank you cards is going to be a challenge. Also, you donâ€™t want to bore the snot out of your little ones. They may never want to write a thank you again.
Youâ€™ve got to allow them to express their creativity and provide a little guidance too.
When Should Kids Send Thank You Notes?
The most common occasion is after a birthday party. Birthdays are a great time to teach children about showing gratitude since everything is focused around themselves.
I would also encourage my kids to send thank you notes for gifts received after Christmas that were not opened in front of the giver.
Ideas for Childrenâ€™s Thank You Notes
When kids send thank you notes, there is no need for them to be store bought cards. This isnâ€™t a wedding where you need nice card stock and ribbons.
Instead, encourage them to have fun showing their creativity while expressing their gratitude.
Idea 1. Just Let Them Go Wild
If your kid is naturally creative and has a well stocked craft drawer, consider just letting them do what feels right. All you have to do is get them set up:
Explain the purpose of a thank you note.
Provide enough pieces of paper.
Give them enough some art supplies.
Sit back and hope for the best.
Here is an example of what might happen:
Idea 2. Printable Coloring Cards
If youâ€™re not confident in having your kid go crazy with the craft drawer for two hours, you might want a more organized approach.
Printable coloring cards are a great option for kids thank you notes. All you have to do is give them a new print out every time they feel like coloring. Within a couple days, all the cards will magically be done.
Here are a couple sites that offer a few printable coloring cards:
However, donâ€™t use a template if your child is old enough to know how to do it on their own. Fill-in-the-blank cards are just for beginners.
Idea 4. Photo Thank You Cards
Using a photo as a thank you card can be a good idea, but only under certain circumstances.
Adults love a cute photo, but most kids would probably rather receive a drawing. Also, you should encourage your kid to write individual thank you notes on each photo thank you card, as opposed to sending them out without a personalized message.
There are plenty of online services that will help you turn a photo into a thank you card, but, they arenâ€™t necessary. You could just order regular prints and mail them as post cards.