My sister is huge on thank you cards. However, it was completely surprising (and absolutely adorable!) to receive a thank you card from my 3 year old niece for the gift I sent her for her birthday a few weeks ago. Here are some fun and cute ideas for thank you cards from your young child or toddler.
The card I received was a simple piece of paper folded in half with a picture of my niece smiling surrounded by balloons tucked in the inside. Written on the inside was a little thank you note in my sister’s handwriting, and crayon scribbles all over the place with my niece’s name followed by a heart in my sister’s handwriting to signify the “thank you” from the little tyke.
A great way to incorporate your child in your thank you card following an event in which presents are involved is to let them just scribble all over some paper and write their name on it so the receiver knows that the young toddler is saying “thank you”. On the front of the card was a small cutout of a coloring book page that my niece had obviously adorned. When I called my sister to tell her I received the card and how cute it was, she said it was so simple just to hand her daughter some crayons and a coloring book to fill in some coloring book pages, and then cut out portions of the pages to create a front design for her homemade thank you cards. It’s a great idea, and a page or two of your kid’s artwork can be cut into smaller pieces for front page thank you card artwork.
It’s easier to write your own thank you message on the paper prior to letting your kid color all over it. Pen has a difficult time writing over crayon, so my sister wrote her own thank yous and then tossed the papers to her daughter the artist, who was then able to scribble her thank you all over the card with glee.
Let your child know that they are writing a thank you card. My niece has no idea what that means, but my sister said she went on and on repeating the names of all her cousins and aunts and uncles, saying, “Tank you, tank you” the whole time she was coloring in her little notes. It lets them have at least a small idea of what they are doing.
Include a picture of your child opening presents or something related to the party so the people who receive the card have a cute keepsake of their own. It was a precious gift for me to receive such a cute picture, and it’s on my fridge to show off to my friends.
Somewhere on your child’s thank you card, write your kid’s name and that this is their thank you message. It may be obvious already, but it makes the message that much more adorable when it’s “signed”- even by you because your child can’t read or write.
When you mail out the thank you cards, send them out from your child. It’s that much more adorable when you receive it and it’s a genuine thank you from your young loved one rather than their parents just writing a thank you. Go all out and send the card with your kid’s name on it.
Don’t make your kids do the cards if they don’t want to. My niece loves to scribble, so it was no big deal, but my sister didn’t want her daughter to get bored with the notes, so she took regular pieces of scribbled on white paper and cut them in half for 2 cards out of one page, to keep her daughter from scribbling so much she got bored. She decided to forgo any stickers or glitter to keep it more simple.
It’s a great way to not only teach your tyke gratitude, but to send out a genuinely cherished thank you card when you let your child put their personal touch to their thank you notes. It’s a card I have in my scrapbook and will always have, and it’s a great gift in return for the “My Little Pony” figurine I sent her (or in her words, the “Me Po po”- how cute!).