I try to send thank you cards for gifts whenever I can. I think it’s an important thing to teach the preschooler and this is the first year she’s really understood that you need to say ‘thank you’ for things you are given.
When it came to thinking about thank you cards last year I had an 8 week old baby, along with a toddler, and so it was a job that stayed on my ‘to do’ list until at least April when I gave myself permission to stop stressing over it and just forget it for that one year.
Which made it even more important to me to get it done this year.
I knew that I wanted the preschooler to be involved so I thought that some potato printing would be ideal. It’s not too messy (honestly), and would hopefully produce a good result.
I saw somewhere on Pinterest last year a lovely idea for potato printed penguins, and modified this for my own idea of a robin.We used a larger potato, and mixed some paint (we only have red, green and blue) to get a brown (ok purplish) colour (must buy some yellow or actual brown paint soon!) She printed all 12 cards then left them hung up on our number line to dry for 24 hours. Then we used a smaller potato for the red breast and she printed over the top of the brown. Again, they were left to dry before I completed the picture with a googly eye, beak and legs and she wrote her name inside each one.
I think each bird has turned out to be a little character and I love that they’re all slightly different. They’ve been well received by family and friends and I’d definitely recommend this as an activity a 3 year old can do fairly independently and be proud of the results.
Have you made home made cards? What could I do differently next year?