Teach Gratitude – Write Thank You Notes

Maisy hard at work.

Maisy hard at work.

Yesterday, we set out to write Thank You notes for all of the thoughtful birthday gifts Maisy received for her 5th birthday.

Writing Thank You notes always reminds me of my thoughtful Mother-in-Law who taught me a very important and meaningful lesson.  One must and should write Thank You notes.  Writing Thank You notes used to be a dreaded task of mine.  The joy of receiving a gift would have the fun sucked right out of it knowing that a Thank You note would have to be written in return. But alas, the notes got written anyway and the way I felt about writing them started to shift. After a while, the realization hit me, showing someone real appreciation for their kindness feels good. Not only does it feel good for the sender, but also for the receiver.

Maisy getting going and Maren working on Father's Day cards.

Maisy getting going and Maren working on Father's Day cards.

This lesson has now been taught to the girls. They have been “writing” Thank You notes whether they could properly form letters and words or not.  When Maisy was very young, at the age Maren is now, she would draw pictures or do some sort of artistic thingamajig on blank note cards. Now that Maisy is old enough to form words of gratitude, the blank note cards are her paper and canvas.  We use blank note cards for any and all occasions and the girls help to create them.  Store bought cards are a thing of the past in our house- the kids get put to work for birthdays, graduations, Father’s Day, etc.  Thank goodness, our local Michael’s store has a good stock on these cards.

The line up of almost completed Thank You cards.

The line up of almost completed Thank You cards.

How we did it:

  • “THANK YOU” was written on a post it, and set out on the table, so Maisy could copy it on each card.  Towards the end she got a little tired so for a few cards she used a “thank you” stamp instead.
  • Each recipient’s name was written on on post-it and attached to a card for her to copy onto the note as well.  Maisy gets full decision making power about what colors and pens to use when creating cards. It's her creative endeavor. 

Decorating those cards!

Decorating those cards!

  • Together we talked about what she received and she told me about her gift and why she appreciated it.  
  • I wrote her thoughts and words on the card and read it back to her.  
  • It was then up to Maisy to decorate the front of the card with buttons, glitter and ribbons. Upcycling art projects from pre-school is a great use of all that talent coming into the house and is a tactic often used in this step.
  • To finish the task, my job was to address the envelopes and stick them in the mail.

 

Some of the finished up cards almost ready to go.

Some of the finished up cards almost ready to go.

I love this activity.  It teaches words, letters and sounds, sentences and most of all kindness and gratitude.  Now, when a gift arrives, one of the first things Maisy says is, “We have to send them a Thank You note!”

Yay, done with our feel good activity!

Yay, done with our feel good activity!

I know there are so many new ways to do Thank You notes.  What’s yours? Please share in comments, I'd love to hear your ideas! Be sure to subscribe via email, follow on Facebook and on Pinterest so you don’t miss any fun updates.  As always, thanks for reading.

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.