I am such a stickler for Thank You Notes! After every holiday, birthday or thoughtful gift I make it a point to send a note to the gift giver to let them know I appreciate their thoughtfulness. This is something I have been working very hard to instill in Hallie. So here’s a quick guide to getting kids involved in sending Thank You Notes at every Age.
Toddlers and Early Preschoolers– When Hallie was this age, I gave her paper and let her fingerpaint large sheets of thick paper. Then I let them dry, cut them into cards and wrote out the notes for her. You can also use crayons on cards or card-stock to make the job easier and less messy!
Advanced Preschoolers to Early Elementary– Have the child practice signing their name at the bottom of each thank you note. They can also practice their letters by copying each gift givers name at the top of each note. Tips- Set a goal for a few each day so they don’t get tired, bored and grumpy. Also I like to use “hotdog folded” cards because they will have more room to write the names across the card. I am quite impressed with how Hallie’s Handwriting has improved since starting preschool in the Fall!
Later Elementary to young adults can obviously write their own thank you notes. You can help them stay organized by keeping a list of everyone whom they received a gift from. Setting a goal of a few notes a day can also help the task become less monotonous.
Do you send Thank you notes with your kids? How do you get them involved?