4 Tech Savvy Ways to Say Thank You

After the opening of the gifts, it’s time to say thanks for items received not only to demonstrate proper etiquette but also to practice a number of important skills.  Thank you notes provide younger children with the opportunity to practice fine motor skills as they practice their letters while older children can hone their written communication skills. Whether you choose hand written note cards or tech savvy expressions, there’s a method of saying thank you that suits every child’s style.

Hand written thank you notes sent via snail mail are a great way to teach younger kids the importance of a thank you card. Use free printable online templates to differentiate the task for kids of varying ages. Older children should be expected to write more than younger siblings but it’s often motivational if everyone sits down together to complete the task. Printable templates in princess, rainbow, and party themes allow preschooler and kindergartners to fill in the name of the gift giver, the gift, and sign their name at the end. These black and white templates from Delightful Distractions are fun to color and require two sentences, rather than 1. Third graders who are practicing cursive can fill in these notes and can either draw a picture or add a photo of themselves with the gift.

Personalized thank you cards with a hand written note are the ultimate expression of self. Tiny Prints makes great thank you cards for kids of all ages that include flat and folded versions, child-friendly themes, or sophisticated fonts and designs for the most choosy tween or teen. The online card retailer makes it easy to create cards on their website in a matter of minutes. Add a photo, your child’s name, and even request a proof to be emailed to you before your cards print and ship. The hardest thing about using this site is choosing among the vast selection of gorgeous thank you notes!

The Paperless Post app makes it easy to send personalized cards even while on the go. It’s great for creating personalized thank you cards while traveling. Just select a free card design, type your message, select the recipient in your iPhone’s address book, and the cost includes printing and the required postage.

For the super tech savvy giver and receiver, iGiftThanks is an app that allows iOS device users to keep track of gifts received, take a photo, add a frame, and say thank you via email, Facebook or Twitter instantly. It’s a simple and thoughtful app that is easy enough for young iPod users to use so there won’t be any excuse as to why they haven’t written their thank you notes yet!

Thank you note written in chalk on a slate heart hanging on a wooden background via Shutterstock

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