Really Cute Thank-You Notes

Saying thank you won't be a chore with these fun easy-to-make cards. Even little kids can help!

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Holly Christian

A Thank-You That Floats

Children will love sending (or receiving) a thank-you note on a paper ball! Partially unfold a Japanese paper ball (available at many toy stores) and carefully rubber stamp a thank-you message. Let dry, carefully refold, slip into a business-size envelope, and mail! The balls can be "revived" by the receiver by simply blowing gently into the hole at the top. Your thanks will soon be batted all over the house!

What You Need:
Japanese paper balls
Alphabet rubber stamps
Stamp pad
Business-size envelope

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How to Thank a Teacher: Gift Ideas

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Holly Christian

Say It with Pictures

One family I know likes to announce all important bits of news—from graduations to birthdays to wedding announcements—with photo booth cards. To make a thank-you note version, take a blank piece of paper with you to your local photo booth. Hold the paper up for each picture. To make the card, cut the pictures apart, write one word on the blank sign in each picture, and arrange on a card. To make several copies, scan and print the card.

What You Need:
Photo booth photos of you holding a blank piece of paper
Blank card
Scissors
Glue
Black marker
Computer, scanner, and printer to make copies

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Holly Christian

Tiny Feet & Handprints

You're never too young to send a thank-you note! With help, your baby (or rather his or her tiny feet or hands) can be the star of these cards that Grandpa and Grandma are sure to cherish.

You probably know the handprint drill: Help the child put her flattened hand in a shallow plate of nontoxic washable poster paint, and carefully place on paper. For baby footprints, brush a little paint on the bottom of each foot (or use a large stamp pad) and make a print by pressing paper to foot. Smart move: Do one foot or hand at a time with cleanup in between. Even smarter: Make one set and scan and print in color.

What You Need:
Poster paint or finger paint
Plate
Foam brush
Blank cards or cardstock
Clean-up supplies for little hands and feet

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Teach Your Child How to Write a Simple Thank-You Note

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Holly Christian

You Send Me!

Use a page from an old road atlas and a pack of Orbit gum to give thanks for a gift that expanded horizons. This is a great card for a child to give to a teacher or to send to a relative who gave him or her lessons or some kind of educational gift.

What You Need:
Blank card
Old map
Glue stick
Printed or handwritten copy for the card
Scissors
Orbit gum

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Holly Christian

Stick It On

Make your child's favorite drawings into stickers. Just scan the drawings, print on mailing labels, and cut out. It's lots of fun for a young artist to see his or her art reproduced! And working together, you and your child can turn out a whole bunch of thank-you notes in no time. Use alphabet rubber stamps to write a message; that's fun for kids just learning to spell.

What You Need:
Children's drawings
Computer, scanner, and printer
Mailing labels — 4 labels per sheet works well
Scissors
Blank cards or cardstock
Alphabet rubber stamps
Stamp pad

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Holly Christian

Let Out Your Inner Artist

Use watercolor paper and paints to make a cute, personal thank-you note. Anyone can do this! To make a simple bunch of flowers use the wet-on-wet method. Wet the paper, let the water absorb for a minute, and then add little dots of paint, which will bleed into a little bloom. Add a bit of green for leaves. When dry, add a few details to the flowers with a black skinny marker. A small block of watercolor paper works well for this as it won't curl when wet. When dry, simply peel off your little painting.

What You Need:
Watercolor paints—a child's set will do
Paintbrush
Watercolor paper or a small watercolor block
Black skinny marker

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Holly Christian

You Rock!

Here's a great card project for rock lovers and others, young or old. Glue a picture of a rock to a blank card. If you're a budding photographer (who likes rocks), use one of your own photos. Write your note of thanks inside.

What You Need:
Photo of a rock
Blank card
Glue stick

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Holly Christian

Thanks to You I'm No Dud!

A perfect thank-you message for a teacher who has made a difference in your child's life. Simply create a blackboard with construction paper, write on it with white chalk or pencil, and glue on those tasty Milk Duds. Sweet!

What You Need:
Black and brown paper made to look like a small blackboard
White chalk or white colored pencil
Glue or double-sided tape
Milk Duds

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Holly Christian

Get Punchy!

Here's a creative endeavor almost any child can do: Dig out all of your paper punches—stars, circles, hearts—and punch away. Glue your punched confetti to a blank card, rubber stamp a thank-you message, and add lots of glitter!

What You Need:
Paper punches of all shapes
Colored paper
Blank card or cardstock
Thank You rubber stamp
Stamp pad
Glue stick
Glitter

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