Writing one birthday card is an easy-peasy task for most kids. When they have multiple notes to write, however, mine find it more of a chore (to say the least). After birthdays and Christmas in particular I really struggle to make this task meaningful AND fun. My ultimate goal is to help my kids show appreciation for a thoughtful gesture. And let’s face it, it is expected…especially from the baby boomers (aka our parents, aunts and uncles…).
I have been pondering how to accomplish these tasks since Christmas:
1. Teaching them how to show gratefulness.
2. Having fun writing.
3. Getting the job done.
The other day it hit me like a ton of bricks when I went to the drug store. As much as I hate that Valentines stuff is already out, when I looked at the boxes of valentines I thought, “Kids sure love writing those! And to the tune of 20 or 25 at a time!” What gives? How is that different than writing 10 thank you notes?
I went straight to my source, my daughter. She said simply, “Candy”.
Here is what I decided to try.
I started with the Christmas cards we got in the mail. Instead of tossing them (re-use, recycle bonus), I cut a piece of one side (where there is no writing).
Then I punched two holes in each one (for the lollipop of course)!
Then I wrapped a tag around the lollipop (compliments of the Valentine section of the drug store I found them in heart shape) with a pre-printed “Thank you for the Christmas gift!” note.
Finally, I made a list (kind of like the one you get from school with the names for Valentines), so my kids could label each one. I asked them to personalize the note with a sentence or two because they are 9 and 10 years old now and I couldn’t completely let them off the hook.
I think the younger kids could get away with it though, what do you think?