Creative Christmas Countdown: Day 4 | Thank You Cards

I am thrilled to take part in the Creative Christmas Countdown sponsored by Creative with Kids and today is Day 4 of the Creative Christmas Countdown! So here is a little something I have prepared for you all…

 Creative Christmas Countdown
Thank You Cards

Getting preschoolers to sit down and create a whole bunch of thank you cards is not an easy task. I don’t know about the children in your class or home, but I am lucky to get the kids to sit down and make one card yet alone a whole set of cards.  But teaching children to be thankful for the gifts they receive and helping them demonstrate being thankful is an important part of this season so I have prepared a little idea for making thank you cards at home that I hope you will enjoy….

The first thing you will need are some pieces of artwork your child has already created.  I hope you have been saving some of the art that either comes home from preschool or that you make at home with your child.  If you have, then you are all ready set to go. If you haven’t, then just let your children try a little finger painting, cookie cutter painting, or any type of art they think is fun!

Once you select a few pieces of artwork, then you can turn that artwork into simple thank you cards. You can either copy the artwork on a copy machine or you can take a photo of the artwork with a digital camera.  Once you copy and save photos of your child’s artwork, then you can shrink the artwork down to “wallet size photos” and then print or glue them on a thank you card….

I chose to use my digital camera so I could take photos of the artwork.  I like being able to take photos of different kinds of artwork.  This is a photo of a nature shadow box

And this is a photo of a construction paper fire truck

And this is a photo of a cookie cutter painting…

And this is a photo of blue and yellow ball painting

This is a great way to share your child’s creativity with others and still keep the original for yourself!

Inside each of my cards I wrote the words…

The artwork on this card

I made all by myself.

I am sending it to you

So you can put it on your shelf.

 With love,

(child’s Name)

And I left some room for the child to print his or her name or to add a little more artwork if feeling inspired! You can certainly personalize your cards a little more but I wanted to make some that I could use any time throughout the year….

Now let me invite you to come and join in on the Creative Christmas Countdown! Below is a calendar of ideas that have already been shared and that are going to be shared! I hope you will check it out!

1. Let Kids Create
2. Dilly-Dali Art
3. Red Ted Art
4. Teach Preschool
5. Angelique Felix
6. Rainy Day Mum
7. The Imagination Tree
8. Mama Pea Pod
9. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
10. Nurture Store
11. A Mom With A Lesson Plan
12. hands on : as we grow
13. Furgal Family Fun
14. Art for Little Hands
15. Kitchen Counter Chronicles
16. Living at Whitehead’s Zoo
17. My Creative Family
18. Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
19. Toddler Approved
20. Dinosaurs & Octopuses
21. Creative With Kids
22. Science Sparks
23. The Outlaw Mom Blog
24. Creative Connections For Kids

Check out all the beautiful Christmas cards over at Dilly-Dali Art!

By |2011-12-04T07:00:38+00:00December 4th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. cathy @ nurturestore December 4, 2011 at 7:08 am - Reply

    I love this idea Deborah – as a way of encouraging children to show thanks and as a wonderful way to re-use their paintings. Adding a card or frame really does add a special touch to their art.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Yes, it is also a great way to save their art forever:)

  2. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas December 4, 2011 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I love using their artwork for this! such a personal way for them to share a little bit of themselves. Wonderful!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thank you – I wish I had done this when my daughter was little!

  3. Love this Deborah! It is so important to teach children to express appreciation for their gifts. And these cards will be a delight to receive! 🙂 Kristi

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

      They make great gifts for grandparents:)

  4. [email protected] December 4, 2011 at 9:37 am - Reply

    What a great way to do this. I always have a hard time getting my kids to make more than one card at a time. This is such a great way to do it. I like the border you put around each of the pictures too. Makes it look very nice. We will be using your poem and idea this season for sure. I also think it important to have children be thankful. I am just not good at making it happen in our home. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

      I have always been terrible about making or sending thank you cards. This idea would make me want to send them out for sure!

  5. Alissa @Creative With Kids December 4, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I love this way of making thank you cards! Thanks for taking part in the Creative Christmas Countdown!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Thank you Alissa!

  6. amber December 4, 2011 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Love these!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thank you Amber:)

  7. Kristina December 4, 2011 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Love this! My daughter had her 1st b-day yesterday and I think I’m going to have her try and fingerpaint today so we can make some of these for her friends who gave her presents. Thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      That is a great idea – these would be great thank you cards for a birthday party. I also love that the children can do any kind of painting or art for this and it works great!

  8. [email protected] Art December 4, 2011 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I really love this idea. Sometimes it’s hard to write a thank you card and actually sound sincere, especially when you’re writing a bunch of the same cards. This adds a nice personal touch for the recipient. I will have to try this! BTW, this would be a great way to make Christmas cards as well, I’d love for you to link them up to my Christmas card linky 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      I will link up today Aleacia!

  9. Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan December 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love, love, love the idea of using a picture. Attaching the saying would also make thank you cards so much easier. AWESOME POST!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      I printed the sayings and the photos of the artwork on my cards:) I took the quick and easy way out on everything!!

  10. The Iowa Farmer's Wife December 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I love these! This is such a great idea for thank you notes!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you:)

  11. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum December 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    What a great idea – I always have problems trying to think up ways for the Thank you Cards and usually end up sending a picture of J or T – but I love this idea and we have some many pieces of art work that we could use. Thank you for the inspiration

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  12. Anna @ The Imagination Tree December 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    A perfect way to keep it child centred! I love them!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      That is what I was shooting for Anna:)

  13. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses December 5, 2011 at 2:56 am - Reply

    That’s such a fabulous idea! I love every bit of it. I love the little message. And I love that the kids get to be proud of their artwork all over again. Great post!

  14. Natalie December 5, 2011 at 7:32 am - Reply

    These cards are beautiful and meaningful. I cannot wait to make some of our own!

  15. Carrie December 6, 2011 at 7:23 am - Reply

    What a fantastic idea! You can share her treasures with everyone! I know a lot of aunties and uncles who’d like to receive one of these. We’ll definitely be trying this. Thanks!

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