Materials to Gather...
- various colors and types of paper
- scrapbooking pages with designs that can be cut out
- glue sticks
- scissors (regular and "fancy")
- any other fun stuff you can think of AND have on hand
- Fold several sheets of construction or scrapbooking paper in half. These folded sheets of paper will be the cards. Considering making them different sizes.
- Lay out all of the materials on the table.
- Allow your child to use his/her best creative juices to create the card of hie/her dreams.
- Once the cards are decorated assist your child in writing a message on the inside of each card.
- Place the card/s in an envelope and mail to the appropriate recipient.
Benefits of This Simple Activity...
- learning about the mail system (addressing an envelop, what a mail carrier does for the community, etc.)
- letter writing (the actual format... dear__... from __, etc)
- cutting practice: This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the correct way to hold a pair of scissors. I always say... 3 Fingers to Cut... I show them which 3 fingers are placed in the scissors and where to put those fingers. Fingers Point to Cut. I show them how to hold the scissors facing away from the body. Hold and turn the paper. Scissors stay put.
- how to hold a pencil correctly: 3 Fingers to Write... I show the children how to lay the pencil in front of them (point facing the belly) and use 2 fingers (thumb and first finger) to pick (it up) and flip. Pick & Flip means you pick up the pencil with 2 fingers and use the first finger of the other hand to flip the pencil back into its place. The children love this.
- creativity: Never underestimate the value of letting the inner artist out to play.
Hope you have fun making cards with your own children. We had a blast. Off to mail our cards!