Unfortunately, sending thank you notes almost seems to be a thing of the past. These thank you notes make it easy for children to write thank you notes.
The other day I was telling my talented sister that I had been thinking about writing a few posts on gratitude. I realize that Thanksgiving has come and gone this year, but I think gratitude is important all year long. Thank you note writing is a classic way to appreciate someone for a kindness they have performed for you.
My kids are fairly used to writing thank you notes because I encourage them to write them! Hey, that’s what moms are for and so it’s a common Sunday evening activity at our house. Here’s the thank you note routine
- First things first, I lecture the kids on the importance of using their best handwriting. As you may already know, handwriting is not particularly important to little, or big, farm boys!
- The thank you note begins by listing the material gift, or specific kindness show them. It’s better to list the specific gift, “thank you for the money” than to just say, “thanks for the gift”.
- Tell what you plan to do with the gift. “I’m saving the money for my college education”.
- Next, thank the person who gave you the gift for being charitable to you. For example, if my kids receive a birthday gift from grandparents we thank the grandparents “for thinking of me and loving me.” If the thank you note is for a piano teacher they should be thanked for “their patience and effort in teaching a new skill to me.” They are actually thanking the person for a specific characteristic trait, not the material gift.
- I check the thank you note for spelling and grammar errors. Which is challenging because I’m terrible at spelling and even worse at grammar!
- They correct errors and sign their names.
Now back to my talented sister. I thought it would make thank you note writing easier, especially for little ones if they had a partially filled in thank you note. Of course she offered to whip up a few adorable “fill in the blank” thank you notes for you to print off! They are so cute and make thanking loved ones even easier!
Here’s a cute printable for the front of a card for girls! Did I mention it’s free? Isn’t my sister the best?
Here’s the back of the thank you note. Since most of the note is already written, and has just a few fill in the blanks, it’s perfect for beginner thank you note writers!
A back with a few more blanks for creative older girls!
We can’t leave the boys out! My boys think they are mighty hunters so they love this one. By the way, if you don’t own a piece of camo clothing you aren’t truly a man, according to my children!
This one is for the little boys. If your boys dislike writing as much as mine do, fill in the blanks are a lifesaver!
And for the bigger boys, the top dogs!
Feel free to print these off and let your kiddo’s start thanking away! It’s such a good habit to get into and why not get them into the habit while they are little!
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