Thank You Streamers
A fun mail-able alternative to traditional thank you cards
Age: 18 Months and up (younger ones need more supervision)
Time: 10 - 20 min (+ Prep)
Theme: Saying Thank You, Sending Mail
Crepe Paper Streamers
Crayons or Markers
Reinforcement Labels (little donut shaped stickers used to reinforce pages in ring binders)
Adults and big kids get to use Scissors and a Hole Punch
Prep: For children who are not yet handy with scissors, precut 5 – 10 shapes (hearts, word bubbles, diamonds, whatever you like) out of copy paper. I found roughly 2” to be a good size. Cut a 24” strip of streamer.
Activity: Each child gets pre-cut shapes, or paper to make their own and markers or crayons to decorate them. Encourage them to write things that they are thankful for, such as a gift they received or an activity they did with the person they are making it for. Put away the Crayons and marker and get out the glue stick. Glue the shapes down the length of the streamer. Place a reinforcement label at the top then punch the hole through it. Add a string for hanging.
Notes/Tips: If you don’t have the labels (or even if you do), you can fold and glue the top of the streamer into a double layer to strengthen it.
Have fun embellishing! I have done this with two different age groups since the winter holiday break. The little ones added stickers and the older ones added snowflakes.
Banners fold flattest (best for mailing) back and forth accordion style
If doing this project with toddlers or pre-school kids I suggest reading Thank You Bear by Greg Foley too!