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Toddler-designed cards

MATERIALS:

  • Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, stickers, etc. to decorate cards

STEPS:

1) Cut cardstock into thirds.

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2) Fold in half.

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3) Give cards to toddler to decorate.

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4) Once your child has decorated the outside of the card, have them tell you what to write on the inside and send the card off to its intended recipient.

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Here are three of Emma’s masterpieces. She insists on writing “IOIOIOIOIO” on everything, with the occasional “E”, “L”, and “T” thrown in for variety.

We made our first cards like this as thank you notes for gifts from Emma’s birthday party. She fell in love with the activity, so we’ve done it several times since. In fact, I’ve learned to be careful how many cards I cut out, because she won’t stop until she’s decorated every card I cut for her. The other night she literally fell asleep while decorating a card, because she couldn’t rest until all of her cards were decorated…

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

7 thoughts on “Toddler-designed cards”

  1. How old is Emma again? One of my older two did this exact same thing — Is and Os with a few other letters mixed in now and again. I bet they were around the same age.Anyway, very very cute!!!

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