Christmas Card Station

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Christmas is just three weeks away and my children are so excited! We got our Christmas tree this past weekend and now the house smells wonderful! I love it. Every year we always send out photo cards and my children want to send their own cards to their friends and family. I think especially with the pandemic, writing cards to our close friends has been a great way to keep in touch and brighten someone’s day. 

I set up this Christmas card writing station for my kids to make their own cards to anyone they wanted. It’s also a great way to practice some writing skills. My children had fun decorating their cards with stickers and stamps as well. For my 3 year old, I had her decorate her cards and then I asked her who she wanted to send the card to and what she wanted it to say. As she told me, I wrote it on the card for her. This is great because young children see that words can be written down. 

For my 4 year old, I had her write her own letters. I wrote down some sentences and put them on the bulletin board for her to copy. Since she is learning about letter sounds, I had her sound out the letters to the names of the people she wanted to send the card to and write it herself. I love seeing how young children sound out words!

And for my for 7 year old, she can already write letters. But now she is learning how to properly write addresses on the envelope. So I put an example for her to copy on the bulletin board. 

To decorate the cards, I put out stickers, stamps, squares of paper to draw or cut out designs, crayons, and glue. Feel free to put whatever you know will interest your child.

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Here’s how to do it:

 

Supplies: 

-Cards

-Envelopes 

-Stickers

-Stamps

-Any other embellishments such as squares of paper, ribbons, glitter, etc

-Strips of paper to make sentence strips 

-Marker

 

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Step 1: On the strips of paper write out some sentences for your child to copy into their cards.  I put mine into the format of a letter but feel free to just put sentences if your children are younger. Place them somewhere for your child to see such as a wall or bulletin board.

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Step 2: Place the cards and decorating supplies in a basket.

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Step 3: Have your child make their cards. If your children are not writing yet, I suggest asking them what they want to say in their cards and writing it for them.

Step 4: Mail the cards out! Leave the cards and decorations out for a week or so. That way your child can make a card whenever they feel like it.

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