I love how Rabia got her daughter involved with thank you notes, even though she’s just learning to write:
My daughter just turned five and I wanted her to be very involved with writing the thank you notes for all her birthday presents. I took a sheet of computer paper and folded it in half. I named a person and reminder her of the gift if needed. Then I had her dictate a thank you note to me. They don’t always make complete sense, but they are genuine. Then I gave her the note and had her draw a picture on the front-usually of the toy and the person who gave it to her. After I put them in the envelopes I drew a straight line where the address label goes and a square where the stamp goes. Then I let her put on all the stamps and address labels herself. She was very proud of herself for doing all of her thank you notes. We did a few a day until they were all done.
Wonderful. How many activities provide writing practice, art experimentation, life skills (how to properly address an envelope), quality time with Mom or Dad, and a lesson in gratitude? The perfect post-holiday task, especially if done next to the fireplace.
Another (much less personal but also less time-consuming) option is to use fill-in-the-blank thank you notes. My five year-old daughter used these over the summer. She filled them in, added her own personal embellishments, stuffed and stamped the envelopes. She loved them.
I also have a soft spot for Color n’ Kids note cards (see the related hack).