{Cards of Thanks} Make a Ship Craft

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Celebrate Thanksgiving

In the age of email, facebook, and texting, sometimes I think that the power of hand-made and handwritten sentiments are losing both their popularity and impact.  I try to ensure that my kids send out cards to family about once every 3 months.  One of my favorite things to look at when I looked through my older daughter’s scrapbooks is projects that have her little handprints incorporated in them.  So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I helped Bear (4 yrs) make some darling Handprint Ship Cards to send out to our friends and family.

After the paper was folded in half, I got out the brown paint to create the handprint with.  Like many children, my son had to be convinced in order to allow me to brush cold, gooey paint onto his hand.  Then I helped Bear put a brown paint handprint in the middle of the page.  While the paint dried, I cut out some waves from blue construction paper.  Bear glued them down where he liked.  Then I trimmed off the blue edges that hung over the white paper so the cards would fit in the envelopes.  Then he glued down the sails that I had prepared for him on the finger “masts” of the ship.

I printed out a short Thanksgiving message that Bear glued inside.  Then I let him “write” his own personal message with a marker.  Though, he can only write a few random letters, I know that the card recipients will appreciate his effort.

These handprint ship cards were an easy project that is personal and unique to my child.  Though the design is the same, each card turned out a bit different.  What a great way to teach and share with my son the joy and pride that preparing handmade, personalized items for loved ones creates in our hearts.

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Happy Thanks Giving!!

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Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned SAHM of two kiddos. Her blog, Crayon Freckles, is an eclectic mix of play, art, and learning activities. Mingled in are her perspectives on being a crunchy momma, having a long-haired hippy boy and using follow-your-gut parenting. See more of Andie on Crayon Freckles' Facebook page, on Pinterest or on her parenting teens site Why Does My Teen?

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