I always encourage my children to write thank you notes, and as a result, I end up buying quite a few cards. I realized that I would rather make personalized note cards that are that much more meaningful (and can be used for other occasions as well).
For this project, you will need need paper (thick, white cardstock is ideal), washable paint (fingerpaint), and markers.
I find that this project is more efficient to make multiple note cards at a time. You can buy blank folded cards, or you can make your own. I use a thick card stock paper and cut carefully to the size I want.
Once you have your paper ready, start with stems and leaves. Depending on how old your child is, you can have them paint the stem, or you can have them do just the fingerprint portion of this project. You can also draw the stem with a marker if you prefer.
Have your child add leaves to the stems.
You can do just one flower or multiple flowers, and however many leaves you want.
Next, we added the center portion of the flower as well as a big thumbprint (which will later be our “bees”). You can of course make as many bees as you like, and they can be wherever you like. Or, make other bugs (ants, ladybugs) or even other features (a sun, grass, etc).
You can let your paint dry before the next step, or you can go ahead and carefully add the petals of the flowers.
We did different color flowers, but you can be creative and decorate your note cards however you like!
Lastly, we decided to use sparkly paint for the bee wings, but you can use gray or whatever you like. After all the paint dried, we used permanent marker to decorate the bees.
We save our cards to use for birthdays, cards for our teachers at the end of the year (to go with our teacher gifts), thank you notes, and other occasions. It is easy to make quite a few cards at a time if you make them in an “assembly line”, especially if you let them dry in between steps so that the fingerprinting doesn’t become too tedious, especially for younger kids.
Have fun and be creative! You can make different plants and bugs or whatever you can think of!
This project was inspired by “1 2 3 I Can Make Prints” by Irene Luxbacher.