Making a birthday card is a practical and meaningful craft activity for kids - a project with a purpose. A store bought card just doesn't compare. There's just something special about a handmade birthday card. The thoughts, love and time that go into a handmade card are priceless.
We've recently celebrated a very special milestone in our family. Before the big day, Little Miss and Little Mister each made a birthday card.
I folded card stock in half and then let the kids design their own cards . Little Miss decided to paint a flower with a face in the middle.
After the paint dried, she used her special fluoro pens for the message underneath...
... and finished the front off with hearts - all her own ideas.
Little Mister wasn't having any flowers. Can you tell what he painted?
They both traced around templates for the inside of the cards. Oh, and a little drawing on the hands as well.
The message inside is where it gets really special. Little Mister told me what he wanted to write. As he dictated, I wrote on paper, and then he copied the message onto the card.
... To Dorrie, I hope you like my bear in the cave.
I didn't ask, but I'm guessing that was inspired by Michael Rosen's, We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
Being older, Little Miss wanted to write a longer message. Again, the words are all her own - so much more meaningful than a poem, written by an adult, inside a bought card.
They were both very proud of their cards and of course, their great grandmother just LOVED them!!!
Happy Birthday, Dorrie!!! Ninety five and still sharp as a tack. So pleased you enjoyed your surprise and the week of celebrations.