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Making a greetings card

Cards can be pretty expensive. The good news is, they’re also pretty fun for kids to make, and friends and family members will love getting them. Card-making also helps with writing, so it’s win-win-win. We’ve got some ideas to help you get started.

Design a greetings card

You can make a card by folding a piece of paper in two. Then, talk about who the card is for, and what the occasion is - a birthday, an anniversary or just to say hello. You could help your child think of a picture for the front that they think the person would like - and then let the crayons and coloured pens loose.

Write a greeting

After you’ve explained who the card is for, and talked about the occasion you can help your child to sign their name, add some kisses and write a specific greeting - like Happy Birthday.

Send a message

When you’re talking about the occasion, you can encourage your child to decide what their message might be. You could sit together while they write, and help them spell any tricky words.

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Handy tips

Pick somewhere your child goes to a lot – like their school, or the park, or a shop – and ask them to write down directions for how to get there from your home.

If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.

Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.