Today is National Send a Card to a Friend Day. What a great way to promote the enjoyment of literacy (not to mention an opportunity for creativity)! Wouldn’t we all love getting a card from a friend? So, what might you do?
Send a Card To a Friend–Where to get the Card
Obvious resources are just using any stationary or blank notecards you already own.
Other options include making cards. Click on the link to my “Card Gallery” board on Pinterest. There are lots of ideas there. However, you do not need to do anything particularly complicated. You don’t even have to have special card stock, scrapbook paper, or those many delightfully tempting tools you can find at any craft store.
Here is a simple, but striking idea using materials everyone probably has on hand:
- Fold a piece of printer paper. This is your card.
- Find a contrasting paper–it could be scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, a brown paper bag, or even a scrap of fabric.
- Trace an interesting shape, no bigger than your “card” onto the paper/fabric. Cookie cutters work great for this.
- Cut it out.
- Glue the shape onto your card.
- Embellish as you wish with colored pen or pencil, glitter, bows–whatever you fancy. Caution: because this is supposed to be a simple card I would do no more than one of these options.
Now you have a card.
Write a Note
- What should you say? Here are some ideas:
- share a memory
- share a hope or dream for the two of you together–could be as simple as meeting for a walk next Tuesday
- express appreciation for this relationship
- encourage a friend who may be going through a rough time
- just say, “Hi! I miss you.”
Easy Peasy, as a friend of mine might say.
Get the Kids Writing and Creating
Are you a parent or a teacher? What a great way to encourage literacy!
In the classroom, if you want to do this but don’t have a lot of time, pass out index cards, instruct the students to decorate the blank side with crayon, markers, or colored pencil, and write the note to a friend on the lined side.
At home? Have a blast making cards with your kids. Pull out all your crafting stuff. Make more than one. Make some to have on hand for next time you need a card.
When done crafting, each of you select a card–parents and kids; it is important we model our enjoyment of literacy for our children. Then write to a friend. (For pre-reader/writers, ask your child to dictate a letter and you write what they say down. After, read it back to your child pointing to each word as you say it, thus reinforcing their understanding of spoken to written word correspondence.) Use this as a learning activity to teach your kids how to address an envelope. Put a stamp on it, and send it off.
Please use the comment space below to share more ideas for topics that would make a good note to a friend or some other fun card making activities.
And…Dear friends, I am so grateful to have you as readers.