Tips & Ideas for Simple Card Creations for the Classroom
Embrace the season of giving thanks and giving back as the holidays approach! The classroom provides, like no other environment, a spirited and imaginative place of friendship and community where students can truly open the door to making a difference. One of the easiest ways to approach “helping others” this season, from the classroom, is to make and decorate cards and pictures for deserving people and groups – this is an easy but meaningful activity for kids of all ages. Don’t know where to start?
1. Implore students to designate their creations as tokens of thanks for someone who makes a difference in their life!
- Scout Leaders
- Youth Group Leaders
- Performance (music, dance) instructors
- School Club Leaders
2. Encourage students in civic engagement by learning about local officials and public servants and designating their cards to them!
- Police Officers
- Volunteer Firefighters
- City Council
- Chamber of Commerce
3. Reach out abroad and show kids how they can touch other people, at home or thousands of miles away!
- Our troops and heroes based around the world
- Pen pals in other states or countries
- Those affected by natural disasters in our country and others
- Residents of a local nursing home
- Children in a nearby shelter
Bonus Tip: Get creative with your classroom cards! Switch up the typical crayons and markers for water colors, finger paint, construction paper cut outs, magazine collage images and letters, and found art (ribbons, knick knacks, yarn).