{Toddler Thank You Notes}

{Toddler Thank You Notes}

I come from a family of card givers.  My husband thinks it’s comical.  To me, there is nothing better than receiving a card or letter in the mail, call me old fashioned I guess.  I’m passing that card giving gene down to my little guy early, as he created his first thank you notes this past week.  So many people sent him gifts for Christmas, I wanted to send them a little thank you in return.

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I randomly saw it on Pinterest, yet sadly neglected to pin it, so I’m not sure of the source.  Do you ever do that?  I swear, it’s been happening to me more and more…

These are so easy to make and could easily be a Valentine card this year instead of a thank you.

Thank You Notes

To make a Toddler Thank You Card, you’ll need…

blank cards/matching envelopes

heart punch


black fine tip Sharpie

washi tape


I chose a square card and envelope set from Michael’s {take your coupons people}!

envelopes.washi tape

And I’ve slowly accumulated some cute washi tape over the past year that I’ve yet to really use.

To get started, I made sure Jackson was well fed and happy, so he’d be in the mood to do some coloring for a few minutes.  No one likes to try to get a hungry, grumpy toddler to do something!  While he ate, I punched the hearts in the front of each card.  I didn’t really care about the exact placement.  Some are in the middle, some are in the corner.  Do whatever you like best!

I then sat him in his high chair, gave him some crayons, and let him create his masterpieces.


He is currently ambidextrous.  Impressive, huh?!

Overall he colored 8 cards and it took two sittings.  About halfway through the cards he decided to throw the crayons at our dogs, so I knew he needed a break.  Soon he had some pretty good little works of art if I do say so myself.  Keep in mind, he’s 18 months old.

Toddler Thank You Notes

I added the saying on the front…”My art is yours” and wrote out his thank you inside each card.  To make the cards pop a bit more I also added a few pieces of washi tape to the front and as an envelope seal for fun.

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I just love them and think they are so cute.


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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.


  1. Eva Scott says:

    This is really cute! Love the idea for Valentine’s cards for the grandparents too. Thanks!

  2. OMGosh love this idea! I am sharing at my FB page!

  3. i love these! My dad is an artist for Hallmark cards so we are totally a family of card givers. Homemade thank yous were just a given for us after every birthday and Christmas at least. I’m trying to get my boys in the same habit so thanks for the new idea!

  4. So cute!! They turned out adorable!!

  5. awwwww!!!! I looove this idea! Pinning! Oh, too, TOO cute!

  6. I think these are perfect for Valentines! And my kiddo loves to color (uhhh, keeping it on the paper is another matter entirely) so she would love this project! Thanks for sharing, Meredith

  7. I love cards too – and letters! Great way to get the kids started early!

    Great timing – I’m actually sharing a post on letter writing tomorrow on the FOLK blog!

  8. Awww … this is cute!

  9. Very cute!

  10. Yay! I am so happy to see I am not alone. So glad you are teaching gratitude with cards. I have had our family do thank you cards for birthday, Christmas, etc. I will not sign my kids names on the card, they must do it. My three year old is slowly learning how to write is name on the card. I also trace his hand on the card next to his name / drawings. :)

    Love how you decorated and created your own cards. Very nice! :)

  11. These are so cute! Can’t wait to try these with Reed!!

  12. Ohmigosh. I am always struggling with how to get my two year old involved in thanking his grandparents or great grandparents for gifts. I *LOVE* this idea. Like, crazy love it. I’m totally doing this. Pinning and tweeting!

    • Aw, thanks! So glad you like it! I saw it on Pinterest and just fell in
      love…wish I could remember the source and/or find it again, but it
      disappeared for some reason! Have fun :)

  13. These are so cute, what a great idea!

  14. Very cute!

  15. These are super cute! I love this idea! My family is not card givers, I always forget to do cards, but if I were to send out thank yous for Little Man this would be the way i would want them to be, from him, not me.
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my linky party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-fascinations-8-everything-linky.html

  16. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up tomorrow evening!

  17. They are so cute!!! I love the idea. I’m totally going to have to try this with my little ones. Thank you!

  18. I love these! What a fabulous way to send a card they’ll keep forever! I’m pinning this!

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  19. Great idea for thank-you’s! We love getting our daughter to contribute to the thank-you notes, and it was the subject of my latest blog post that I thought you might enjoy. We’ve gone with the hand-print method a couple times now, but as she gets better at drawing we’re gonna keep your idea in mind. http://www.ordinaryparent.com/advice/5-reasons-to-get-your-kids-involved-in-writing-thank-you-notes/


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