{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}!

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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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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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! :)

  3. says

    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!

    • meredith says

      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 :)

  4. says

    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!


  1. […] thanks to Meredith at Wait Til Your Father Gets Home for originally sharing the idea as birthday thank you notes from her son.  As soon as I saw her post, I knew I had to adapt these to valentines.  They are […]

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