Right now you’re probably thinking one of two things. You’re either thinking- man, this is pretty last minute Colleen. Or you’re thinking, Thanksgiving already? That’s pretty far away still. And your reaction… tells me if you’re Canadian or American ;)
In Canada, we’re about a week away from Thanksgiving. Which means you have a week to make this activity and these thanksgiving cards happen. But the good news is- that’s super easy to do. And if you’re from anywhere else- well, you have more time!
This printable is wonderful for a few reasons- not only is it a pretty little piece of snail mail, but it is an activity for busy kiddos (hurray for fresh air!), and it makes a great gift for grandparents when packaged with a few photos of little ones- the perfect thanksgiving cards.
I shared this activity with printable Thanksgiving cards over at The Little Umbrella last year, but wanted to give it a refresh with new lettering and, of course, new pictures of the kiddos! I am so pleased with how it turned out. I love it even more than last year.
Here’s the deal with this one. Pack up your littles (or head out yourself!) with some snacks and drive until you find a field full of wheat, the perfect ‘adventure’ spot. Wheat, weeds… there’s lots of both around here and my kids like them equally. Spend some relaxed time picnicking in the tall grasses and finding the perfect stems to bring home to send to Grandma in the mail.
This year, we didn’t adventure as far as we did last (last year we found such a beautiful field!) But instead opted for a quick hike up near my sister-in-laws. They still found some ‘wheat’ to bring home.
I love that this activity gets my kids outside, teaches them about giving thanks, and involves snail mail (one of my favourite things!). As a bonus, I now have new photos of my kids to swap out the old ones on my wall! I’ll be honest though, I love these cards so much that I would send these even if I was the one collecting the wheat and assembling. They’re adorable- kids or not!
To assemble, print on card stock, cut to size and tape your piece of wheat on the front with some pretty tape. You could use a dab of glue if you’d prefer. Write a sweet note inside and slip into an envelope along with a couple photos of the activity and you’ve got yourself some very lovely snail mail. Instead of heading to the store to pick up prints I am SO happy to finally have a printer that works, you guys! This has been an ongoing struggle. I recently received the Canon Pixma MG7720 (or here in Canada) and it’s the bomb. It printed the cards AND the photos on photo paper. They’re even better than what I get from Walmart.
If you print these thanksgiving cards off and make use of them, I would LOVE to see! Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on social @colleenpastoor.
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