When school starts, students enrolled in day care programs and summer camp will say good bye to the leaders that have helped them have an enjoyable summer. It’s always polite to say thank you to someone who has been nice. This art project can be used to do that, as well as teach manners, how to address a post card and how to write a thank you note.
Materials: large unruled index cards or stiff paper, markers, pens, stickers, example of a real post card, paper bag or box.
Any type of stiff paper can be used to make the post cards. Some hospitals print forms that have several carbon copies, and have a stiff backing sheet that is thrown away. A nurse or administrator might be able to donate this scrap material for recycling. Old file folders that secretaries throw away can also be cut to size and used. A typical size for a post card is 4 ¼ x 6 inches. A larger size can be used by young students who have large hand writing.
Before the activity, draw a line down the center of one side of each card, and a square in the top right-hand corner, like the writing side of a post card. Allow each camper to draw their own picture on the other side of the card. You might want to show them examples of post cards, just in case they’ve never seen one.
Address the cards by writing the instructor’s name and area (swimming pool, archery range, etc.) in the address area on the card. Have the youth write a message in the message area. Apply a sticker for a stamp. Have a box or container to use for a mail box. When all the cards are created, allow the youth to play Post Office, sort the cards by address, and deliver the cards to the front desk, or hand them out during lunch.
This activity is reprinted with permission from Day Camp in Hawaii, a complete program for summer camp or summer school, now available from Amazon and Create Space, 8 ½ x 11, 132 pages, $9.95. https://www.createspace.com/3854054