It doesn’t take a lot of expense or effort for children to write Christmas cards to all their classmates. Whether anything is attached to the card or not, I think it’s a good idea for kids to write out Christmas cards.
- They enjoy doing it!
- It provides good writing practise for them, whether they write it all themselves or copy words you write for them and even if you write some of it and they write the names.
- It can also provide some reading practice as they read the printed content or the list of names you wrote out for them.
- Kids don’t all have email (or other electronic) accounts so the argument of ‘we send Christmas emails now instead of cards’ won’t work for youngsters. Besides, cards are way more fun – they’re colourful, come in an envelope you can rip and you can physically hold them! It is also very nice to get something someone has obviously put effort into – kids can appreciate that as much as adults, especially if we remind them of that value.
- It helps inspire a love of giving – the kids enjoy giving cards to each other and like making their friends smile. If that can help keep a spirit of generosity in them, writing cards is a very small price to pay. I also like watching my children choose specific cards for each child as that shows thoughtfulness and consideration.
- Sitting down to write cards is a nice quiet activity in amongst the hassle and bustle of this time of year. Plus, kids are often very tired and lacking in resilience around now (I know mine are struggling!) so some quiet time is really good for them.
- It keeps the kids sitting quietly for a while – for me, I got a bit of tidying up around them done while they sat and wrote cards happily at the table.
So far, my kids have enjoyed writing cards to their classmates so much, they have written more – to me, to my husband, to other school friends…
Do your kids write cards for their group of friends or classmates, or perhaps even family members?