I considered categorizing these thank you cards under “Frugal ideas”, but then I realized that the ink of printing these pictures probably cost more than the pack of cards I buy at the Dollar Tree. So, a teaching lesson this will be!
Before The Flash’s recent birthday party, I considered avoiding the whole gift-giving thing. Heaven knows the kids have too many toys. That is probably why when his toys go to time-out they don’t even care. They never try to earn them back. The toys often just get donated due to the kids’ nonchalance.
However, a big dose of laziness prevented me from contacting all party guests and telling them to forgo any gifts they had already bought. Hopefully, Marvel Girl will forgive me if I DO tell her guests to forget about gifts.
When present time came, the gift giver sat in the special Lightning McQueen chair (it was much coveted). I took pictures when the gift was opened. Again, this was mostly due to laziness as Professor X was obviously not writing down which gifts were from whom, and I couldn’t run off to get paper and pen. These pictures came in handy and I ended up using them for more than just record keeping.
I printed the picture of The Flash with the gift-giver. Then wrote words I wanted The Flash to copy onto thin strips of paper. I taped the word strips onto the paper with the printed photo in the corner. I made sure to leave space for The Flash to copy the words. Each horizontal line that you see in my scan is the top of my thin strip of paper. For some reason, the bottom of my strip is invisible on the scan, but rest assured it is located immediately below my handwriting.
The blank space created between the strips of paper (with my writing on it) made sure that The Flash’s writing stayed in a straight line, didn’t get too big or small, and he could use my writing as a model without needing to shift his eyes to a whole different sheet of paper.
Once he finished copying my words, I would take my slips of paper off of the card (which I did not do for the scan so you could see what I was trying to describe). After removing my word strips, only The Flash’s words remain!
The cards make him look like a super-star writer. Added bonus? I snuck some writing practice into his Thank You cards!