My family loves to tease me because when I was young I used to have my thank you letters ready for guests before they left my house. I think expressing gratitude is such a powerful character trait. It rewards the giver and receiver! Teaching kids to write thank you letters is one concrete way to teach gratitude. And, it’s a great writing activity!
Many children will write letters to Santa requesting things that they want. But, how many kids will write a thank you letter to Santa after receiving their gifts?
I’m sharing easy and simple printables to use with children to write thank you letters to Santa!
First, I have a colorful Thank You Letter to Santa Printable template for you to print. There is even a spot for drawing a picture of what they are thankful for from Santa.
I’ve also included a Thank You Letter Word Bank full of words that little ones might want to know how to spell. I always encourage kids to sound out words they are trying to spell and to put down the sounds they hear. However, when working on special holiday writing or themed writing, it’s nice to have a word bank they can refer to when spelling. It’s just one more tool in their spelling toolbox.
The thank you letter template and thank you letter word bank could also be used for writing thank you notes to anyone who gave a gift to your child. In fact, why not have a writing thank you letters party! Gather your letter writing materials, hot chocolate, cookies and settle in at the kitchen table for some thank you letter writing.
Not only will you be teaching your kids an important lesson about gratitude; you will also be brightening the day of the recipient with a handwritten thank you letter from a child!
Check out our writing activities page for more ideas.
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*This post first appeared on Growing Book by Book on 12/16/13.