How a Bouquet of Notes Makes Saying Thanks Fun for Kids
Would you like to give a special someone something special?
Make an appreciation bouquet! It’s a quick and easy way to show people you care about just how much they mean to you.
In this article, I’ll show you and your kids how to fill a cup with compliments and make someone’s day bloom with joy.
How Can You Make Saying “Thank You” Meaningful?
Like most parents, you teach your kids the common courtesy of saying “please” and “thank you.” But sometimes you want to say “thanks” in a bigger way than words alone.
A card or thank-you note is a great way to convey your heartfelt gratitude, but sometimes you want to give something more substantial. Flowers make a great impression, but they’re expensive and so short-lasting. What’s a grateful kid to do?
A bouquet of notes lets you combine the sentiment of a card and the beauty of a bouquet, but it never wilts and it can be enjoyed for years to come. An appreciation bouquet is a moving, special gift, especially when given by a child.
I received an appreciation bouquet from my oldest child when he was 5. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I still have it 7 years later.
When he gave me another one this year, we had a wonderful time together reading the notes he wrote when he was 5 and the ones that he wrote as a 12-year-old.
Can you think of someone who’s made a difference to your family? It can even be someone within your family.
Take a step back and think of all of the wonderful things a parent, child, sibling, teacher or other important person does.
Then make an appreciation bouquet to let them know how much everything they do means to you—it’ll be rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.
Saying “thank you” never goes out of style. You can give appreciation bouquets as holiday gifts (think Valentine’s Day, Mother’s or Father’s Day or birthdays) or any day.
#1: Prepare Your Supplies
Gather all of the supplies you’ll need to make your bouquet. You can use plain white paper, but I highly recommend that you get some scrapbook paper that has colorful designs on one side and white on the back.
Cut the scrapbooking paper into long strips that are about 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) wide. Older kids can cut the strips themselves. If your children are little, you may want to cut the paper ahead of time.
Give each person making a bouquet a pile of strips (we used about eight strips per child) and some markers.
#2: Write the Notes
Think of the person you’re making the bouquet for. Then, on the first strip, write one nice thing about the person who will receive the bouquet.
Repeat this process for each strip.
If your child has trouble writing, you can help write down the words. Don’t worry too much about correcting your child’s spelling. Invented spelling adds a personal touch to the scrolls.
It’s fun to look back at the writing later and appreciate how much your child has learned over the years.
Once the words are written down, illustrate and/or decorate the strips using the markers and stickers.
You can also cut the strips into interesting shapes (like wavy edges or zigzags), but remember not to make them too short or you’ll have trouble rolling them up when you’re done.
It’s often helpful to ask your children questions to help prompt ideas. For example, you could ask:
- What food does this person make that’s your absolute favorite?
- If you could go anywhere in the world with this person, where would it be and why?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with this person?
- What’s a great memory you have of something you and this person did together?
- What’s something you think is beautiful about this person?
#3: Add Finishing Touches
Once the strips are finished, roll each one up and tie a bow around it. This is great practice for kids who haven’t quite mastered tying their shoes!
Then arrange all of the scrolls in the plastic cup. Let the ends stick out of the top so you can see the festive paper “flowers.” If there’s extra space, add another message scroll or some tissue paper to fill the cup.
You can decorate the cup as well by tying a bow around it or putting stickers on it.
#4: Present the Bouquet
Then comes the fun part—present the appreciation bouquet to someone special.
Have them open the scrolls while you’re there, so you can elaborate on what’s written down and let them know in person how special they are to you.
Give your kids big hugs for doing something nice for someone!
Some Final Thoughts…
Whether you’re making an appreciation bouquet for a teacher, a friend or a family member, you can be sure that you will make the recipient extremely happy.
I can attest to that myself. Two of my children made their bouquets for me and the other child made one for her brother. Both those who were giving and those who were receiving had a lot of fun.
What do you think? Who will you give an appreciation bouquet to? Let me know in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear about how you spread joy to those you love!
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