Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Card Writing Center

Christmas cards are definitely a fading trend but they make a super fun and engaging center for kids of many ages!

First you need some Christmas cards!  Each year about this time I start requesting old holiday cards from my students.  Maybe they saved the cards from last year and I definitely want them to save this years cards for me so I can use them with next year's students. Here is a flyer to get those cards collected for next year.  (I also hit all my family up to save their cards.  I can usually get about 100 from just them along.)


Then when I have my cards I pull and Auntie Terri and I cut the back part of the card off.  Basically - I cut along the fold and throw the part with the saying away.  Students then will write on the back of the cards.





I will put these in a writing center and allow my students to pick one card during their session at that center. They can make a card for a friend, a family member, or whomever.  I will give them writing prompts such as "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas."


When you are collecting cards there are a few things I have learned to watch for.  First, take anything with any religious meanings out.  Even if the students select it, I am not comfortable sending those home from school because I am providing them with the students.  Second, the brighter the colors, the cuter the card, the more likely is a student will select it.

I like to save one card for each student to use for our parent gifts.  This makes wrapping SUPER easy.  Students just pick the card they like and I staple it to the brown lunch bag.  No decorating needed!


Both the flyer and the prompts for the back of the cards are in my Simply Kinder Random Freebie Files!  


4 comments:

  1. Love the Christmas Card Writing Center ideas~ Just found your blog through Top Teachers!
    Robynn
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  2. Jennifer! That is so cute!! I used to bring in old cards, tear the written part off and place them in a bin in our writing workshop area, but I never thought of having the kids use them for creative gifts...LOVE it.....Way to recycle..hahaha


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  3. Christmas Greeting - send a free greeting card to your friends, it's all free for you just open it and fill the details and send it to your friends. and also you can send New Year greetings and many more. New Year Greetings 2013 A blessed gift of hope and love, A blessed Christmas & New year to you.

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  4. GReat tips! This comes handy this coming Christmas 2013. I love your ideas, and if you happen to look for some examples of Christmas card messages, feel free to stop by and I hope my samples will help you guys as well.

    Happy Holidays, everyone!
    Anne Walker

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