Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Making handmade greeting cards is a great way for kids to make use of the paper that they worked so hard to create. At the same time, making cards encourages creative writing and practice of written language. It also helps children learn how to write clear sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea, and how to be thoughtful about the audience and purpose of written material.
Gather all materials, including the handmade paper from the Papermaking activity.
Ask your students if they have ever received a greeting card before. What occasions do you send or receive cards for? What kinds of things do cards have written in them? Explain to your students that they will be using some of their handmade paper to create cards to give to their family and/or friends.
Use the paper that you made to create cards for your friends or family.
After 5–10 minutes, bring your students together to talk about what they have done so far. How did they decide what their cards would look like? How did they decide what the cards would say? This discussion should last no more than a few minutes.
Have your students finish making their cards and allow them to make more cards if they would like.