A few years back my sister-in-law, who lives out-of-state, started with Stampin’ Up. She was very excited about all of the neat products that they had and all of the beautiful cards that she could create. It was a little while after that she started sending the most creative hand-made cards to our children. The idea was for them to get excited and make their own to send back. Cut to several years later… we now have a vast collection of stamps, inks, paper, and much more! This has turned into an exciting part of my children’s education and their character building.
Within the world of card making, our kids have learned so many things. They have learned about the importance of color, how to lay out a design, neatness, and creativity. They are constantly looking for new ways to use their skills and various ways to use the tools available to them. It is teaching them to think beyond what is in their hand; to take what is there and make it into something new. No scrap is too small, no item unusable.
Creating cards has taught my children the art of written conversation as well. Not only do the kiddies have to make their cards, but fill them with meaningful thoughts and ideas. It is so special to read what they have to say. At first they were challenged with what to write. Now they eagerly grab their pencils and start scratching away. They have learned to not only write about themselves, but to ask questions of the other person.
The most important thing our kids have learned while making cards, is character. How, you ask? They have learned patience, diligence, thoughtfulness, kindness, gentleness, and orderliness. To think of someone else besides yourself can be a challenge for young people. Our time at the craft table is teaching them to do their best for someone else. To bless someone with their time, effort, and words.
I highly recommend delving into this wonderful, exciting world of card making. Not only will you have fun, but you will have taught your children a most important skill… thoughtfulness.