Making holiday greeting cards is a great craft activity that can be both meaningful and fun for your child.
For example, for Valentines’ Day, cut out big and little hearts of several different colors. You can put them in separate piles such as in a egg carton or appetizer tray with divisions, which makes the activity easier, or in one big pile to make it harder (I put them in a heart shaped glass bowl). Get a large piece of white construction or drawing paper and fold it in half lengthwise.
Then say, “Let’s play follow the leader!” Start at one end and your child from the opposite and create a pattern of hearts such as pink, pink, red, pink, pink, red (easier, especially if you cut all the hearts the same size) or big red, big pink, little pink, big red, big pink, little pink (harder). You can have your child start out by imitating you one heart at a time, then copy a whole unit of the repeating pattern, then finish or continue the pattern on his/her own until you meet at the middle. You can lay your heart patterns in straight lines, diagonally, in zigzags, or circles. Take turns being the leader and follower. Either way, you’ll end up with a symmetrical design that you’ve created together.
Have your child help you write the message, or trace over your letters with different colors. Have your child deliver and present his new creation to his special Valentine with a hug and a high five!
For Easter cards, you might cut out bunnies in different poses and colors to line up for a big carrot in the middle of the card that Mama bunny is holding and waiting to serve. For Christmas, cut the card in the shape of a giant Christmas tree, and make your symmetrical patterns the decorations, strings of colored lights, or garlands of popcorn and cranberry patterns. Your child learns attending to multiple attributes, visual imitation, and cooperative co-creation while absorbing and enjoying the festive imagery of the season.