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DIY Thank Yous

Posted by  ·  January 26, 2010  ·  Last Updated: January 26, 2010

My daughter is really into writing letters. She wants to write all by herself  and told me that I could just say each letter and then she would be able to write her own thank yous. Well… I worried that process might take a very LONG time so I came up with this…

I found this great font called Quicksand. It can be downloaded for free here.

I printed two thank yous on a page. On the inside she dictated what she wanted to say and I printed the cards again with the messages on the inside and then cut the cards in half and folded.

She was busy and felt so good!

Here is a round-up of printable thank yous from around the web.

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  1. Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    Thank you. It gave me an idea about writing to remember things. My kids are writing their cards this week. I totally love this font! Thank you!
  2. Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    Nice, this also teaches the children to write better.
  3. Reny
    Monday, August 2nd, 2010
    I cut out the dotted thank you's, have them trace it, and make a collage on a folded piece of cardstock, so every card is a unique masterpiece!
  4. Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
    I did this at Christmas for my 3 year old's thank you notes. All of them just said "Thank you" but it was a start. The only difference was that I did the dotted text for her to trace by hand, this makes it so much easier, thank you!

    To use them on Windows, open up the .zip file that you downloaded go into the QuicksandFamily folder and drag the .otf files to a folder on your desktop. Then right click on the otf files and choose Install. Then they will be in Word for you to use.
  5. Saturday, February 6th, 2010
    Wonderful idea! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - post is under my name. Thanks so much!
  6. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    I echo what another reader wrote: Fantastic idea! Unfortunately I’m technologically challenged and although I can download the file I am uncertain how to ‘use’ it? Do I need a particular program to be able to use it? or is there a way to import it into to my Word program? Any advice would be appreciated!
  7. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Excellent--thank you!
  8. Carrie
    Friday, January 29th, 2010
    This is PERFECT for us! Very timely! My 4 year old daughter enjoys writing letters to family members and sealing them in envelopes. She often writes the same words (the few she's learned how to write thus far). This will really come in handy and she'll be learning to write some new words. Thanks!
  9. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    This is awesome!
  10. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    Muchísimas gracias por compartir ésto!! yo también tengo una niña pequeña que está aprendiendo ahora y la información me viene fenomenal!
    Gracias de nuevo y enhorabuena por tu blog. Das unas ideas bueníiiisimas.
  11. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    What a great idea! My son is still a little too young for this idea, but I will definitely keep it in the back of my mind. Really so creative!
  12. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Great tip! I actually already had the Quicksand font installed but didn't realize it had a "dashed" version. Thanks!
  13. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Thanks for the font suggestion. My daughter's kindergarten teacher and my almost preschooler will love it! It's so hard to find fonts with the lowercase "a" the way kids learn it in school. Great find!
  14. Julie
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    What a great idea! I will have to remember this when my little one gets older. Thank you for sharing.
  15. Sheila
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    How Cute!
  16. Julie H
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    What a great idea! I love it. My son just had a birthday & this will be perfect.

    I have a template that I use from tlsbooks.com that you can type a message onto that the kiddos can then trace over. you can find it here http://www.tlsbooks.com/handwritingworksheets.htm

    They also have tons of other great & free printables! =]
  17. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    What a wonderful idea! genius! I love it :)
  18. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I can't wait to work on these with my daughter.
  19. Jenny
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Ohhhhh, such a great idea! And, you are a great mom for helping her write thank you notes! Just the cutest!!
  20. Michelle
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Fantastic idea! Unfortunately I'm technologically challenged and although I can download the file I am uncertain how to 'use' it? Do I need a particular program to be able to use it? or is there a way to import it into to my Word program? Any advice would be appreciated! :(
  21. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    good idea. Here was our solution this year for 4 year old thank yous.
  22. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
  23. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Okay, I must be lame. I tried to download it. there we a bunch of folders so I clicked extract files. When I click on the dash file I see a prewritten sentence in various sizes, but I can't figure out how to do my own. The only choice I see on that page is print or done. HELP!
  24. LisaP
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Bookmarking with a quickness!! My VERY independent Kinder will be ecstatic... as is Mommy. Hallelujah! :D
  25. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Hi Cindy! great idea. I went to the link and created an account but now I can't find how to download the font. Can you help?
  26. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    What an awesome idea!!
  27. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    This is such a great idea! I had found a Web site that creates handwriting practice sheets for my son but it was frustrating to format the pages correctly. So this font is perfect, and I didn't even think of using it for thank you notes
  28. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Ooh, I love this idea! It would be great for my independent Kindergartner.
  29. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Thank you so much for sharing this! Perfect!
  30. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    So cute! I use fonts like Quicksand also to make books for my preschooler. I scan her pictures that she has drawn and type the words below that she dictates then print and "bind."
  31. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    I LIKE it. My kids always need to work on handwriting and doing it in a Thank You is even better. I posted my appliques. Thanks
  32. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    I love this idea! It would have been great for when my daughter was younger and wanted to write her own letters... dictating DID take forever! I'll have to file this away for when my other two are learning! :)
  33. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    OMG- I adore these!!!!!!

    I can;t wait to start using that font- it is SO perfect for these AND for teaching my daughter to write her name!

  34. Silvelaine
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    Lembro-me disso na minha infância. Eram desenhos que podiam ser cortados. Ajuda muito a coordenação motora. Muito Legal!!!
  35. Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    What a great idea!
  36. Jess
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    That is a GREAT Idea!!!!!! DS7 is getting better with his handwriting but this would be a great help. I will be using this for both him and his little sister. I use that font to print out things for him to practice his handwriting, but never thought to use it like this.
  37. Dawn
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    super! That's why I come to your site! You find (and do) the greatest things! Thank you
  38. katey
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    I found another fonts for you. here link:

  39. katey
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
    that wonderful idea... I would like my daughter write herself instead me help her... thanks!!!