Creating greeting cards for people in need is always a great and easy service project to implement. Nevertheless, to create a thoughtful and creative card–especially for someone you have never met in person–can be difficult to make.
In my situation, CAYP Kiwanis was creating cards for developmentally disabled adults at Arts & Services For Disabled, Inc. who use art everyday as a medium for therapy and expression. These students were already accustomed to creating beautiful abstract paintings and images. In turn, I knew that our group of volunteers had to bring their game if we wanted to make truly interesting and meaningful cards.
To avoid making the same generic greeting card messages “Have a Nice Day!” or “Thinking of You” and simultaneously encourage CAYP Kiwanis members to be more creative, I took the following steps:
- Introduce texture into the cards by using yarn, beads and 3D foam stickers to promote tactile/kinesthetic learning. According to Family Education, “Most of the school population excels through kinesthetic means: touching, feeling, experiencing the material at hand.”
- Use glitter glue and other visually appealing mediums to visually enhance the card. Glitter glue is an inexpensive way to brighten up any card. Remember to let the card dry after completed!
- Offer construction paper in various colors. Especially for students who love art, having cards in different colors will improve the appeal of a regular greeting card. Construction paper also offers a different texture from regular white computer paper.
- Write a meaningful message that relates to the front image of the card. It’s great to have a beautiful image on the front of the card, but if the message inside has no relevance then it can confuse or even upset the reader.
You’ll be amazed at what kind of greeting cards people can make when offered a variety of different materials to work with. Just remember to encourage them to use the different materials or else they might end up being forgotten at the table.