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Simple ‘Thank You’ Pictures

9th January 2018
Simple Child 'Thank You' Pictures


Today, I’m sharing an idea for simple ‘thank you’ pictures. Kids can easily create some quick ‘thank you’ pictures to send to friends and relatives to say thank you for Christmas gifts.

Saying thank you

Obviously it’s polite to say thank you in some way – but I don’t think you have to send anything like this – saying it in person or a phone call or text or a social media message all suffice so don’t feel like this is something you should do! I do like to ‘send’ something, especially to friends and family we don’t see that often. When the girls were babies I sent photo thank you cards but these can work out rather pricey. Last Christmas I thought that Seren might be able to draw a picture for each person we wanted to thank but she soon tired of doing that, much the same as writing her name in thank you cards after her birthday. We started did these and didn’t manage to finish them (sorry!).

I noticed that a couple of my friends with slightly older children were sending photocopied drawings with messages on and that seemed like a genius idea! For the older children they would personalise some parts with the person’s name or what gift they had received. Given that we’ve run out of steam with thank yous recently, I wanted to do something as simple as possible.

Our Thank You pictures

My idea was to sit the girls (aged 5 and 2) down to do a drawing together then ask Seren to write / copy as much of the wording as she wanted. Best laid plans and all that as they ended up doing their own thing with Seren writing a – rather random – message on the back. Not ideal for photocopying! So I ended up doing a little cutting and sticking myself using both drawings and some wording.

5 minutes later we were all finished and I had 20 copies printed out. Now I just need to put them in envelopes to address and send!

About Hue Me Happy

Hue Me Happy is a happiness journal, memory jar and bright idea space. Written by Sian, a 40-something Mancunian living in north London. After, 15 years working in corporate marketing roles, I took a career break after the birth of my second daughter in 2014. I’ve been trying to regain a sense of calm, creative balance every since!


  • Reply Catherine @ Story Snug 9th January 2017 at 7:35 pm

    These look lovely! I did something similar when my daughter was younger. She drew a picture, I photocopied it and wrote a personalised message on the back. I still have the picture now. It’s adorable 🙂

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    • Reply Sian 15th January 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Ah how lovely that you’ve kept it!

  • Reply Fee | One of Each 10th January 2017 at 3:46 am

    I LOVE this idea! I am a huge fan of handmade thank you cards from kids. Sometimes my boy also doesn’t want to make a zillion cards so this is the perfect solution! Thank you #littlemakes

  • Reply RachelSwirl 11th January 2017 at 11:25 am

    You’ve inspired me to get E to do a drawing and J to write a little message underneath. Thanks!
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    • Reply Sian 15th January 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Glad to help!

  • Reply Jemma 18th January 2017 at 2:19 am

    This is a completely genius idea that I’m going to have to steal for my younger ones. No idea why I haven’t thought of that and still stupidly write the thank yous for them!! This is a much better idea! #littlemakes

    • Reply Sian 31st January 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I’ve been doing that! This almost felt too easy but then I’d always not get round to writing all the ones we needed to do.

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