Over Thanksgiving lunch (we had to do lunch since my husband worked on Thanksgiving, as always), we talked to the kids about gratitude. They told us they were thankful for each of our immediately family members and when they were done with us, the younger of our twins added, "And J.K. Rowling." Her twin sister agreed and added, "and Harry Potter." My son agreed. When we asked the 2-year-old, she insisted she was not thankful for Jo Rowling. She is, however, thankful for Dobby, Hedgwig and Luna, so that's Ms. Rowling by default.
I suggested the kids let Jo Rowling know they're thankful for her, so they each made cards for her.
G-d bless Pinterest! We headed there and found some inspiration.
This was E. (younger twin)'s card inspired by this. She used magazine pictures for the feathers and the boxes from our stuffing and apple pie. She used the inside of the apple pie box for the body and the background is a page from an extra phone book (I've since opted out of the phone book since Google exists).
This one is courtesy of my son. I can't find the inspiration now on Pinterest and I didn't think to save it at the time. Sorry. He used recycled magazines and sequins--lots and lots of sequins.
This one's from my oldest. This was her inspiration, but, in the end, opted to stamp dots and draw and color circles rather than use finger prints. The outlined it all as well. Then, she cut a circle from cardboard and added googly eyes.
Up at the top, you see one all of the kids made. I saw this and thought it was perfect for our 4. So we traced and cut out each one's hand prints and then they each decorated their own hand print. They each signed the back of their hand print. Well, the toddler scribbled and I printed her name. Hey, that's what she meant, even if she doesn't know it yet.
The toddler did NOT want to let hers go. "Dat my hand," she screamed when I tried to put the card in the envelope. I had to explain that we were sending it to Dobby and Hedwig. Only then did she agree.
I included a note of thanks to Ms. Rowling as well. Just before I sent it, I added another quick note explaining that turkeys made from hand prints or cutouts are common for Thanksgiving. Not being American, I could just imagine her receiving that first card and wondering what in the world was wrong with us.
We Americans really are weird, aren't we?