1. Use colored paper for the outside, but white for the inside to make it easier to read.
  2. Pick one of these simple greetings:
    • Happy Birthday
    • Happy Holiday (Choose one of these holidays)
      Rosh Hashanah
      Thanksgiving
      Chanukah
      Passover
    • Warm Winter Greetings
  3. Write in large block (print) letters. As people get older, many have a hard time reading small print.
  4. Inside the card: Share some simple information about yourself (e.g., favorite hobbies, pets, school, etc.). You can also write a simple poem and greeting inside the card. This makes the handmade card a very personal and thoughtful gift for the older person to receive.
  5. “Sign” the back of the card with your first name AND, if applicable, the name of the group, as well as the age of the child or children.
  6. Materials you might use include stickers, watercolors, puff paint, foam craft, feathers, ribbons, colored tissue paper, buttons, and of course, colored markers. DO NOT use glitter or sequins; they fall off.
  7. Helpful Hint: Do not write “Get Well.” Just because someone is older does not mean he or she is sick.

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