Story + Art = stART – Story- and Thank You Time..

Our next stART project inspired by Playing By the Book and  A Mommy’s Adventures – who have made some great booky projects! Do take a look, they are fab!! (Do scroll down, there is a suggestion for you with what to do with a baby…).

Colouring his Thank You

Thank You for the Farm Visit

Thank You for my Train Ride

Ok, a slightly different take on “Story + Art” this week. This week I wanted to write some Thank You cards – as Red Ted’s Granny came to help (I had an appointment with Pip Squeak) and we went to a birthday party at Odds Farm. Both warranted Thank Yous – Red Ted had a wonderful outing on the Tram & Train with Granny and at the Birthday the Birthday Mum had gone to a HUGE effort with all the cakes (she made 4!), she also paid for everyone to go, which was very generous.

So. What does this have to do with “Story + Art”. I decided to “reminisce” with Red Ted – the art of storytelling is fading in our culture and is just as important for stimulating the imagination and learning to express yourself. So, we talked about the “good times had”.

The Farm: Red Ted told me about the pigs and the sheep (and how we were allowed to feed them (eat eat sheep) and how we had to wake the pig (“wakey wakey” pig and snoring sounds and eyes shut) and how there were 2 donkeys (2 iiii-aaa, horsey) – there were 4 actually, but Red Ted is only just starting to learn about numbers… So, I (badly) drew some sheep, pigs, donkey and some bunnies. Red Ted coloured them in!

Then to Granny’s day. This time Red Ted told me about how he was allowed to press the buttons (two buttons two) and how I had to draw some doors for him to get in and out of the train. Then some windows. We also drew the tracks and flowers.

Both cards I drew “free of hand” – don’t worry how your drawings look, your child will love whatever you do – look at mine, hardly a piece of art – specially, considering that selling art is “what I do”. But getting it right wasn’t about this activity. It was about telling a story. Reminiscing and encouraging Red Ted to “have a go”.

He did get a little bored towards the end (he was tired from the day out) and wanted me to colour, but I resisted – the colouring was HIS job and HIS thank you!!! I think he did wonderfully!! (PS He also drew inside the card a little.. but that was fine too!).

Gone on, have a go.

Thank You from Pip Squeak

For Pip Squeak’s Thank Yous, I have to employ a different tactic – soon she will be allowed to do some “messy play”, especially as soon as we can do it outside with not many cloths on. In the meantime, I LOVE taking prints with her foot. Cutting out the best one and sticking it on a small card. You can add her name and age if you like! Great thank you card to family babysitters or for someone who lives far away and doesn’t get to see them often!

I am linking this with “T is for” at:

Jenny Matlock

Other stART projects:

Hurray for Fish – one for babies or messy toddlers!

Bedtime Star – Red Ted, makes a starry night for Pip Squeak’s nursery

The Way Back Home, Oliver Jeffers – Red Ted makes a plane and a UFO


16 responses to this post.

  1. wow, Maggy, you are an inspiration! My boys LOVE you and your vlogs, so easy for them to follow – gives us great ideas for Getting Crafty together x


  2. Maggy, what lovely cards!!

    To answer your question, yes feel free to include us in your “Get Crafty” posts… how fun! I really do appreciate the link, thank you!! 🙂



  3. Those are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!


  4. […] thought about “story + art” and how we could use this and remember my post re “Thank you cards” – and how storytelling is such a lost art in our […]


  5. Posted by JDaniel4's Mom on June 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I think thank yous are really special. These are great.


  6. What great ideas!


  7. i always trace my girls hands on the back of the card and let them color it in as their signature, love that footprint 😀


  8. Terrific!


  9. What cute thank you cards. Very creative.


  10. handsome!


  11. Thank you for linking up to Alphabe-Thursday this week!

    If you choose to participate again (and I hope you do) don’t forget to put a link back on your post to the actual meme. It makes it easier for everyone to visit other linked posts that way.

    If you’re not sure how to do that, just e-mail me and I’ll tell you how!

    And now…

    I love this idea. It is so important that children be taught this from an early age. Your son is absolutely adorable! And that footprint thank you note is totally clever! I am going to “borrow” your idea on both of those!

    Thanks for this happy and creative stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday’s Letter “T”!

    It’s great to have you here!



    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

      Sorry Jenny!! Have updated now 😉 was an older post and only just “found” you.. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it! x


  12. I’m glad that the children are making “Thank you-cards”. “Thank you” is a very good T-word!
    Best wishes,
    Anna’s Ts


  13. Such a wonderful and creative idea! These are perfect and personal thank you’s. :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    still trying to make it through the great “T” posts…before it’s time for the “U” posts!


  14. […] stART: Story & Thank you time – inspirational thank you cards     […]


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