I must admit that I don't overly enjoy writing out Christmas cards - my wrist begins to ache after a while - but I do enjoy receiving them and hope that the cards I send can help raise a smile on the faces of those who get them. When in comes to family in particular, I like to try and personalise cards as much as possible and get the children involved. That way, the card is almost like a gift in itself to family members who we don't get to see as often as we would like.
And this year is no exception. I was wondering what we could try and do this year - possibly some potato printing or a glittery, hand-drawn picture - when the offer of trying out some card making stickers landed in my inbox. Merry Stickmas! Card making kits are aimed at children aged three and above and cost £6 per pack with free UK-wide P&P. Each kit includes six sheets of stickers, 12 blank cards, and 12 envelopes in each pack.
I was surprised when I opened the kit and saw the stickers. I was expecting them to be more-or-less whole images (for example, a complete Santa sticker) rather than having to stick all of the arms, legs, branches etc. together in order to make up the image. I can see pros and cons to this. It's a good thing in that it takes longer to make the cards, keeping children quiet and occupied. But, I found that most of the sticker scenes were complicated to put together, especially when trying to do them with a nearly four-year-old. Having said that, once I'd dismissed the notion of trying to get all the stickers looking perfect on the cards, Sophia and I had a great time working together and enjoyed the bonding time.
Having said all of that, Sophia's cards didn't turn out badly in the end. In fact, I'd go as far to say that she did a fantastic job. What do you think?