Greeting cards can be fun year-round


January 14, 1995|By Donna Erickson | Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate

The ideas I receive from you are proof that parents everywhere are creatively making the time they spend with their children really count. One topic that generated an avalanche of clever ideas last winter was for recycling holiday greeting cards. Here are some resourceful activities the whole family can do on a wintry afternoon or evening.

* Margaret Johnson of Mora, Minn., suggests making all-occasion gift tags from holiday greeting cards. Cut out unusual and interesting designs from the cards such as a flow er, bird, house, etc. Some cards have raised designs, which are especially nice. Meanwhile cut index cards into 2 1/2 -inch-by-3-inch rectangles. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise and punch a hole near the top left corner by the fold. Glue a cutout on the front of the gift tag. Thread and knot yarn or embroidery floss through the hole to complete the tag. Store the tags in a box with your gift wrap.

* "Publish" a mini book of family friends, using the photo cards you received.

Trim photos and glue each one on a piece of construction paper that is slightly larger than the photo. Print in large letters under the photo the name of the individuals pictured. Punch two holes on the left side of each page. Stack the pages and attach them with a piece of string tied through the two holes. Out-of-town relatives and friends will become familiar faces to your children as they enjoy their new book.

* Make a matching game. Let your kids choose several cards. Cut off the front of the card along the fold and then cut each one in half. Mix up the halves and challenge your child to match the pairs.

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