Giving Thanks Stationery

Giving Thanks Stationery lesson plan

Create stationery and envelopes to coordinate with any writing project. Prepare thank-you notes, letters, or poetry with flair!

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    The ancient Egyptians may have been first to come up with the idea of relief printing. Why do you think this art technique is still so popular today?

  • 2.

    How will you use your Giving Thanks Stationery? Will you write a letter thanking someone for sharing something with your class? A Thanksgiving poem? Use Crayola® Colored Pencils to experiment with designs that complement your theme. Use your imagination to create a clever and unique printing stamp.

  • 3.

    Cover your art area with newspaper. Draw your design on a foam tray with a colored pencil. If you use any letters, make sure they are backwards so they will print properly. Use the tip and end of your colored pencil to make indentations in the tray. Cut out the section of foam tray needed for your stamp with Crayola Scissors.

  • 4.

    With a Crayola Paint Brush, cover your stamp with one color of Crayola Washable Paint. Press the stamp down on the paper or envelope. Lift stamp gently. Air dry flat.

  • 5.

    To use another color, rinse off your printing stamp, dry, and repeat. Air dry flat.

  • 6.

    Write your letter, poem, or thank-you note in your very best penmanship on your personalized letterhead.


  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.


  • Students work in small groups to discuss reasons why one would be thankful, or grateful, for something. Ask one student in the group to make a list of items suggested by students on a white board and display it in the classroom for easy reference.
  • Working in teams of two, students write a letter of thanks for a teammate. Prior to the writing, students interview each other to find out what each is grateful for. Add an original sketch of the teammate and display it in the classroom along with the letter.
  • If additional materials are available, allow students to try relief printing on surfaces such as fabrics, paper bags, wood, and cardboard.