Your holiday guests may have already come and gone, but you can always think up a good reason to make a sign. To celebrate or commemorate an important event, to say thank you, to communicate a message, or even to publicize something wonderful. Giving thanks, honoring guests and showing loved ones that we're proud of their accomplishments (however small!) are basic acts of human kindness that we certainly want our children to develop, so what better way than with signs?
As it turns out, a collapsed cereal box is the perfect size for a door sign, so be sure to recycle those to have on hand anytime. All you'll need is a thick black marker (sharpies are great, but keep away from children) and some crayons. I drew the images and words in black and my four year old had a really nice time coloring everything in. Big signs not only make a statement, but will keep the kids busy for a longer period of time, which is usually a good thing unless it happens to be bedtime.
Older kids might have a fun time making signs to to put up all over the house with fun messages that will make everyone laugh or help them remember important tasks, and it might even be an interesting forum for self expression. Give it a try!