My kids are 6 and 5. For the past few years, I've had them at least draw a picture for a thank you note for Christmas/birthday gifts. It is important to me that they express some sort of gratitude for the thing that he's received, and we talk about how much Aunt/Grandma/Nana enjoyed choosing it for him, etc.
My daughter (preschool) generally draws pictures, but my son is older (first grade), and he can write THANK YOU FOR THE NICE TRUCK. I LIKE IT VERY MUCH. and such, but it has become this long, tortuous process and I was thinking about ordering/making some pre-printed thank you notes from a catalog that read "Dear ______, Thank you so much for the ________. It is awesome! Love, __________"
What would you think if you received this from a 6 or 5 year old?
Are they old enough to suck it up and write the note, or can I get by another year or two with fill-in-the-blank thank you notes?
Be honest. :)