These printable kid’s contact cards are the result of a constant end of the year problem I’ve struggled with. As the school year ends I’m always faced with requests from my kids to make plans with their school friends over the summer. And honestly, I love to help them keep in touch with their friends – it keeps them busy over the summer and makes going back to school in September easier, because they are already talking about new teachers and making plans with their friends. My boys often come home with numbers hastily scrawled on torn pieces of notebook paper, and it’s always difficult to know what to do with it. Is this the parents phone number? Which parent? Is the intention for my son to call and chat or for me to call and set up a playdate? Or the big question – do the parents even know their child is handing out their phone number?
By now you probably know that I love printables. We use printable signs for Last Day of School Photos and and teacher gifts. All year long I use printable behavior charts and lunch box notes too, so you know I have a printable solution for our phone number problem!
For the last few years my boys have been taking these cards into class. My oldest calls them his “business cards” because his business is “hanging out” apparently. They’re a good way for other parents to know that it’s okay to make that phone call, and they include my name as well so other parents aren’t forced to ask for “Jason’s Mom” (not that I would bat an eye, half the neighborhood thinks that’s my name anyway). It’s been a really great end of year tradition for the boys and it’s helped them to fill up their weekend with play dates and plenty of phone calls!
Sometimes you get lucky and you make a mom (or dad) friend too. Then you have someone to help you eat all the strawberry lemon cake you’re baking as you quietly slide the patio door shut to drown out the wild screams of children freed from school for two months. Just saying – it could happen!
We also use these for friends made at summer camp or in a class that’s ending – my kids have even been known to hand out their numbers to regulars on the playground – they’re an awfully social bunch for people who don’t know how to tie their own shoes yet.
How do you manage summer play dates?