Get Crafty with Make Your Own Cards This Festive Season
As we approach the festive season, it seems that this year’s celebrations are going to look a little different. Many of us are far from friends and family, but at Yoto we’re determined to give kids plenty of fun, creative ways to enjoy their holidays. So put down the macaroni and glitter and pick up a Make Your Own card - it's time to get festive!
Make Your Own cards offer endless opportunities for your little ones to get creative. Whether recording stories or songs, you can store up to 600MB or 10 hours of audio on each card, and edit them as many times as you like!
Once you're happy with your recordings, you can decorate your Make Your Own cards with stickers, drawings and messages so you know what's what and who's who. Then you can play them whenever you like or even send them to friends and family members to tap on their phones or listen to on their own Yoto Players.
And now, when you add others to your Yoto Family Account, they'll be able to record their own stories directly into the app and have them appear on your phone to link to your Make Your Own cards!
Feeling inspired? Here are just some of the ways you can transform your Make Your Own cards into special gifts this festive season.
Say Thank You
Mums and Dads are the real holiday heroes, even if many of us give others (real or imaginary) the credit.
If you feel like your partner needs some extra recognition, why not help your kids to thank them with a special Make Your Own card message? Sing a song together, write a festive poem, or just show some good old fashion gratitude. Decorate your card (with plenty of love hearts, of course) and leave it somewhere special for them to find it!
Start a Family Band
Have your kids become musical maestros during lockdown?
Why not show off your new virtuosic self by recording a performance by your new family band? Pots and pans, toy keyboards and broken ukuleles will do just fine. What matters that you all have fun and make plenty of festive racket!
Start a Family Book Club
Is there a talented storyteller in your family or friendship circle? It's easy to add friends and family to your Yoto Player's Family Account so they can record stories in the Yoto App for you to listen to.
Have them make a recording for you to link to a Make Your Own card. It could be one of their family's favourite storybooks or a tale of their own invention. Roald Dahl famously came up with many of his most beloved tales while thinking of bedtime stories for his daughters!
If your friends don't want to download the Yoto App, that's fine! Most smartphones have free voice recording apps which they can use to record and email their stories.
Get Crafty in the Kitchen
December is a time for giving and togetherness, but it's also a time for food! If your kids are already getting excited about all the goodies that you'll be whipping up, why not plan ahead and make some recipes to listen to as you cook?
Then you won't need to worry about which hand is clean enough to turn the pages!
These Make Your Own cards are perfect for sending to friends and family who might need a little culinary inspiration. Get the kids to record their recipe, decorate their card, and then pop it in the mail!
Give the Gift of Laughter
There’s no better gift than the gift of laughter, apparently. Though five minutes of alone time with a cup of tea wouldn't go amiss!
Regardless, we’re sure that you all have some hilarious crackers to tell. Pop on your comedian cap, and start this season off with a giggle. If you're at a loss, you can always tune into Yoto Daily on Fridays to hear plenty of jokes from Yoto listeners around the world!
Spread Some Love and Festive Cheer
Some of us haven't seen our best friends and fondest family members in quite some time. Why not send them a special message from your family to theirs?
Have your kids think about their favourite memory of a loved one, and why it was so special. Talk about it when making your card, and remind everyone of that lovely memory this Festive season. Then decorate your Make Your Own card and pop it in the mail for that special person to enjoy!