Pen Pal Letters
Sure, living in the age of technology has its perks. Skype was a total family lifesaver last month, when Dave was traveling around the world.* The kids got to talk to him before they headed off to school in the morning.
But there’s nothing like a good old fashion letter in the mail to brighten your day. It’s especially nice when it’s a letter from a friend. Through the power of modern technology, my kids have acquired pen pals from Europe. Which, is ironic, isn’t it? The internet has delivered old fashioned paper + pen pen pals. This is a crazy time we’re living in friends.
Sunday morning, we raided our paper supplies and the kids spent more than an hour, no joke—more than an HOUR!, happily writing and crafting their little hearts out for their pen pals. Considering how much cajoling, pleading and whining (all from me) it takes to get my son to write 5 sentences for homework each week, this was nothing short of a miracle.
I drew a template for an envelope, traced it onto some card stock we had laying around. I ended up making a whole stack of them for the kids. I’m hoping to turn them into little letter writing machines.
Add a few dabs of glue, some brightly colored tape and we got ourselves genuine, hand-crafted envelopes. Nice!
Next, the letters!
Then came letter decorating. More tape? Why not.
It’s ready to mail!
Isn’t that tape cool? It’s part of the Kid Made Modern collection at Target. Swoon!
Did you ever have a pen pal growing up? I didn’t. Cue sad song and pouty face. I know, aww, poor Jen. I think it’s an incredible way to get kids writing and communicating with their peers. And it’s quite thrilling too, isn’t it? Getting to know someone from a different part of the country or world than you? I might just need to get a pen pal myself.
*Want to see the result of all that traveling Dave did? Click here to watch his video.