One of the excitements around the holidays for Emmett and Oliver is checking the mailbox (I wonder where they get that from?). Every day their anticipation grows with the hope another holiday card will arrive. Now it’s switched from holiday greetings to Thank You notes but soon this will come to an end as well. Other than the occasional birthday invitation or a postcard from a traveling friend or relative the “Mail Season” is over for the boys. But before we stop stalking our Postman….
Let’s check out these opportunities available for kids to receive weekly or monthly mail.
A winner of the Parent’s Choice Awards, Little Passports allows children to live through the adventures of Sam and Sophia as they travel the world reporting back from a new country each month. Not only will they receive a package in the mail with a personal letter addressed to the child but also a passport stamp, a photo from the country, souvenirs, and more.
Abe’s Peanut combines original art and stories with good, old-fashioned stamps. Every month a different story will be shared through four postcards, each addressed to the young and cheery recipient. Abe’s Peanut is all about making “mail magic” for kids and moving away from the digital world.
However, you don’t need to sign up for any programs if you have a willing correspondent such as a grandparent or friend who lives on another coast. Ask them to become pen pals with your kids or send postcards while they’re traveling. Help your kids start a postcard collection – Hang the postcards from a mobile, create a wall for displaying. My mother-in-law finds all kinds of reasons to send her grandsons mail, be it an invitation for a lemonade & cookie picnic or a handwritten poem during the month of April (National Poetry Month).
On your end, teaching children to write letters is handing them the power of the pen. While a preschooler might find joy “drawing” a letter or dictating to you a note to a loved one, your grade schooler can first begin with including their own name and the receiver’s name and eventually move on to sentences about the weather and their mood. If the child is writing back and forth to a pen pal it can become even more exciting. I have kept all the letters from a childhood friend, Jeffrey George, who would write me detailed letters while living in Brussels as a boy. I would read these over and over again imagining the castles he visited and trains he rode. Who knows if he enjoyed reading about my piano lessons and Brownie Troop but it’s hard to imagine how the sight of a letter with one’s name scribbled on the envelope wouldn’t put a grin on any kid’s face!