I'm super excited! While navigating the internet with some like-minded letter friends the subject of "child penpalling" came up. One thing lead to another and I reached out to a neighbor of mine who has children that I thought might be interested.
It turns out they might be. So I put out a call to get them a penpal and to my wonderful delight there are two lovely girls, one it Germany, the other in New Zealand who are up for my young neighbor friends, Clara and Jeanette.
"I couldn't possibly just hand over
an address now could I ?"
No no no...
Instead I opted to create PenPal Pouches to equip these youngins for what will hopefully be a long lasting pen friendship. I actually had all this stuff on-hand. I had the large plastic pouches and put some No.10 envelopes inside. Then I filled each one with STICKERS, STICKERS, STICKERS! And a nifty blank postcard they can create with the stickers.
And here's the thing, the stickers came from that lovely FREE pickup I made from "freecycle.com". Remember that post!? See how things come full circle? Love that! These stickers aren't my cup of tea, so it gives me great pleasure to pass them on for some good use. And above all I am passing on the Art of Letter Correspondence to the younger generation!
I quickly (20min) made some fun personalized labels on the Mac for each pouch and VOILA!
I also printed out my US 2016 Postage Rates and my Letter Postage sheets so they can pin up wherever they decide to write their letters for some helpful guidance as they navigate this Whole New World...and in comes the Disney music....
And lastly, it isn't fun to be handed equipment and assumes you know how to use it. So I will be sharing this video with my young neighbors (It's from PBS Parents website).
There is no guarantee they will take to it, and it's not fair to push something on anyone. It's far better to accept what their fortés actually are. But why assume it is NOT if someone hasn't tried something first. =)
PS, I chose NOT to include pencils or paper in these pouches. Two reasons. I want them to know that embellishing is great but the content of a letter is far more important. Regular lined paper they have on-hand with a few stickers should do. Second, if they really do want prettier papers I will suggest a quick trip to the dollar store. It is an inexpensive way for them to spend their own money so they are VESTED. Let's face it, when we are vested we appreciate it more and do better with the task. So in making your PenPal Pouches, you may want to leave something out to give your child the opportunity of doing a bit of work. Making them pay for their own stamps might be a good start. I believe the dividends are greater in the long run. =)
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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