Some say the art of writing letters is lost, but not us! We love the skills letter-writing can build in children, including spelling practice, storytelling, imaginative play, and more. The holidays are a perfect time to build this skill as many families hit the road! While traveling, children can write letters to friends and relatives back home.
Here are three simple activities for your little travelers to enjoy during the holidays:
1) Sneaky Surprise Notes!
If your child is spending an extended amount of time away from home, he may feel a bit anxious or unsettled. Use letters as a way to discuss feelings, or just spread a little extra love within your own family. Leave a love note under the child’s pillow (especially if staying in a hotel or unfamiliar place), or at the breakfast table for him to discover when he wakes up!
Check out this inspiring blog post by Joyce of ChildhoodBeckons. Her son used letter-writing practice with our Wooden Mailbox as a way to connect with his father during a busy time. Through pictures, love notes, and little surprises, he found multiple ways to connect with his parent and nurture the connection between them.
Read her full post and list of ideas here.
2) Stamp Letters
Recently, Instagram fan @Taylerkaye06 shared this Alphabet Stamp project with us. We think this is a fantastic way to encourage spelling and letter-writing practice in a unique, imaginative way!
Some ideas for using stamps for letter-writing include:
- Have the child practice patterns, making certain letters a particular color, or alternating colors
- Practice distinguishing between uppercase and lowercase letters while “writing” the note
- Choose a special person whom your child misses, and talk about what the child would like to write in a special letter for that person.
3) Pretend Letter Play
Without having to send physical letters, your child can still have some mailing fun this holiday season while traveling! Using a “pretend” mailbox (which can be just a shoe box or paper grocery bag) have your child “write” letters and deliver them around the house you’re visiting. This is also a great way to bond with family members or friends your child may not see very often throughout the year.
- Ask the child to write his/her name (or first initial) on a postcard and “mail” it (slide it under a door or drop it in a drawer)
- Write a word on a postcard and ask the child to use a crayon to copy the letters onto another postcard
- Ask the child to play “mail carrier” by distributing the letter and postcards to people in the family, then collecting them again. The “recipients” may use the crayons to add a message or delivery instructions for the mail carrier.
What letter-writing tips would you add to this list? Leave them in the comments below, or e-mail to socialmedia@MelissaAndDoug.com!