This article was first posted earlier: 30/10/2014
The first thing my grandsons do once they leap from the car is check the letterbox; although these days, there's very little to be found there other than advertising leaflets. But there's something exciting about opening the letterbox and peeking inside that never seems to dim.
Regardless of age, finding something in the letterbox personally addressed is a wonderful way to connect with your grandchildren and build memories. Yes, email is faster with little expense, but snail mail has its own appeal. And kids love it!
Continuing a tradition
My father used to send notes and cards to my children on a regular basis when they were young and they would dance around with excitement.
He'd often add little pen-drawn illustrations on the envelopes and include cryptic addressee titles along with the formal address. We'd frequently find missives addressed to 'The Moby Dick fisherman' (after my son caught his first fish) or perhaps 'Australia's best chef' (my daughter had baked a cake), and other interesting titles.
The letters created plenty of comment and discussion with our postman,. too.
Create your own snail mail fun with your kids or grandkids.
So now, as a grandma, I try to send my own whimsical notes and letters to my grandchildren.
When I visit with them, they often drag out the old letters or cards I've sent them and ask me to read the inside messages to them again. They really do treasure those simple letters I post to them.
So.... how can you create your own snail mail fun? What do you need to create exciting letters that will keep your grandkids eagerly watching for mail?
1. Send your cards or letters regularly
You don't need to rigidly post one letter every week on a set day and time. But if you only post your grandkids once in a blue moon, there won't be any thought or expectation of a delivery arriving sooner or later. It's the same as when your favourite magazine is due in your letterbox early each month. You don't know exactly the day it will come but you're looking for it, expecting it, hoping for it. And when it does eventually arrive, there is eager excitement.
2. Organise stationery for kids and encourage them to write to you, too.
You can buy stationery that your kids will love using but I've found it's not that easy to find appealing designs. And... they're often quite expensive for just a few printed sheets and envelopes.
So.. to start you off, I've included a free pack.
You can find your free stationery below. Just download the files, print and package them up as a fun letter-writing pack for your grandkids. Naturally, there are plenty of other choices and designs that you can find on AtGrandmasPlace online store. And there are other wonderful designs from Etsy. I've listed some below.
BONUS: A special mailbox for the kids
This idea from TinyMe is a great addition!. Download, print and create a special letterbox for the kids and and set it up for their next visit.
Set it up ready for them and watch their reactions.
Pop some letters in the letterbox for them to find when they arrive. And, you could prepare some stationery for them to use and then post in the letterbox for themselves. You'll also find full instructions for creating this set at TinyMe.
Alternately, post the mailbox pieces to them so that they can set it up themselves at home. Then they can write and post letters to others in their family.
What better way to encourage kids to write- and enjoy the activity! Check it out below...
More Kids' Stationery
3. Include some little extras like stickers and stamps, or decorate the envelopes
Sometimes, I try to slip some stickers inside the envelope as an extra highlight. The letters are more highly anticipated than ever by my oldest grand-daughter since she's taken up philately. You can find plenty of resources for kids for stamp collecting. You can even create and order your own stamps. How much fun would that create for your grandkids to find their own photo on the stamp?
Even if you don't want to go to those lengths you can decorate the envelopes a bit.
I try and use the most beautiful stamps when I post cards to Rachael. And stationery packs for kids usually include some wonderful envelopes.. like the Mail Munchers pack listed below. You can find them on the AtGrandma'sPlace online store.
Download the template from TinyMe. Print and send the pieces to your grandkids or set it up ready for their next visit!
Enjoy yourself with these great resources and build some memories with your grandkids.
Get your copy of these exciting stationery packs for kids
Each kit contains 3 different styles of stationery: a page for those kids who cannot write sentences yet. They can draw something special and then write their name at the bottom; there is a page designed with a small number of lines for kids who are learning to write but might be overwhelmed by a lot of lines to complete; and there is a full page of lines for writing but still some fun characters on the stationery page.
There are even some fun cards. There are some monster lined envelopes. And there are some Monster Mail Munchers that can be slipped onto the top or corner of a page of stationery or even a book as a bookmark. The kits can be downloaded or ordered as a complete kit that comes in a plastic kit with some additional fun items- stickers and pencils.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.