Summer Fun: Writing Letters

by Wendy Copley on June 27, 2011

Writing letters

One of the “any time” activities on our summer fun list is writing letters. I added this one to the list for a few reasons. First off, I want Wyatt to keep his writing skills up over the school break. Also, one of my goals for the year is to send people letters through the post more frequently and when the kids sit down to write a letter, I’m more likely to do so too. And I’m always looking for more ways to help my kids connect to friends and family who are far away.

I’ll admit it — this one doesn’t always register as “fun” when I suggest it to the kids. They’re a shrewd pair and they see right through my clumsy machinations but I’ve slowly been making headway with the idea.

Writing letters

Unfortunately, the main thing that has inspired Wyatt to write is that his best buddy moved away. He has been writing notes and drawing pictures and stuffing them into envelopes every couple of days. Mostly, he has been writing his letters in secret which I think makes it more fun for him. Don’t you like having a secret with your best friend? I know I do.

When he does let me see what he’s writing, I keep my mouth shut about spelling (unless he asks, of course). Nothing like your mom marking up your letter with a red pen to kill all your fun.

Writing letters

When he sees Wyatt writing letters, Augie likes to join in too. His letter writing mostly consists of drawing on a piece of paper, adding stickers and scribbling “letters” and “numbers” on the page. When the letters are complete I help fold them and address the envelopes. Then the kids decorate the envelopes with more stickers and drawings.

Writing letters

Sometimes we write a lot of letters.

The real fun will come when people write back!

How about you? Do your kids write letters? Do you ever send snail mail to your friends and family?

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  • jessica

    I JUST started having Lorelei write to a pen pal. She has 3 (although we have only written to one so far) she is so excited to hear back.

  • Carollee

    My 10 year old daughter is in the midwest this summer with her grandparents.  I have been putting together a surprise box of goodies to mail to her to let her know that I was thinking about her, but this weekend, out of the blue I went to get the mail and there was the cutest letter addressed to me in the mail box.  She had written me a letter to tell me that she missed me and included decorations that she drew for the 4th of July.  It was so sweet and I am now so glad that she does see me write thank you notes and letters because it really does brighten up peoples day, even Mommys who miss their daughters.  You are teaching your boys to do wonderful things for other’s souls.

  • Lori

    That’s a great idea!  I have been having a tough time convincing my son to practice reading and writing this summer.  He has several cousins that live away- I’m going to do this.  Thanks for sharing!

  • I just had a great idea! We should have Wyatt and Lorelei write to each other!! What do you think?

  • What a fantastic surprise for you! It’s such a joy to get something like that in the mail, isn’t it?

  • It’s a good sneaky way to get them to keep writing, isn’t it? We parents are so diabolical!

  • The written word is still easier to access than the spoken word..I appreciate when I see a unique and new design ideas.

  • Robbthomas

    Wendy, thank you so much for these wonderful lemon labels!  I found them through another blog where the mom had done a lemonade stand and used them!  We had so much fun cutting and making all the fun things!  Sincerely, Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  • Ninad

    I’m a first grade teacher and thinking of some of the things we do in school to keep the writing center “fun.”  Looks like you have fun-colored paper, markers, stickers, and real envelopes ready for them.  What about stamps and stamp pads (with letters and pictures), postcards, and letter stencils?   

  • Spawn has a brand new pen pal, but we haven’t started the the snail-mailing just yet. We had a family emergency recently, so we opted to put it off for a few weeks. His pen pal is from a homeschooling family just like ours – my friend Kelly’s son. They’re nearly the same age and have lots of common interests. Thanks for the inspiration. I think today may be a snail mail writing day. =D

    Chrissi, Cyber School Mom

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  • Very interesting letter ideas. I mean children should not waste time in stupid activities. They must do things like that as you discussed here nice approach.

  • So Childish but so cute. I love these beautiful decorated letters. Thanks for sharing..

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