Inspired by our Olivia’s Pen Pal story postcard, I decided to try a preschool pen pal exchange!
Since we are still at an early writing stage, I wanted to keep things fun and simple so I created this pen pal letter template (available as a free bonus download for our subscriber community along with February’s bonus materials – so exciting!) so that we could write a letter to a friend.
So far, our pen pal exchange is exceeding my expectations, and has led to all kinds of playful learning and exploration. We have learned:
- How to look places up on a map
- Letter and word practice
- How to address and letter (subscribers will find a video tutorial for kids in our bonus online membership materials for this month’s theme as well!)
- Scissor practice (to cut out a photo)
- and so much more!
To make the experience a little more educational, I added a hand-written note from me, telling a little bit more about our family, where we live, and the things we enjoy doing together. Given that it is still WINTER, one of our letters got a little wet when it arrived in its destination mailbox, and our package turned into a little bit of a rainbow, but that’s ok, we are embracing the wild color combination!
NJ was so excited to read something from another little girl her own age. We looked up Michigan on a map, and compared it to where we live in Newfoundland and Labrador.
One of our pen pals, Madelyn, wondered about what it’s like to live near the ocean (quick answer: our ocean is COLD and often stormy, but it’s still oh-so-beautiful) so our project for our next pen pal letter will be to find a nice day and to take some pictures (if we are REALLY lucky, we’ll find a day to get our picture taken with an iceberg in the background as it’s almost iceberg season when pieces of ice start to break off in the Arctic and float their way South). Maybe we will also share some fun facts about animals that we find here, like Puffins and Whales.
Overall, I loved this project and can’t wait to write more pen pal letters!
Pen Pal Tips For Young Children
- If you are exchanging a letter with a child or family you don’t know very well, add your own notes to their letter. Share more about where you live, your family and how your family enjoys spending time together. This really helps to spark their interest in the overall experience.
- Add stickers to your letter! Stickers are always a HUGE HIT, in fact, both of our letters were covered with stickers from top to bottom!
- Not sure who to write to? Send your letter to a family member or friend with a child around the same age. Or, send mail to a relative of any age and encourage them to write back.
If you LOVE the idea of your child receiving fun, educational snail mail on a regular basis, be sure to check out Petit Mail story postcards. Available in 3, 6 and 12 month subscription options and delivered every month in bright, fun envelopes.