I love getting snail mail and my son loves helping me check and see if we got anything good (besides junk mail) each day.
We had letter writing time today... and I think I'm going to make it a weekly event. Not necessarily every Saturday, but maybe at least one day a week... if not more often? Today we wrote letters to Grandparents (hopefully get mailed... that is the hardest part for me... I have a few Thank You cards that I forgot to mail from 6 months ago). I love the idea of having some little letter writing prompts in a jar (or pocket- see cool letter area below from Craftzine) to help when kids are stumped about what to write. Today was very unstructured and my little guy just got to write what he wanted.
The components that helped him be interested in this activity were a variety of cool stickers, different sized and colored papers, alphabet stamps and stickers, a variety of writing tools, envelopes, and a play mailbox.
I sat down with him and we got started together. He did some "writing" with abc stamps, abc stickers, pencils, and markers.
After awhile, he had to take a detour from writing and create a giant volcano.
Then we talked about how we mail a letter and what we need to do in order to get it from our house to someone else's house. Simple steps: stick the letter in an envelope, write a return address and a mailing address on it, add a stamp, and put it in the mailbox.
Our mailbox is a little too small, but fun to play with. We'll head outside to the real mailbox later...
I absolutely love this Family Letter Center from Craftzine.