Children love receiving snail mail and it can provide a wonderful way to cultivate interest in reading and writing. Postcards are the perfect mail for young children as;
- Their graphic nature stimulates interest in places others have visited or triggers memories of places they have been themselves,
- The message space is short, perfect for little dialogues and attention spans,
- Postcards provide one more way for children to learn that reading and writing are purposeful, meaningful activities.
Ways to Have Fun (and Learn) With Postcards
- Next time you head off on a family holiday choose a few postcards of places you have visited to send to friends or family members. For pre-writers, transcribe their words onto the postcard for them. Early writers might like to sign off with their own name or write a short message.
- Purchase an extra copy of each postcard to take home yourselves and use them to create a special book of memories. Record your child’s memories of each place you visited by transcribing their words.
- If you (or your partner) are heading interstate or overseas for a business trip, take a moment to write and send a postcard to your child. Even if it arrives after you get home, they will still be excited to receive it.
- If extended family members are heading overseas, ask them to send your child a postcard during their trip.
- Search online to find a child friendly postcard swap (or set one up yourself) to participate in and have fun receiving mail from all over the world. You can see an example from 2010 here.
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Parents of early and middle primary aged children, be sure to enter the Alphabet Soup magazine giveaway this week at Childhood 101.