My daughter is now 5 years old. She’s in Reception at school and is thoroughly enjoying learning how to read and write. The messages that we get home are about encouraging writing in any shape or form, so that our kids are writing for a purpose, rather than just because they have to. So what better purpose could there be than sending a little happy mail and brightening someone’s day?
You no doubt know that I LOVE to send and receive snail mail. It’s a big part of my #BringBackPaper passion and activities. It’s an opportunity for me to indulge myself in stationery pretties, sit down and relax while penning a letter, and smile whenever one drops through my letter box. It’s a regular, happy habit of mine now, and it’s lovely to connect with other like-minded people, too – I find Instagram to be a great place to see other pretty letters!
It seemed only natural that my daughter, who sees me surrounded by letter sets and washi tape quite often, wanted to write to friends of her own. And so now she does. She has two pen pals, Midge and Miss B, and it is so sweet to see the letters and drawings that they send to one another. Boo likes to draw, pop stickers in, pen a note, decorate the envelope – all the fun aspects of snail mailing, and it’s getting her writing for a purpose. She loves it. Her little face when she comes home from school and sees she has a letter is wonderful.
As well as the fun of sending and receiving post, there’s also the stationery excitement. Now my daughter is already proving to follow me here as she does love a bit of pretty paper and a funky pen! And I think even the most reluctant of writers could be encouraged by some of these things I’ve spotted recently (yes, yes, I’ve had to look around at stationery shops to bring you this piece, very tough for me, you’re welcome….)
Day at the Zoo Writing Set (Paperchase)
Bubble Hardtop Pencil Case (Smiggle)
Scented Mini Gel Pens (Smiggle)
Rachel Ellen Lovely Writing Set (John Lewis)
And don’t forget the washi!
What do you think? Is pen-palling something your children might enjoy? I see it as a hobby to put a smile on their faces, as well as helping them to develop crucial skills.Win, win, right?