I’m trying to encourage my girls to practice their writing. They both enjoy writing stories, but are frustrated by the fact that their writing and spelling doesn’t match up with their imaginations. We needed a writing activity that used more every day words that they know, and less tricky words like ‘unicorn’ and ‘abracadabra’. So we dug out the writing sets they were got for their birthday last year (by the way – old fashioned letter writing set with stickers and pretty paper and envelopes etc – fabulous gift idea for 6/7 year olds!) and started writing letters to each other.
With all the letters piling up it was decided that we needed somewhere to post them. A big post box? Or what about individual personalised letter boxes? Yes!
I had to empty the biscuits out of two boxes so that the big kids all had roughly the same sized box to work on. Then we found some craft paper and glue sticks and set to work covering our boxes and added a name tag. We needed to let the box dry a little before I cut letter sized slots in the front of each box and set them up on our side board for easy access. We left the tops of our boxes open so the recipient could get their letters out.
A week later the big kids are still writing letters to each other and have even discovered that the letter fairy likes to deliver random letters ever now and then. There is lots of writing and reading going on, and who knows…maybe one day soon, the girls will manage to write their Z’s the right way around, especially since they both have Z’s in their name!