Ready for round two of ideas for ways to use the United States postal service to connect with your grandchildren who live over many rivers and through many woods? Good. I’ve got some great ideas for you!
Color my world. Go to a store that sells art supplies and purchase several brilliantly-colored colored pencils. I really like the kind that are like water-colors. They blend like water colors do when you go over your drawing with a wet brush. Send your grandchild one pencil a week with directions to use the pencil to draw a picture. You could also have her write a story, poem, limerick, or haiku. (If the colored pencil has an interesting name, have her write a story using the name of the color somewhere in the story or base the story around the color.) When you have sent all of the colored pencils in a set, send your granddaughter a binder and plastic pages to put her drawings in. Then, the next time you visit, she can show you all of her drawings and stories.
Here are directions for creating a simple book of your granddaughter’s work. Here’s an idea to create a Japanese book from your granddaughter’s work. Here’s another similar way to put your book together. This can be as simple or complex depending on the age of your granddaughter.
Teeny tiny postcards. First, print out this cute little mini mailbox. Then, cut up index cards into small pieces that will fit into this mailbox. Write letters on your teeny postcards. Put them in the mailbox. Then, box up your paper mailbox containing your teeny postcards and ship it off to your grandchild. After your grandchild reads all of your postcards to him, he can make his own postcards, put them in the mailbox, and send the teeny mailbox back to you.
Round robin story. Begin writing a story. Mail it to your grandchild. Have her write a paragraph and mail it back to you. Add a paragraph and mail it to your granddaughter. Continue sending the story back and forth with each person adding a paragraph until the story is finished.
Memory match up. Make a simple paper matching game. Using clip art from your word processing document, print up sets of matching pictures. Include them in your letter to your young grandchild. You can also make sets of pictures of you and grandpa and other family members.
Print stationary. Here’s a link to a site where you can make your own stationary. Print up several sheets. Make self-addressed stamped envelopes. Mail these off to your grandchild to use to write a letter back to you. You can include ideas for your grandchild to write about: favorite thing at school, favorite thing to do on Friday/Saturday night, a pet, book recently read, friends, what they want to do during their summer vacation.
What fun things have you done through the U.S. mail to strengthen your relationship with your grandchildren?