Snail Mail Writing Practice

Since Bean and I have been checking the mail during Belle’s morning naps, he’s been very interested in getting mail. I think he understands that the mailman comes everyday to drop off our mail but I don’t think he understands that he can actually be sending the mail.

So, I decided to let him practice his printing by writing letters to the family. I set up a little letter writing station with all the essentials. Our station has a couple sets of blank notecards and envelopes, a sheet of stamps, some pencils, a set of thin markers and some stickers. 

To make it easier for him to decide who to write to, I made him a little box that has address cards for each family member. Since Bean can’t read names yet, I stole pictures from everyone’s Facebook page so he could see who each card belonged to. He also really likes the cards because he can take them all out and look at the family whenever he wants.

I obviously made him cards of our actual family members, and not just cards of his favorite cartoon characters… But he does like the option of writing to his favorite propane dealer! 

After he picks a person to write to, I ask him what he wants to say and then I lightly dot the letters with a pencil onto the card that he chooses. Once everything is outlined for him, he picks a marker and gets to work.

It takes him about 20 minutes to carefully trace the letters. He works pretty hard on it because I told him that he wants people to be able to read what he writes, so that they can write back to him. The prospect of getting special mail makes him concentrate really hard. 

Featured Image: Image credit to Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends. 

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