Crafting Letters ~ Snail Mail

by Destri on August 25, 2010

I started this tradition before we moved and had almost forgotten how much fun it was for the kids, simply sending cards.

One day I was cleaning out a closet and I found the box of blank thank you cards that were left over from my wedding.  Just simple white ones, and knowing I would never use them I threw them into the kids craft box.  Little did I know it would turn into one of the most anticipated activities of the day.  The time of day that mom says “Okay, time to make letters!”  You may be wondering what time of day that is.  Well for me it is that time about an hour before our naps when the kids have exhausted all other avenues of self entertainment and have begun to drive me insane.  Just before my voice hits an octave I would regret later I simply say “It’s time to make letters!”  and they go scrambling to the table in utter excitement.  If only we could entertain a teenager so easily :)

So here is what we do:

I get out two of those little blank thank you notes and envelopes, stickers, stamps, markers, crayons and whatever else I dare give them and lay it all out in front of them.

Then I walk away.

And they just have at it.  They always end up stamping the table of coarse, and my little girl always ends up with ink on her lips.  But they are content and quite.  And at “that time of day”, that’s all I can ask for.

See, this is me taking a picture from the sink where I was attempting to do the dishes while they fought at my feet twenty minutes earlier.  Still happy.  And I finished the dishes :)

When they are all done they look a little something like this.  Then we put them in the envelope, stick a stamp on them….

and off to the mailbox we go with letters and blankie in tow.

Then they put them in the box, knowing that somehow, someway by doing this, it will end up at grandma’s…or whoever the lucky recipient may be for the day.

The funnest part of this has been the mail we get in return.  We have received some equally colorful mail, and sometimes little treasures from people the kids may not even know.   Old friends, distant relatives and even cousins have been good to play along.  I just open my address book and point to someone, and like to think it will put a smile on their face to get a little snail mail.

What do you do at “that time of day”?

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Aubrey August 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

What a great idea Destri! The pics of your kids are adorable! We will definetly have to start doing this…who doesn’t LOVE getting mail? I’ve almost forgotten what I do at “that time of day”….I haven’t had one for so long since I’ve been visiting family. :-)


Destri August 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thanks, I think they are kinda cute. Eleni refused to go out without that blanket all day, she cracks me up!


Emily C @ Sew Super Sweet August 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

So, SO neat! I love that your kids love writing letters! And I can only imagine how it brightens the day of the unexpecting person on the receiving end!

For me, “that time of day” is when we head outdoors no matter what!


Destri August 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

That has been my favorite part, everyone’s response. It has been a great way to keep in touch with people!


Laura R. August 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Thank you for this post!
I’m am going to start doing this with my 3 year old ASAP!



Destri August 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Oh that is the perfect age! You can even bring out the glitter and glue!


Jaclyn F. August 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm

What a fantastic idea! I am going to implement this!


Destri August 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Jaclyn :)


Tina August 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Oh, how I love this! Snail mail is a lost art. And how cute are those little ones walking down the street to mail their letters!
I must do this.
Thanks for the idea!


Destri August 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I know, I love that picture. I took the camera just to get a pic of the letter going in the box but when I was walking behind them, well you know, I had to get that shot.


Izzy September 4, 2010 at 7:49 am

I totally agree!! Snail mail is such a lost art.

Thanks for sharing Destri!! Makes me want to ALWAYS keep whatever extra materials (e.g. the wedding cards). It will come to a good use for these impromptu activities!


Ruth August 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

This is such a cute idea. I would love to receive something like this. I’ll have to start doing this with my son.


Destri August 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Um Ruth, loving all your projects! The hanging thread basket, and the blueberry muffins, oh my…


LUPE August 26, 2010 at 3:19 am

love this we do this too
sooo much fun cause i love making cards too
and even more then my daughter does


Destri August 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

I know when they get older we will be able to pull out more fun things like glitter and glue, that’s when I might have to steo in and join the fun!


Cristina August 26, 2010 at 5:53 am

What a wonderful idea! Snail mail is such a blessing to the recipients I’m sure.
In an age where email is a main form of communication…snail mail that’s not junk OR bills is a wonderful treat! Thanks for sharing!


Destri August 26, 2010 at 6:27 am

My sister was at the post office the other day with my 15 year old niece and asked her to fill out an envelope for her and she didn’t know how! But I bet she knows how to embed a you tube video in an email! So I guess I need to make sure they get a chance to fill out the envelopes :)


Aimee September 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I love this idea. This is something I’ve been considering for awhile for myself. I need to get busy with my letter writing. Visit my Early Literacy blog because I’m linking up to this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.


Ninou February 3, 2011 at 6:24 am

I absolutely love this idea! Why only write on special occasions? I especially like the randomness of the recepient, will definetely do this with my little girl! I discovered your blog via designmom just today and I’m so glad I did! Thank you for the great ideas! :o)


Destri February 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks Ninou, so glad you did too! Are you in France? I don’t know if I can handle the answer if you are, it seems that is where everyone is these days, and it makes me slightly envious :)


Krystal February 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Love it! Love it! By the way…your white table is adorable! Would you mind sharing where you got it?


Kendra November 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

We have started to do this a little with our 4-year old daughter and a few of her cousins. She loves writing them notes and getting mail in return; we are thinking about putting a little pen-pal kit together where everything is in one little place. She LOVES this activity, so I am glad that your kids enjoy it, as well!


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