It’s Friday and we all survived the first hectic week back to school. The kids returned home from their first days at secondary school actually relieved. Which means Mama was relieved. They love the new schedules and running back and forth between classes and the fact that they are being treated more and more grown up. It seems as though they’re ready for all this so I guess I have to be too. Wish me luck.
As you may know my kids and I are big fans of snail-mailing our friends and family from around the world. Snail-mailing is something that I have been doing for years (you should see my Japanese stationary collection that I started in my teens!) and my kids have definitely adopted my love for writing letters the old fashioned way.
For us it’s also an ideal way for my kids who are schooled in Dutch and French to practice writing English in an interesting and engaging way. You should see those early letters that they wrote to their grandmother! Sweet and almost impossible to understand. Luckily they’ve come a long way since then in the spelling department.
A few months ago we participated in Giova‘s Flat Project with some little handmade fabric embellished cards. We all loved this project so much that we’ve been busy thinking of new ways to make our own letters and cards for our penpals. Here’s our latest idea.
One day my daughter and I were rummaging through one of my (beloved) drawers full of crafty goodness and we came across a little box full of brads that I had received from my mother years ago. We took them out and admired all the little coloured metal and cloth embellished brads and decided we needed to use them immediatly (I love it that my daughter enjoys these things as much as I do).
So seeing as we had a long list of penpals to write we decided to make little books in various shapes using our favourite patterned and solid coloured papers. We searched the house for any possible object that we could trace for interesting shapes (cookie cutters worked the best) and my daughter hand drew a few shapes that she had in mind as well (unfortunately we don’t have a hot air balloon cookie cutter!).
This is a great and simple paper project to do with kids of just about any age and ability. My kids (who are 11,11,9 years old) are experimenting with more and more complicated shapes now as well (airplanes, windmills, various pieces of clothing and maybe even a James Bond gun).
One daughter decided to start a back-and-forth letter with one of her pen-pals using one of the books. She wrote her letter on the first page and her pen-pal will respond on the second and send it back. She has dreams of this little book going back and forth over the ocean for years to come. That’s my kind of dream!