The handwritten letter may soon be a lost art. In an age where an email reaches its recipient plenty faster, why spend the time getting out pen and paper to write an old-school note?
Sincerity: That's why! When your kids take the time to handwrite and address a letter – whether it's a thank you, a note to a relative or even their wish list to St. Nick – they improve their handwriting skills and are obliged to be deliberate in their thoughts and writing. Here's a list of unique tools and accessories to help your kid become a lifelong letter scribbler.
After the excitement of birthdays and holidays, getting your child to sit down and write thank you notes may be quite an endeavor. Try and make the process a little more rewarding and exciting for them with their very own personalized cards from tinyprints. Customize with their name – or even their own picture. Prices range from as low as $0.89 per card, with most packages starting at a minimum of 10 cards.
Letters don't have to be super formal, nor do they have to be written in ink. Brighten up that correspondence with these Crayola Twistables Crayons. They don't require sharpening or label peeling – and are thus better for writing script than traditional crayons that become dull and hard to write with (let alone read). Get a pack of eight for $1.23 from Pens N' More.
When it comes time for your kid to start writing in ink, consider investing in his or her very own letter-writing fountain pen. Fine writing can be fun when they pull out their special pen for writing special letters. The Pelikano Junior Fountain Pen from Pelikan is durable and functional, with a comfortable grip designed for smaller hands and secure cap. It also comes in a variety of colors. Find yours on Pen Paradise for $13.45.
A tedious part of writing letters is penning your return address over and over on each envelope. Make that process more fun by getting your child her very own return address labels. Seal all those envelopes and place the stickers in the corner, one after the other. These custom labels from Script and Scribble allow for up to three lines of customizable text and an array of templates and designs. Get a pack of 30 for $25.
Making pen-pal letters unique and exciting for your writing buddy is an important part of the exchange. In addition to doodling in the margins and trading silly sketches, jazz up the page with colorful dots! Just press the eraser of your pencil (or your own stamps) into a pad of ink and go crazy with your own creative designs! Get a pad of rainbow ink from Melissa & Doug for $6.66 on Amazon.
For the letter to Santa, make sure that envelope stays securely sealed on its long trip to the North Pole. Also great for all those post-holiday thank you notes, a roll of stickers like these from Oriental Trading acts as festive envelope sealers from Oriental Trading. These cute stickers will make each letter sent a unique package for the recipients. A set of 100 only sets you back $2.50.
Making a mistake in a letter can be frustrating. If you're writing your note with pencil, an eraser should always be in reach. These adorable wild animal erasers by Japanese company Iwako will make a great addition to your kid's letter writing team. They come in different colors, and their heads are interchangeable – so you can make your very own eraser creature! Get each for $1.50 from coolpencilcase.com.