Liliana and I were in Dallas this past weekend and we visited the zoo. As souvenirs, I put pictures up from the trip in her picture frames instead of getting tchotchkes. And as something fun to do, we always get postcards to send. Liliana has a lot to say (always) so she thought it was great when I told her postcards are a way of "telling stories" to other people who live far away.
Plus, writing postcards is a quick way to get literacy into your day and works for little kids all the way up to big kids!
1. Get your writing space ready.
Clear a counter. Write at the table. Write in bed, even.
Liliana lined her postcards on her art table. She decided on her art table instead of the kitchen table. Art and writing are not too different - it's all about telling a story and conveying ideas.
"It is more comfy, mom."
That's a good rule. Write where it's comfy.
3. Don't worry about punctuation, spelling, grammar or even letters!
This is supposed to be fun and encourage writing. Plus, all writing is risk-taking. Let the risk be rewarded in a safe environment. Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar or anything else unless your child wants you to help with that. Let the postcards be fun! This way, they will want to send more and get better and better at writing them.
Liliana picked out her pencil. Then she picked out mine. That's because to her, this was natural to do together. That's totally fine. Writing can be collaborative. She told me her stories about the zoo while she "wrote" them on her postcards to her friends and family. This quick literacy activity included just as much talking as writing.
I wrote the addresses. Liliana realized I was addressing the postcards and noted, "You write your letters. I write my letters. I don't know how to do your letters." Not yet, but she's excited to one day!
Bigger kids who do know their letters can address their own and pick out stamps to go with them.
- Charley Harper Animal Kingdom postcards
- Fingerprint Art postcards
- Who doesn't love Where's Waldo?! Send these Where's Waldo postcards.
Still feeling uninspired? Make your own! You can make your own postcards with these blank watercolor postcards.