When we were in school, we used to engage in writing letters to known people; including friends, family, acquaintances or even unknown individual across the globe who would later become our pen pal. With the advancement of technology, the writing of letters has almost vanished. It has been replaced by emails, WhatsApp and messenger messages or even e-cards.
Why not make children explore this precious tradition from our school times. Not only will they learn how to write letters but will also reap various benefits from the pen pal activity. Improved vocabulary, increased command over the language, expansion of vocabulary, development of social skills, enhanced communication skills are some of the benefits children can get by engaging in pen pal activities.
Mentioned below are four pen pal activities:
1.Letter to someone the child likes: This letter is to someone they like. It could be the favourite cartoon/movie character or actor or even a superhero. If they keep on waiting for the reply to their letter, make them understand or write the letter yourself pretending to be the favourite actor/character/superhero.
2.Letter to the best friend: Give your child a paper, and you will be surprised that the amount of stuff they have to tell their best friend; about. It is a great way to keep communication going between friends.
3.Letter to the grandparents: Give your child a paper, and you will be surprised that the amount of stuff they have to tell their best friend; about. It is a great way to keep communication going between friends.
4.Letter to the class teacher: A teacher leaves an impact on a child’s life that no one else can. Encourage your child to write a letter to his/her teacher about how grateful he/she is for being the student and what all qualities about the teacher that he/she likes. There is so much we have to be thankful to our teachers for!
The best part about pen pal activities is that it does not require any fancy stationery or supplies. The basic postcard, pen and stamp works! With schools closed, pen pal activities are a great way to remain connected with friends from preschool. Encourage children to write a letter to their pals and classmates and ask their well-being.
Get going with pen pal activities. Grab some paper, a pen or colour pens if you want to add a splash of colour to your letter and ask children to begin writing. Make it interesting by also creating colourful creative envelopes to put the letter in.