It seems to me like all we ever get in the mail are bills, magazines, political propaganda (which I think is over now, thank goodness), and an occasional party invite.
In my sometimes old fashioned nostalgia I encourage our kids to send letters to friends or family. Santanna is especially fond of making letters and pictures for her little friends. Who does not like to receive a fun piece of mail personally addressed to them in ink??
Our friends daughter, who I wrote about previously who is battling brain cancer, is getting an overwhelming amount of mail, letters and packages, guess who feels a little left out/angry about not getting any mail? Little sister Elsa. So, her mom grudgingly asked if we could help a girl out and send some snail mail Elsa’s way. I think we all know how hard it can be to actually ask for help when you need it right?!
This got me thinking, we needed to blow up this girls snail mail box, how many pictures was Tanna willing to color?
Then it came to me, a puzzle letter:
Here is what we did:
- Went to savers (you might have one of these not being used at home as well, we recycled this one, you might be able to repurpose your own), bought this puzzle.
2. We put the puzzle together upside down. This is harder then you think wihtout picture clues.
3. I helped Santanna write a letter and she drew whatever and decotared whatever she wanted in Sharpie and Crayola markers.
4. I included instructions with the first envelope.
5. Then we took the puzzle about, mixed it all up and I got out my postal scale for mailing packages and we weighed each one equal to/less than an ounce. For this puzzle it was about 5 pieces per envelope.
I am so excited for her friend to get this, she is going to be thrilled, plus it gives her something to look forward too.
I think I am also going to do this when the big kids are at camp for the summer.
I LOVE this Sarah!! It is so great that you’re teaching your kiddos to have compassion for others (and in unique and creative ways:)
Thanks Lindsey!! I am still waiting to hear if she got al her pieces…and if she put it together;)