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2013-06-24 by Melissa & Doug
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Are your kids going away to a summer camp? Are you taking a family road trip? Do your kids miss their school friends ALREADY?

Here’s a “bushel and a peck” of ideas to keep everyone feeling connected & cared about this summer — all while practicing writing, spelling, & storytelling skills! We hope you enjoy these 5 fabulous writing ideas for little travelers…

 

1. Sneaky Surprise Notes

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While traveling, your kids might get a bit anxious and unsettled staying in unfamiliar surroundings. Make a point to become Travel Pen Pals. You can leave hidden pictures, love notes, and letters for each other to find under a pillow at night or under a breakfast dish in the morning. It’s a great way to share feelings — or just spread a little love. You can create your own letter-writing kit before you leave home, to be sure you’ll have everything you need. (Read how one dad even used this note approach throughout the year to connect with his son during a busy time at work.)

 

2. Stamp a Message

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Choose a special person whom your child misses while “on the road,” and talk about what the child would like to write about in a special letter. Then have your child stamp the message – letter by letter – in all sorts of fun colors and mail it.

 

3. Pretend Mailbox Fun

Family Vacation Pen Pal Projects for Kids Blog Roundup *Fun ways for kids to stay connected and save special memories during vacation, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

If your summer trips have you visiting relatives you don’t often get to see, you can have your child play “Mail Carrier” and slide notes and pictures under their doors. The recipients can choose a family member, add their own message on the back side, and leave it in a designated place for your child to collect and re-distribute.

Read the full post here to get the scoop on all three of these Writing Ideas for Little Travelers.

 

4. Make Special Memories Last All Year!

Family Vacation Pen Pal Projects for Kids Blog Roundup *Fun ways for kids to stay connected and save special memories during vacation, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Whether you’re traveling to someplace “famous”, going to a family reunion, or simply getting together with nearby friends during your hometown “staycation”, kids can join in on the writing fun! These adorable DIY autograph book keepsakes are simple for kids to make, and bring back lots of memories – long after your family vacation is done.

5. Pick Out a Postcard!

Or print copies of our ready-made “Greetings from…” and “Camp Fun” postcards, for children to decorate, write out, and mail while away from home this summer. CLICK HERE or on the pictures below for your FREE printable postcards!

Family Vacation Pen Pal Projects for Kids Blog Roundup *Fun ways for kids to stay connected and save special memories during vacation, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.Family Vacation Pen Pal Projects for Kids Blog Roundup *Fun ways for kids to stay connected and save special memories during vacation, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

 

Encourage your children USE THEIR IMAGINATION to design and write out their very own customized postcards using cardstock, scissors, markers, and stickers. Get creative! CLICK HERE for tips on making your postcards ready to send out in the US Mail!

Children can:

  • Create their own pretend-play adventure, complete with a picture and story of a real place they’ve visited in the past or would like to visit one day
  • Pretend to be a favorite character from a book, a movie, or an imaginary world
  • Draw a scene from your house and tell a story of what he or she has done so far this summer

After spending some creative playtime designing and writing a story on the postcard, let your child put a stamp on, address the card, and put it in a mailbox to send off to a relative or a school friend. Get all the details for this Postcard Art Project here.

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And if you’re on a STAYCATION, be sure to check out our Summer Sparks Pinterest board — full of creative activities, crafts, games and more — to help spark imagination in your children all summer long.

Be sure to share your summer fun photos and family vacation tips with us on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!

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