August 23, 2017

Eight Ways Snail Mail Encourages Reading Skills in Young Children

Today, most children’s idea of getting mail corresponds with the ‘You’ve got mail’ icon on their computer and not necessary with what’s inside that metal box located on the curb in front of their house.

But even so, children still like to get the mail and ask, ‘Is there anything for me?’ Except for the occasional birthday card or package from eBay or Netflicks, the answer is usually ‘Not today.’ But on those occasions when they do get mail they are pretty much thrilled to the bone.

That feeling is hard to forget and I don’t know about you, but I still can remember that feeling of excitement and surprise when I received my Highlights Magazine or something I ordered from the back of the cereal box. So I totally understand how they feel. It’s a little magical.

Sending and receiving mail is a great way to encourage your children to read and write in a fun and enjoyable way.

Here are EIGHT ways to help encourage good reading habits in your children:

  1. Write or order a letter from Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.
  2. Write or buy a special certificate to celebrate your child’s latest milestone or achievement, e.g. preschool graduation, first dentist visit, learning how to swim, keeping their room clean. I’m sure you can come up with a gazillion ideas of your own.
  3. Write a hand-written letter that discusses your child’s special interests. Make it something that they find interesting, like what did they think about the new episode of Thomas the Train or Phineas and Ferb. Talk their language, not yours!
  4. Put a note in the mailbox giving clues where you hid a present. If they aren’t reading yet, make a cryptic note by substituting pictures for words. Not an artist? Try cutting pictures from a magazine instead.
  5. Does your child have a hard time talking about feelings? Write them a note asking them how they felt about something and ask them to write down the answer.
  6. Give them a subscription to a children’s magazine like, Babybug, Sesame Street Magazine, Ranger Rick, or Highlights.
  7. Plan a fun surprise and send an announcement in the mail. ‘Pack your bathing suits and put on sunscreen. Meet at the breakfast table at 9:00 on Saturday for your surprise trip’ ought to get them pretty excited.
  8. Join a kid’s craft of the month club and have fun craft kits delivered right to your mailbox for your child. Make sure you find one that is age appropriate for your child and includes instructions that are easy to understand.

Besides the fun factor involved in getting mail delivered, children will also receive educational benefits as well. Receiving mail on a regular basis will help children get excited about reading and that’s what it’s all about.

Written by Pam Laughlin, owner of offers craft of the month clubs for kids (ages 3-6) and (ages 7 – 10.) Each craft kit is designed to be fun and educational and comes with easy to understand instructions and fun fact sheets.

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