Suggested Family Activity • Postcard Week

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Suggested Family Activity • Postcard Week

The first week of May is Postcard Week so send a postcard that is pretty, funny or filled with beautiful scenery to someone you have not seen in a while.  Children love sending and receiving mail so let yours send one to a distant grandparent, cousin or friend.  They can even make their own postcards with their artwork and drawings.  All you need is cardstock weight paper and some markers or crayons.  Cut the paper (poster board works well too) into rectangles measuring anywhere from 3.5 inches x 5 inches and 4.25 inches x 6 inches if you will be mailing them through the U.S. postal system.  If you decide to hand deliver your postcards, you can make them bigger to fit in more space for decorating and writing.  This is especially helpful for little ones, who tend to write BIG!  On one side of your postcard, draw a line down the middle to section off a space to write in the address to whom it is going and to put the stamp.  On the same side of the paper but on the other side of the line you have drawn down the middle is the space to write the message.  To decorate their postcard, children (and adults) can use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to draw their own artwork.  They can even use stickers to dress up their designs.

Once they get started making postcards, your family may end up making a lot of them!  If so, they can give them out by hand to family members, teachers, and other friends as a surprise and unexpected treat.  You could also leave them stuck in the door for people to find when they get home for the day.  Or surprise your neighbors by leaving a postcard on their door just to say “Hi!”.