Handwriting Cards as a child

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A few months ago my mom asked my kids to start hand writing her letters. They have been good at face timing, writing texts and drawing pictures, but they didn’t write letters. The first time we tried, my kids both had no idea what Grandma was even asking for. What’s writing a letter? They both literally wrote a single letter on a piece of paper thinking that’s what she wanted. I had to explain to them how people used to write letters to one another and send them in the mail instead of sending a text to one another. 

At first they couldn’t believe me when I told them I grew up without texting. My 5 year old literally told me “You’re older than the world Mom”!

As soon as I told the kids that they could send the letters in the mail to Grandma, and she would send one back they were 100% on board. Wanna make a 3 and 5 year old happy…send them a letter in the mail. When my mom told them she had sent them a letter back they checked the mail every single day waiting to get it. 

It made me realize that you don’t have to be 3 and 5 to want a letter in the mail. I miss the days of getting notes, letters, and cards in the mail. It’s fun to read but also to see the person’s handwriting. So we have started sending little notes to people, letters to family members, and birthday cards to even the people who live right down the street!

Hallmark Kids Cards at Walmart

Last week was Sean’s birthday, and the kids had a blast going to Walmart and picking out his birthday cards. Because although he was turning 31, the kids spoke to his “young at heart” side and picked their favorite ©2015 MARVEL cards. They both love their Avengers superheros.

It was so fun to watch Gracie writing the card for her dad. I would tell her the letters to write and she wrote them down…but all over the page. 

Writing a birthday card
Will wrote his great, but ran out of room! I love that he hasn’t thought of moving to the line below yet. He figured he would just stop and tell his Dad instead. He picked this fun card that had a pin on it. Sean’s birthday was on a baseball night for Will, so he was sweet enough to wear the pin the whole time!!

Dad's Birthday Card
hese cards are perfect for kids of all ages. The kids also bought some fun ones for their Grandpa’s birthday, and have stocked up on a few for their friends birthdays that aren’t for a few months, but they were too excited to wait to get them!!

Do you let your kids hand write letters and cards for friends/family? What incentives and ideas do you have to keep the handwriting craft alive?


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  1. I love how fun and timely these cards are! What a great way to not only practice handwriting but also learn the importance of card giving! #client

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