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Let's send texting and e-mailing on a little vacation, shall we? And bring back the old-school art of letter writing!

It's a great way to get your kids thinking for themselves. And there's something about putting an actual pen to paper that makes a note more thoughtful and even more full of thought.

Let's start with the stationery as this is a cool project in and of itself. Kids can create their own logo or family crest and design a fab-o border with envelopes to match. Or they can even make envelopes out of printed paper like magazine pages, gift wrap or even from one of their own drawings.

Next, introduce your kids to the structure of a letter beginning with a proper greeting like "Dear Sara," followed by an opening question, "How are you?" Next comes the body of the letter. Here's the opportunity to share a funny story or experience and even ask more questions: "Did you know that snakes cannot blink?" Help guide your kids in creating complete sentences and to steer them away from modern abbreviations like LOL, ASAP or TYVM.

Now, who to write to? Certainly anyone would be delighted to receive a handwritten note-- grandparents, camp friends, cross-country cousins. Or maybe there's a relative or family friend living abroad who could be initiated as an official pen pal! It's a lot of fun to receive mail from abroad just think of the cool stamps alone-- could sprout an interest in philately*!

Letter writing is terrific turf to work on self-expression. And someday your child's words could make big changes in the world. After all, anything's possible...in the possibility shop!

Weave paper, ribbon, yarn strips in and out of the slits making at least three woven rows on all sides. As you weave, push the strip down to make room for the next strip above. This will make your basket sturdier.

*Philately: collection and study of postage stamps



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