At the Art Table: Painting Postcards
When we moved away from Baraboo, WI it was the first time that our children were really aware of a move. Even though it was technically their third move, this was the first they could talk about and ask questions. It is also the first time that they miss people. They ask about their beloved music teacher and their favorite librarian. They miss their friends and their grandparents. While it is important for us to work on building new relationships and finding new favorites, I also think it is important to help our twins maintain connections with their favorite people and places. We are working on different ways to do this. Skype will definitely be involved. We also have been sending mail. A lot of mail.
Draw a thick line down the middle of one side of several cards. This side will later be used for the message and address.
Arrange postcards and drawing materials on your art space. We use baskets to make materials accessible, attractive, and organized. This also helps clean up to go more quickly.
Encourage your child to color a picture for someone. Grandpa? Friend? I find that a variety of materials helps to make these pictures more diverse and detailed.
When they are done, ask them if they would like to write a message or tell you about their drawing. If you are responding to mail you have received, have this on hand and help your child respond to the questions in their letter. This is teaching them about the way mail and letters work.
Right now, we also work on writing their name on the bottom. Overtime, as their ability to write develops, I envision them slowly taking over the message writing as well.
When you are done, have your child help put on the stamps and then, if possible, mail them with you. We used to live within walking distance of a mailbox. We could trot down there and put our letter in just a brief window of time. Now we put them in the mailbox and our twins take turns raising the flag. Regardless, they are getting the idea that the mail carrier picks up their letter and delivers one to us.
Cardstock or Blank Postcards
Drawing Materials (Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils)
I knew a toddler who had a skype breakfast date with grandma every morning. How have you helped maintain connections with family and friends far away?
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