Every summer we try and do writing projects. And I know that it is not always easy to get them in. We struggle a lot with ideas of what we will do.
And last summer I thought it would be super hard since we drove across most of the United States. How was I going to get my girls to do writing when we would be traveling and my normal ways of doing it would not work.
Then it came to me we could send postcards to our friends.
I started out with how I was going to make this work without my girls knowing that I wanted them to practice their writing and spelling.
In the past, the biggest complaint with the postcards was writing the address. I would hear complaint after complaint about it.
I thought about it and decided I would write the addresses. And to make it easy. We put them on address labels so we just had to peel and stick them on the cards.
I wrote out several for each person they wanted to write. You can see how many labels are on one sheet.
I had each of my girls pick out 3 or 4 friends they wanted to write postcards to. We got the address for me to write and we were all set.
Now what we did is on our trip we stopped about every 3 or 4 hours to see something. Every stop we got postcards for their friends.
What I loved about the postcards and writing about our trip was that they had to use new words and spell them out. It was a great way for them to do writing without feeling like it was writing.
We put the address labels on each of the cards before they started writing. That way they knew the area they had to write in.
My older two wrote 4 or 5 sentences on the postcards and my youngest work 2 or 3. It all depended on what they wanted to say.
They each could decide what they wanted to write to each friend. My youngest wrote the same to all her friends. And my older two wrote a based on who they were sending the cards to.
Don’t forget to add in fun color pens to make it fun!
The fun part about this is that kids can send postcards to anyone! This summer we are staying home but we are sending postcards to the grandparents. Each of them is taking a turn on who they write their cards to.
You can pick up cards at the zoo, museums, national parks, state parks and places where you might travel.
Check out these other writing activities:
- Comparing Ocean Animals with a Venn Diagram
- Zoom Along with Transportation Themed Writing Paper
- Blank Writing Pages
Be sure to check out all the Summer & Camping printables and activites on 3 Dinosaurs.
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com