Kids love getting mail. Any kind of mail. They love opening letters with pretty pictures in them and, at least for a while, none of it is junk. But when they receive something addressed to them personally, their eyes light up. What could it be? Who is it from? Open it!
There is something about the anticipation of opening an envelope addressed to you by hand that cannot be ignored, even as an adult. We have so many other communication options these days—online, phone, email, text—but if you want to make a big impression on the kids in your life, try sending something in the mail. It’s a great way to say “Hi” when you live far away, but can be even more of a treat when you live just across town.
It is especially fun to receive mail when kids are just learning to read (remember to print, so they can read it!) As they get older, being able to read your handwriting makes them feel more grown up. If you are lucky, you will get a handwritten note back from them.
One of our staff members has a sister who creates custom note cards personalized with photos of her kids making silly faces. She uses these to send notes to everyone in her life, whether kids or adults. Who doesn’t smile at a silly face?