Post cards. You’re all familiar with those little rectangles of card with fun pictures on them, usually sent during your travels, or received from friends and family while they’re on vacation. Move over scenic shots and make room for the new kids on the block who are here to get kids writing and friends and family laughing…
Post Pal Club (affiliate links are used in this post) is the cool kid in class; when they asked if we’d like to collaborate with them, how could we say no? My children love to send and receive letters and post cards (we’ve talked about here, here, and here).
A few years back we sent post cards about once a week, until the rising costs got the better of me, but at the same time, the kids are growing and it will mean more to them so it’s time we start again. We can enhance their geographic knowledge as well as add to their post card and stamp collections. And Tristan and Kallista are now old enough to write their own cards. Kallista wrote her first card during our camping trip when she sent one to her stuffed animal.
Now that we’re going to up our game, it’s also time to change things up a little, and we’re doing this by using post cards from Post Pal Club. Post Pal Club makes your child the star of the post card!
Imagine receiving a humorous card from your grandchild/niece/nephew/friend with the child’s face right on it!
Imagine – the fun your child will have writing on such a fun card!
Imagine – the pleasure of receiving such a personalised card!
Imagine – receiving a new set of 4 cards each month, pre-stamped (if you’re in the USA) and ready to write and send. It couldn’t get any easier!
Who will you send these to?
What will be said?
What will be doodled?
If you’re looking for a fun way for your child to learn good penmanship, language arts, and keep a connection between generations across the oceans or across the city, keep yourself stocked up on personal post cards from Post Pal Club with their easy subscription service!
My children received their first set of cards in the post and were so happy with them. They didn’t know they were coming…let alone opening up the clear plastic sleeve, the fanciful envelope, and seeing their little faces embedded on each of the cards! The giggles and laughter were great!
My children, especially my son, love puns (thank goodness, because I tend to use a lot of them), so they really thought the cards were funny.
There was also a bookmark with their face on the front, and space for a book log on the back. This is a great little idea as my children didn’t want to send any of their cards away, but were placated by having a bookmark for themselves.
The envelope itself can also be coloured for some extra fun. My children spent time choosing just the right colour combinations. The finer designs and pipeworks to follow meant there was some great hand-eye coordination. They noted that they it took them a little while to colour because they were trying their best to stay in the lines to do their very best job.
My children set up a little office in the hallway while I had the front room filled with boxes for packing away the Christmas decorations. They each thought about who they would send their first Post Pals Club card to….and they chose their grandparents and auntie in Canada.
They also wrote out a draft of what they wanted to say first, before committing it to the card. Tristan did his on his own and I checked it for grammar. Kallista narrated hers to me and I wrote it down with her help sounding out the words as we went. Then it was time to write the greetings onto the cards. They didn’t want pencil lines on the cards, so their sentences are a little slanted, but that’s okay. It’s life.
I printed the addresses on, and we added the postage on. For domestic destinations this won’t be a problem, but I didn’t have any overseas postage stamps on hand so I used domestic and added to it and it was a tight squeeze – but the reason for this is that on the reverse of the cards is a little picture of a postal worker, featuring the face of your own child, so you certainly don’t want to cover it over with stamps!
I have no doubt at all that my family will break out into big smiles, I know that’s what happened to me…last week Phil asked me if I had a postage stamp. I didn’t ask him what it was for; I just gave him a plain old boring first class stamp and forgot about it.
Then the full moon on Wednesday hit and I was having a bad day right from early on; not necessarily for any particular reason, just the usual homeschooling-work-from-home-never-get-anything-accomplished-stuff. Then the postman arrived with tax statements…and a post card for me…
You guessed it…
A Post Pal Club postcard!
And it brought tears to my eyes. Tristan had chosen to send me – his mother – one of his precious post cards. The front of it read,
I love “beee”ing with you
And his little face is the beekeeper character. On the back he wrote,
Hi, I love you Mom. I hope you will bee better soon! You are the best Mommy in the world!
What a perfect day for this to arrive! I have it sitting beside my bed so I can see it while I work in the evenings, and it’s the first and last thing I see in the day.