Ways to encourage children to write.
I remember finding a book at the library as a child, I think I must have been about 9 or 10 maybe a little older. I can’t remember the exact title of the book but it was something along the lines of “100’s of free stuff for kids”. In this gem of a book it told you of all the places and companies that you could write a letter to and get free stuff sent back to you. I remember getting some stickers and bookmarks back and a few brochures with information to National Parks and zoos. There were so many things you could receive. Some items required you to send a self addressed envelope or even a dollar or two. I believe I even received a Coca Cola yo yo with extra strings through the mail.
I have been researching for this blog, trying to find similar places for your children to write to, to also receive free items. I haven’t as yet been successful with current copies of these books. Unfortunately it appears that now you can simply enter competitions online with a click or two. I get that. It’s quick, simple and efficient for the companies and the consumers to do all this via online forms. Unfortunately it has taken away some of the opportunities for children to practice their letter writing skills.
So I have found some other creative ways for your children to practice their letter writing skills to receive both tangible and non tangible rewards.
Writing to Companies About Their Favourite Products
Firstly, I discovered that many companies will still send some sort of gift out if your child has taken the time to write a handwritten letter. Let’s be honest who wouldn’t give a child some free items for writing a special letter. So here is my idea…what does your child love? What are they interested in? Now think of some companies related to those interests and find their addresses for your children to write to.
For example if your little one loves the outdoors, have them write a few letters to the local outdoors store, or the information center for your local area and see what comes back. They could even write to the editor of their favourite outdoors magazine. One young girl in Australia loved Nintendo so much she wrote to Nintendo telling them what she loved about their products and her favourite games. As a one off they actually sent her a brand new Nintendo DS with a game. Now we can’t all expect that back but your children may be surprised by the response they get.
Writing to Give Rather Than Receive
The following ideas are for your child to receive non tangible gifts and even to be the giver of the gift! Teaching our children to give to others with the sole purpose to bless the recipient is special and valuable to learn. Here are a few places you can write to people that will bless them immensely.
Writing to the defense forces of our country. I am sure most countries have a version of this and you possibly only need to visit their website to find out where to write. In Australia, your can send a postcard to our defense troops, thanking them and encouraging them in all they are doing for our country. No one likes war and none of these men and women want to be away from their families. Receiving letters from members of the community really encourages them in the job they are doing. If you would like to send a postcard or several with your child here is the address:
Messages to the Troops
39 Operational Support Battalion
Randwick Barracks NSW 2031
If you visit the website here you will also find other forms of blessings you can do to help our defense force.
If you contact your local nursing homes and childrens hospitals, I am sure there are ways to write to the older folk or sick children. Every letter, every drawing they receive will bless them so much. Don’t forget to talk with your child about the possibility of not receiving a reply as often they can’t write back but that it is about brightening the recipient’s day that is important.
Writing Fan Mail To Your Favourite Club
And finally, to get them started, why not have them send in some fan mail to us. We love hearing from our club members. If they send us a letter we will reply back with a letter and a special little surprise too!
Send all fan club mail to:
Lettuce Write Fan Club
32 Carmen Court
Oxenford, QLD 4210
Hope I have inspired you and your children in their letter writing!