Each week I send a letter to TX to keep in "physical contact" with the grandkids who live over 1,000 miles away. FaceTime and Skype are great, but a physical letter still is met with much anticipation. Since the little ones know a letter comes each week, they really do connect with the grandparents who live so far away
. I try to make the correspondence into various games and activities that are simple and don't usually require the parent's assistance. It takes a bit of ingenuity to come up with things that fit into a regular sized envelope, are fun and don't require a lot of work on my part or on the part of the kiddos. Sending the little ones their names as bubble letters was a big hit. It didn't matter that the younger ones only scribbled on their name cards-and that the baby tried to eat hers-the idea was that each child received a written gift in the mail from many miles away--and it was something they could decorate. I drew a few items around each name--things that are of interest to that particular kiddo. Of course, instead of drawings, it would be fun to add stickers to the envelope to aid in personalizing. Either way, this was a big hit and something I'll use again in a slightly different form.
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