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Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids

When my kids show an interest in something I usually end up going over the top to encourage them, as evidenced by WAY too many dinosaur books, toys and movies sitting a little dusty on my shelves.

I couldnʼt let such an opportunity pass me by when Ava came home bubbling with excitement after a class trip to the post office. With her enthusiasm in mind, I decided that I was going to put together a letter writing kit… I just love this type of crafty/nerdy project!!

I started with a vintage suitcase to house the kit. I happened to have one hanging around but thrift stores are usually a great place to find a whole bunch of suitable cases.

I purchased a pdf from Tiny Bazaar to help create a custom stationary set which includes writing paper, envelopes, stickers and thank you cards. What would a letter writing kit be without a box to hold pens, pencils, glue, stickers and stamps? Nothing I tell you, NOTHING, and this red one fit perfectly! At the last minute I found this great downloadable Address Book from Hotcakes blog which was so easy to print out and assemble.

I organized everything with file folders and dividers and presented it to my little letter writer at Christmas. Initially the gift wasnʼt a huge success (what can compete with a Barbie Jet?), but once the first letter was written and sent it quickly became the go-to project around here.

Since Ava is just learning how to spell she just loves holding me hostage and dictating endless letters to me (I am keeping each and everyone of those adorable drafts). She then takes so much care in re-writing the letters onto her stationary. She makes an envelope, slaps on some stickers, carefully applies the stamp and off to the mailbox we head.

Last night we discussed getting a penpal; the excitement at the dinner table was extreme! Letter writing has become a family activity and we are loving it.

Putting together this kit was SO much fun and well worth the effort. If you are thinking of creating one as a gift or even for yourself, I say, GO FOR IT!

Krista Rao is a stay-at-home-mom of two. When she and the kids aren’t on some sort of craft mission, she’s making children’s items from reclaimed materials. Check out more of Krista’s adventures at Green Thimble.

Photos via Krisa Rao

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