With so much of our communication being online, via email, text or phone these days children miss out on the fun and excitement of receiving a letter in the mail. We love adding a letter box to a cubby house because it presents an excellent opportunity for not only an enjoyable and special experience for the kids, but it’s so educational as well.
A customer shared with us a great little story about how after their cubby was installed their child told their neighbour about it. After viewing the cubby and noticing the letter box, the elderly neighbour decided to write the little girl a letter and have the girls’ parents “post” it in her cubby house letter box. So began a very special tradition for the little girl and her neighbour. They now write letters to each other regularly and put them in each other’s letter box. It’s a wonderful surprise for them both to receive a hand written letter
Think of all the skills involved in writing and receiving letters for your children. Firstly, reading. This is one of the most important skills for children because not only do they need to learn how to read, but as they progress through school they need to read to learn. Reading is a major part of every subject as you need to comprehend and follow instructions. In everyday life being able to read and understand the language around us is vital. Reading only improves with practice. Making it fun so kids want to do it is a major part of them practicing more often.
Next is the writing. Again kids need so much practice with this. From their fine motor skills of just holding their pencils to them using their imagination and vocabulary to think of what to write and then actually writing the words. It’s all enjoyable practice for them that will improve their skills so much.
For your kids to be able to write letters to you, other family members or important people in your lives is so important in building relationships and having them express themselves.
You can get yourself a real letter box like this cubby….
Or use one of our cubby house letter boxes or make one from supplies around the house. The important thing is to have their own little letter box so they can start receiving and writing letters and start learning and experiencing the simple joy of old fashioned communication.
Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in.We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be,
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