You don't have to be an English major to write successful letters to your pals. All you have to do is write from your heart and use your creativity. Here are a few suggestions for writing snail mail...
I am going to share my years of pen pal experience with you and tell you how I add flare to all my snail mail letters. You don't need to send all of these at once. Purchase a small package or medium sized envelope and choose one or two of the following to include with your letter. These are all relatively inexpensive to make and send through the mail.
What To Send In A Small Package
Choose a postcard that reflects a major attraction in your city. If you don't have a major attraction, choose a postcard that reflects the beauty of your city.
Did something unique happen in your home town? Are you featured in your school newsletter or local newspaper? Send your pen pal the clipping.
If your home town has a unique history, share it with your pal. Send them a local ghost story, tale or tidbit of real history. Write down all the local slang phrases with their meanings.
This was always a big deal with my pen pals. They loved it. Your pal will not be able to have access to this kind of entertainment unless your local talents become famous.
Purchase a 60 minute tape and record your letter. Have your family say, "Hi" to your pal. Even have your pet vocalize on the tape. Why not tape a minute or two of your favourite TV program or music tape.
Only with your parents permission, send your pen pal a picture of you and your family. How about sending a picture of your beloved pet? Vacation pictures are always fun too. You can even doodle on your picture and make it funny.
How about sending your pal a locket of your hair. If you died your hair, send them a locket of before and after the dye. Or, send them a sample of the perfume you wear.
Confetti is always fun to add in your envelopes. When your pen pal opens their letter, the confetti usually falls all over the place. It's fun. There are hundred's of different types of confetti.
Send your pal stickers that reflect your city, interests or hobbies. International pals love to receive stickers that have your countries flags or symbols on them. Same goes for patches they can sew on clothing or bags.
Something made just for them. Find out what their interests are and then sketch a picture or cartoon for you pal. Print out and color a picture. How about sending your pal some coloring pages to pass their spare time away.
Write a poem about your pal and type it on pretty paper. Make sure you sign it with a pen. Your pal can frame it and put it up in their room. How about sending them a passage from your favourite book or a copy of a friendship poem.
Why not make a small craft and send it to your pal. There are a lot of little things you can make and send out. Friendship bracelets, bookmarks, paper dolls, etc.
Create an unique greeting card to send your pal. This takes care of all the hassle of finding, "just the right card". You can even send them blank cards to fill in themselves and send to their friends.
Print out a coupon and send it to your pal. Tell them they can redeem it whenever they want or give them a time limit.
One of the best things we traded as kids was recipes. My pals had the best snack recipes for summer. Print out a recipe card and write in your favourite treat, snack, drink or meal.
Print out some gift tags for holidays and special occasions. Send the tags to your pal so they can use them during the holidays.
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