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A Lesson in Letter Writing (and FREE STUFF!)

This is my son at America's first post office in Philadelphia, this past weekend.
Maybe it is just because I have a love for reading and writing, but I refuse to accept that letter writing is a "lost art."  Sure, we have technology that allows us to send text messages and emails where we can use abbreviations and symbols but this should not mean that we stop writing real letters.  There are times that life will call for letters such as having to write to government officials, contacting schools, and for business.  There are many more instances where writing a letter will be necessary and where your ability to write the letter well may be extremely important.

Certainly, we send more of our messages electronically, but I still want my kids to know how to write a letter and how to send it the old fashioned way.  You never know when they may need to do this.

So, I taught my daughter to write a business letter.  We went over how to address the envelope, where the stamp goes, how the letter itself is to be setup, and how to properly word it.

A found this extremely boring and tedious until I told her we'd be writing to receive FREE STUFF in the mail!  Then I had to stop her from writing these letters so we could move on to the next task!

The first batch of letters we sent out were from a website that we were given along with our letter writing lesson on Time for Learning.  However, all of those letters came back to us "return to sender" because the lists were outdated.  We had to get creative.  We found companies that the kids like and we used their "Contact Us" link to get their physical address and send them a letter.  Since we were not writing specifically to get a product they were offering, A had to send a genuine letter expressing how she felt about their specific products or brand.  Almost all of the companies sent something back: coupons, magnets, stationary, all sorts of little goodies.

We also wrote to Disney characters and received autographed pictures (postcards) in the mail.  A thought she was too old for this so I had her do it on her brother's behalf (although the Cinderella picture is in her room).  Then, I realized she could write to her favorite celebrities like the pop stars and the Nickelodeon/ Disney actors she likes so much.  All we had to do was look up the celebrity on Google along with "mailing address" to find out where to send the correspondence.  We made sure to send a self addressed stamped envelope and she has received a lot of replies. This was very exciting to a ten year old girl!  (Hint: Send a BIG envelope.)

Sure, you can connect with celebrities and brands on Twitter and Facebook but there is still nothing like the excitement of getting something in the physical mail!


Here are some links!

How to Write a Business Letter Worksheet

Create a Letter Writing Kit to Help Kids Connect

How to Address an Envelope


Some Addresses:

Brands

Justice or Brothers Customer Relations
8323 Walton Parkway
New Albany, OH 43054

Hasbro, Inc. (My Little Pony,Transformers, Basically anything on The HUB)
Consumer Affairs
 P.O. Box 200
Dept. C-847
Pawtucket, RI, 02862-0200

Kellogg's Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box CAMB
Battle Creek, MI 49016

Mondel─ôz International, Inc. (Nabisco, Teddy Grahams)
Consumer Relations
100 Deforest Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936

Turkey Hill
2601 River Road
Conestoga, PA 17516

Mott's LLP
Attn: Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 869077
Plano, TX 75086-9077

Celebs

You can write to Disney Channel Stars by putting their name and then:
c/o Disney Channel
3800 West Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

Most Nickelodeon Stars can be written to at:
c/o Nickelodeon
2600 Colorado Ave
2nd floor
Santa Monica Ca, 90404

Cody Simpson
PO Box 1766
Studio City, LA 91614


Ariana Grande
265 S. Federal Hwy Suite 331
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 USA

Taylor Swift
c/o Taylor Swift
242 West Main Street
PMB 412
Hendersonville, TN

Katy Perry
947 N La Cienaga Blvd
Suite G
Los Angeles Ca 90069

Disney Characters

Disney World:
Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

Disneyland:
Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Pen Pals

Something we have not done yet but may try next year is hooking up with a pen pal!  I hesitated to do that this past year because I felt like having a pen pal was a commitment and we were so busy that I did not want her to possibly not meet her obligation and disappoint someone.

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