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Amanda 07-31-2004 10:09 AM

Starting a Postcard Swap For Kids
Hi everyone

There's definitely been some interest in starting a postcard swap for our kids. I would like to hear from members to gauge if this is something that everyone would like to participate in. First of all, this is how I think it should be run, I am open to suggestions as well:

- No children will be allowed to register, posting would be done by the parents that are registered on this message board, this is not negotiable

- there will be a coordinator of this club (two if it gets large enough) that will collect mailing addresses and distribute them to their monthly postcard pal, again through the parents. This person will be the moderator or assistant moderator of this forum.

- depending on the # of children that participate, kids will broken into age groups. (i.e. 5-7, 8-11, 12-15, 16-18)

- if there are enough kids to participate, each child will receive a pen pal that is age appropriate, and if possible, gender appropriate.

- names will change each month, all address and personal information will be coordinated by the moderator of this forum and will be distributed privately through email

I would like recommendations on how often this needs to change and how often the postcards need to sent. For example, do we change the names once per month? If so, are they only required to send one postcard per month? Once per week? e-cards? Letters?

Please give me your input!

Tara_1976 07-31-2004 02:49 PM

Postcard Swap for kids
:cat: hi there i think this is a good idea i have a sevn year old daughter almost eight but has just started wanting to do the pen pal thing so yes please include me on this mailing list please

bsktbug2 07-31-2004 09:15 PM

I think a postcard swap for the kids would be great. I have a 6yr old, and if the name is going to change every month, I think one postcard/month would be a neat way to learn geography, but not really a good way to get to know someone. He does email, but for something like this, I think that although it is organized online, the kids should use good old fashioned snail mail.

Ideally, with switching names every month, I think it'd be neat to do one letter/postcard per week. Does anyone think that would be too much?

Gena 08-01-2004 09:32 AM

Postcard swap for kids
WOW This is an awesome idea....My kids are girl 8 and boy 6, they would absolutely love this , so count us in ! E-cards or emails would be nice too. This is a great teaching/learning tool...picking out and addressing cards , stamps, going to the post office, receiving and reading new cards.

If you decide to do the emails and such, we can each set up our children an acct with our ISP, and parents keep the password so we can open and check for spam, etc...before allowing them to read & answer their emails and cards.

And I think we should consider the childrens likes and dislikes too, as well as age and gender, I'll be glad to help anywhere I can. By the way .... my daughter loves swimming, bikes and Barbie and my son is into Yu Gi OH trading cards, Nintendo Gamecube and computers.

trekmom 08-01-2004 03:01 PM

:) I think this is a great idea!! Can I sign up my granddaughter?? She's 8 and would love to get some snailmail and email also. She doesn't have her own addy but uses her moms email or mine sometimes.
Also, anything I can do to help with this let me know-

janieb 08-01-2004 05:44 PM

I would love to get my 7 year old boy involved with this. He's been asking for a penpal but it's hard to find one. I think that names should be changed every two months and I love the idea of having them exchange e-mails as well as using snail mail! Keep me posted!!

bensmom526 08-03-2004 11:50 AM

i want to join but...
i wanted ben to be a part of it..he loves to get mail...but hes only 3...he can spell his name B-E-N he says when asked... (im a proud mom)

i would be interested to join...
i would of course send the postcards
and give info about the pic and would sign it BEN..but thats if its OK with you guys...

wishing you all the luck in the world...

mom2-4 08-03-2004 02:28 PM

I'm glad you chimed in Bensmom! I was thinking that there is no reason to exclude the littler ones. I know my DD has loved to get mail since she is about 2.

But, she would also be excluded due to age at least for another year.

Maybe we could get the age lowered. :confus:

Nothing, here is set in stone as far as I know.


Amanda 08-04-2004 07:18 AM

FYI, I didn't say there was an age minimum, I just started with 5 because it just seemed the appropriate age to start with. ;-) We can include younger kids too!

mom2-4 08-04-2004 12:13 PM


Originally posted by FamilyCorner
FYI, I didn't say there was an age minimum, I just started with 5 because it just seemed the appropriate age to start with. ;-) We can include younger kids too!
That is what I figured, that is why I said nothing is set in stone with the rules here!

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