2 years old

Letter Writing Basket

08:30

Ethan has been really into drawing lately, he's drawing us new pictures every day and it's fantastic!  I wanted to extend this love to include a bit of writing, so I made a little invitation to play for him and Ivy with a very simple letter writing basket, inspired by both of their loves of envelopes!  (What kid doesn't love envelopes?)


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This is so simple to set up, but I can't even begin to tell you how much of a success it has been in our house.  It is now permanently on the kids table for them to go and play with whenever they like (and that's at least a few times a day!)  I put everything in the basket and before I could even get it set up they were both right in there ready to start.



I have already seen a different in Ethan's writing because of it, and I have now put up a letter chart above the table for him to refer to.  His is writing more confidently and more consistently writing in a line and fitting his letters on a page.  He is asking to write a larger variety of words and interested in learning how to write addresses as well.


The envelopes and postcards are the most popular items with Ethan, he loves that these are things that people really use to send post, and after writing me a letter he insists on going outside and posting it through the letterbox.  Even Ivy gets in on the fun mark making on sheets of paper and stuffing them into envelopes, then covering the envelope in stickers and stamps.
This letter writing basket has been a real saviour in our house, it keeps the kids busy and exploring independently and it's even encouraged them to write more letters.  Thank you letters and birthday cards will be much easier to make the next time around!

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13 comments

  1. This is a brilliant idea! James is going into reception class in September so this would probably be a great help to him

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  2. Aww such a cute idea. And I love anything that encourages more hand written letters - such a novelty these days! My stationary is in such a mess at the moment, it needs a good clearing out and organising x

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  3. What a sweet idea, my boy isn't quite old enough for this but i'm sure once he gets more sophisticated with a pencil this will be a great idea :)

    Cydney x

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    1. Ivy's only two and she loved having a good scribble all over the envelopes too!

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  4. Brilliant and easy activity that I never thought of. Thank you x

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    1. Thanks, it's so simple but the kids really love it!

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  5. What a wonderful idea, I love things that get kids interested in reading and writing xx

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    1. Me too, anything to make it more fun and interesting :)

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  6. This is such a brilliant but simple idea. Little Miss H will be three next month and she loves scribbling on everything, trying to draw letters and write her name. It is very cute. I think that she would absolutely adore this activity. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I am going to pin this to save it for future. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    1. Thanks Lucy, it's so cute to see little people using proper postcards and envelopes :)

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  7. This is so lovely. I really want Lamb to get into writing and try to encourage him as much as possible x

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