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Friday, August 7, 2015

Pen Pal Kit and Handwriting for Kids

We've been so lucky to see so much family this summer, and the kids have loved seeing so many of their cousins! While we absolutely love living here in the Pacific Northwest, the one sad thing is that our kids can't play with their cousins very often. 

Since I recently signed the #BICFightForYourWrite pledge (and at the same time entered to win $1,200 in prizes from BIC,) I wanted to come up with a fun way to encourage my kids to write more. 

It's a colorful Pen Pal Kit! You can make one yourself in just about 15 minutes.
#BICFightForYourWrite How to encourage kids to write with a pen pal kit
You'll need:
Lined notebook paper
BIC Mechanical Pencils (lots of variety to choose from: Xtra-Strong, Xtra-Sparkle, Xtra-Comfort, Xtra-life, and more)
Washi tape
Paper cutter

Start by cutting the margins off of a few sheets of notebook paper. You want the final width to be just narrower than your envelopes (so they can fold up nicely, about 5.5 inches.)

Add a strip of washi tape down one side of each paper, folding the ends over to the back. Then add a piece to each envelope as well.

Now my kids can keep in touch with cousins and practice their handwriting at the same time. I'm thinking we should make some more of these kits to send to our cousins so they can write too! Sure, there's email, but don't we all love getting real mail?

With handwriting not really being taught in school anymore, opportunities to practice are mostly at home. 

Check out the following 6 benefits, all results of practicing handwriting.
  • Improves cognitive development
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Betters school performance
  • Helps reading skills
  • Sparks creativity
  • Sharpens critical thinking skills
All perfect for back to school, right? And if that weren't enough, BIC is celebrating 30 years of helping kids reach their potential. On these upcoming dates, the BIC Pen Pals Facebook Page is running the Mechanical Pencil 30th Birthday Sweepstakes. August 16, August 28, September 10 (no purchase necessary, US only, 18+)  

I hope I've inspired you to find a way to help your kids write more. Maybe it's with a Pen Pal kit like this, or by writing notes to each other, keeping a journal, or even writing stories. We can help them all fight for their write!

Do your kids have current Pen Pals, or did you? What do think some of the benefits are of writing?

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  1. Both my kids are grown now, but my girls would write letters to two kids we supported from another country. Writing is a very important skill that every kid must learn. Love the pen pal kit!!

  2. adorable! I was just thinking I wanted to get my kids pen pals!