20 Inspiring Letter Writing Centers

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Today we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for setting up an inspiring letter writing center.

If you’re familiar with this blog, you’ll know that I like to move my furniture around. A lot. A few weeks ago I moved our dining table back to the dining room. It’s so very traditional of us! Here’s how the space used to look. And then here’s the dining table (aka work table) in my studio space.

Amazing and Simple Letter Writing Centers for Kids | TinkerLab.com

With the table in it’s new spot, we were ready for a new Creative Table invitation. Considering my three-year old’s growing interest in letter writing, I set up this simple prompt:

Letter Writing Station | A Simple Creative Table Invitation | TinkerLab.com

With the table clear, I placed a long wooden container in the middle of the table. Inside it were a:

  • bucket of colored pencils
  • bucket of crayons
  • our self-stamp address stamper
  • postage stamps
  • address book
  • a selection of envelopes and cards

This reminded me of the self-serve mail center I set up in a drawer for my older daughter a couple years back.

My three-year old got busy right away by pulling out her favorite rainbow colored pencil to work on a card for her grandpa. While we have to work on her pencil grip, she is very confident in holding writing tools in this way. Any tips for correcting this? Her preschool teacher recommends a triangle-shaped pencil grip.

Letter Writing Station | A Simple Creative Table Invitation | TinkerLab.com

We stuck with this for about thirty minutes and then we were on to the next project.

Letter Writing Station | A Simple Creative Table Invitation | TinkerLab.com

Tips for setting up a letter writing center

  • Clear the table of extra clutter
  • Keep the supplies simple
  • Print or write out address labels for pre-writers
  • Make it fun by adding some stickers or playful stamps

19 More Letter Writing Centers

You can’t go wrong with any of these 11 Inspiring Writing Centers from Playful Learning.

If you like to make your own books, check out Homemade Books: An Invitation to Write from Creative with Kids.

And the Handmade Books Center from Soule Mama will give you even more ideas.

How to Create a Writing Station for Children from My Little Bookcase shows some amazing before and after photos.

Make Writing Irresistible from Nurture Store gives us some good tips on how to make writing fun.

The Family Mailbox from Let’s Lasso the Moon is a great way to build a new family tradition around writing.

This Christmas Writing Station from Teach Preschool is so thoughtful, and not just for Christmas. One of my favorites.

The Recycled Materials Writing Station from Growing Book by Book is one that will save your pocket book.

Inspired by Playful Learning, this gorgeous Letter Writing Station from Sew Liberated is beyond inspiring.

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Jody Alexander on TinkerlabToday I’m excited to introduce you to Jody Alexander. Jody is a librarian and bookmaker who teaches bookmaking from Wishi Washi Studio in Santa Cruz, CA, and also teaches classes through the newly-launched Creative Bug. Tinkerlab special: Jody is sharing a code for a Creative Bug discount at the end of this post.

Once you make one of these Bamboo Rubber Band Books, you’ll find tons of creative ways to fill them with your own ideas, use them as sketchbooks, fill them with writing practice, or turn them into gifts.

Welcome, Jody!


Kids love to make books. They really do! I have been making books with kids for about 15 years now. First going into my son’s classrooms and teaching him and his classmates various book structures and then teaching at different art camps.

How to Make a Rubber Band Book

The Bamboo Rubber Band Book is a simple and easy book structure to make with kids.  I have taught this structure to ages 5 years old and up and I can’t tell you how proud they all have been after making a book.  This book can be made with pages and covers that have already been pre-printed or decorated, or with blank pages to draw or write on later.  It is a great little book for drawings and a little story.

Materials Bambook Rubber Band Book

Materials

  • 8 ½ x 11 text weight paper (2-4 pieces – can vary)
  • 8 ½ x 11 cover weight paper (1 piece)
  • rubber band
  • bamboo skewer

Tools

  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • garden hand shears

Step one

Cut text weight paper into quarters – here is how do this without measuring:

  • Fold paper in half the long way
  • Open up

Step 1 Bambook Rubber Band Book

  • Fold paper in half the short way
  • Open up
  • Cut along fold lines

Step 2 Bambook Rubber Band Book

Step two

Cut the cover weight paper in the same way – you will end up with enough cover paper for two books

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Step three

Stack your cut paper sandwiching the text paper in between the two cover pieces

Step Three Bamboo Rubber Band Book copy

Steps four & five

Punch two holes along the spine of the book – approximately 1/2 inch from the spine edge and 1 inch from the top and bottom (this can vary but making the holes too close to the edges puts them at risk to rip out)

Cut the bamboo skewer to 5 inches in length with garden hand shears.

 Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Step six

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Thread the rubber band through the holes and capture the bamboo skewer – this will hold the cover and pages together.

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

You made a book! 

  • Put as many or as few pages in the book that fits your project.
  • Make a book out of pre-printed pages
  • Make a book out of blank pages and write or draw in it.
  • Enjoy your book!

Want to make more books? Or make this one fancier?

Orizomega and Japanese Side Sewn Binding Bambook Rubber Band Book copy

Learn how to make Orizomegami with me on Creativebug. Orizomegami is a traditional Japanese paper dying technique that is a fun and easy kid-friendly project that is perfect for book covers.

Creative Bug Bamboo Rubber Band BookAnd, if you are ready for a slightly more challenging binding – but still quite accessible to children – try my Japanese Side Sewn Binding for Kids class on Creativebug.


Thanks for introducing us to this book-making technique today, Jody! I’m so glad that we met and look forward to learning more from you through Creative Bug.