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.

Capture Fall Memories with Kids

Capture Fall Memories with Kids

Capture Fall Memories with Kids

Last year, my 3-year old fell in love with the Fall season. We visited the pumpkin patch (multiple times), planned and re-planned Halloween costumes, collected leaves, made leaf art, visited an apple farm, and the list goes on!

After Halloween I purchased an old typewriter and N dictated a Fall-inspired poem that beautifully captures her age and the spirit of the season. She was getting ready (in her mind) for Christmas, and titled it “Christmas and Fall,” but it ended up being all about the autumn season.

I know that Fall is a few weeks away, but I share it now since it’s a good time to start building memories as we move from one season to the next.

To make your own poem, ask your child to think about the season — this might be a great time to make a Summer Poem! — and then type or hand-write the words verbatim. I happened to use an old typewriter, but a computer or sheet of paper would work equally well. I asked N what she loved about the Fall and she started with “Candles.”

And then the rest goes like this…

 

Christmas & Fall

Candles

I love to eat cranberry pie.

I collect leaves that are very, very pretty.

I love to wear rain jackets because sometimes it rains in the Fall and Halloween.

I love jack-o-lanterns when they’re glowing.

I love to spray leaves with paint.

I love to eat pumpkin seeds when my mom makes them.

(This poem was originally inspired by the List Poems on Let’s Explore.)

Tinkering on the Typewriter

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I’ve been thinking about getting an old typewriter for a long while (this post from The Artful Parent struck a chord, and I love how Jean set up a writing area around her typewriter), but since I’ve been on a purging streak since the first of the year it was hard to justify the purchase, and find a good spot for it.

By the way, if you’re interested in organizing your life and home from the inside out, I found this book enormously helpful. Okay, so fast forward many months…closets are mostly cleaned out, the garage is full enough to host 3 garage sales, and I’m flipping through a copy of Cottages and Bungalows magazine when I come across this bit of inspiration…

I immediately got on craigslist and within minutes, I found a cool 1970′s Galaxie Deluxe for $20! After recently spotting another machine in our thrift store for $100, I knew this was a deal. Score! My 3-year old was so excited about it, and we made a big adventure out of going to pick it up, cleaning it when we got home, and just playing with it for a solid hour that morning. Typing, spelling, checking out the inner workings of the machine, asking questions about how it works, scrolling, pounding…

Amy at Let’s Explore has been making these wonderful List Poems about Fall with her daughters that are wonderful keepsakes of a fleeting moment in time. I’ve wanted to try this with N, to capture her thoughts of the Fall, and she was game! Here’s what she dictated to me…

Don’t you just love the variety and hand-made quality of the type? So much character!! I think this wil be a fun addition to our Thanksgiving…thinking about asking each of our guests to share a message of thanks that we’ll add to a memory book.

If you’ve been playing with typewriters, or have a thought about picking one up, what would YOU do with a typewriter?

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