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