If you want to foster a long distance relationship with your grandchildren or grandparents, consider a letter writing contest! Hard copy or email, you will get the same impact. And be sure to keep the letters for your yearly craft photobook!
Step 1. Parents or grandparents should send out a letter announcing the contest and the categories for prizes, including the most letters, the funniest letter, the most original letter, and the most creative letter .
Step 2. Start writing letters. Recommend a monthly, quarterly and yearly prize to keep up interests. And keep in mind skill levels. Try to reinforce what is being taught in school to keep it age appropriate. For example, in JK, consider using the sight words or letter of the week.
Step 3. Parents would make an ideal judging panel. For every child, there should be a prize. And celebrate! Use family day, birthdays, etc to make the celebration real.
Step 4. Set aside your favorites electronically on a monthly basis.
Step 5. Incorporate your letters into the yearly craft photobook. Share the photobook at Christmas time or print extra copies for the grandparents as a unique and touching gift.