Long distance grandparents – another idea


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.

What to do with all those crafts?!?

Once your children enter daycare, preschool or daycare, there is an endless amount of crafts coming home!  And every piece is beautiful.  So how can we archive the works or art without buying a storage room?  Easy!

Step 1. Throughout the year, take digital pictures of all crafts, artwork, etc.

Step 2. Every 3, 6 or 12 months, sit down in front of your computer to select your favorites and place the digital pics in a separate folder.

Step 3.  Pick a family holiday at home to showcase the favourite pics in a sideshow so that everyone can comment.  Be sure to mentally or physically write down the comments for your photobook or scrapbook.

Step 4.  Contact us to help you publish the photobook.  Or make your own scrapbook.

Step 5.  Throw away the originals to make room for next year!