Getting Back to Writing Letters: How to Use Custom Stickers with your Pen Pal

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Writing letters can have many benefits. Putting pen to paper is shown to reduce anxiety, improve mental clarity, and sharpen memory. Anything from daily journal entries, a handwritten thank you note, or a birthday card with a short memory written in the margins can create a moment of mental attention. Why not sharpen this skill with practice by seeking out a pen pal? Dozens of free online services will match you with a pen pal. In addition, custom stickers can enhance your letters in many creative ways.

Envelope seals

Nothing fancies up a letter like custom envelope seals. You can use your last initial in a script font, a custom logo, or even a photo of yourself. Your recipient will love the extra touch of breaking the seal as they open your latest correspondence.

Address labels

If you’re going to be mailing to the same pen pal for an extended time, order custom labels printed with their address. Use a modern decorative font for the name and a clean readable font for the address. Your pen pal will be flattered that you decorated their address and you won’t have to look it up every time you write to them. You can also print custom return address labels that can be used for any letter – not just for your pen pals.

Story starters

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a letter is knowing what to say. Use custom stickers as story starters to get the conversation going. Print little questions on them and use them as a jumpstart. ‘What was the most fun you ever had?’ ‘Where did you meet your first love?’ ‘What was the worst job you ever had?’ ‘Where would you live if you could live anywhere?’

Closing labels

How do you end your pen pal letters? Do you write ‘Sincerely?’ ‘Your friend?’ A common pen pal closing is ‘Write back soon.’ Whatever closing you settle on, you can make it special with a custom sticker and then sign your name underneath. You can send a sheet of stickers to your pen pal in your letter so they can share the same closing in their return letter.

Time markers

How often do you plan to write your pen pal? Once a month? Once a week? Help keep on task with custom stickers that signify that this is your letter for that time period. If you’re writing your January letter, start your letter with a January sticker. It will help keep you from missing your letters and your pen pal will be able to keep them organized easily.

Holiday stickers

Decorate your letters with stickers appropriate for the holidays. If it’s close to Valentine’s Day, some hearts and cupids will warm their holiday spirit. If it’s Fourth of July, fireworks and flags are festive additions. This is especially appreciated if you’re writing to a pen pal from another country who isn’t as familiar with American culture. You can describe how you celebrate the holiday and use stickers to illustrate it.

Teaching Kids About Time Management with Custom Magnets

You nag, you beg, and you plead but you just can’t seem to get your kids to manage their own time effectively. With so many distractions, electronics, and activities it can seem impossible to balance it all. Custom magnets can teach kids how to better manage their time on their own and take the pressure off of you.

Daily Tasks:

What do your kids do when they first get up in the morning? Is it a struggle for them to get out the door for school? Most kids need help remembering their homework projects, gym sneakers, lunch bag, face mask, and other supplies, especially now that school doesn’t look exactly like it did prior to the pandemic.

Custom magnets are a great way to create a checklist of common daily tasks. Permanent tasks like brushing teeth, getting dressed, feeding pets, and cleaning up breakfast can be printed as a list. Tasks that vary can be written in dry erase marker on blank lines beneath it, like bringing a musical instrument for band practice or packing a signed permission slip that don’t happen every day. Only after all the tasks are checked off can kids watch TV or play.

Choreboards:

A great character builder for teaching kids responsibility is giving them chores to do around the house. You’ll get far less resistance if they can manage their own time doing it and set their own expectations. If one child’s job is to clean the bathroom, they may get frustrated trying to do it all in one day. Instead, break each room down into manageable sections that can be tackled each day.

Day one, clean mirror; day two, clean sink; day three, clean toilet; day four, clean bathtub; day five, clean floor; day six, empty garbage, and day seven, everything is done! You can stick the magnet on the medicine cabinet and they can check off as they go.

Breaking Down Projects into Pieces:

Most parents groan when their child gets a project assigned at school, knowing that they will end up doing a big chunk of the work. At the beginning of the project, help them break it down into manageable pieces. Use a project magnet to track the tasks and when each needs to be finished. After a few projects, your child will get better at managing projects on their own.

Managing Activities:

How often are your kids cramming for weekly events the night before? Are they prepared for their tutoring session? Have they practiced for dance lessons? Are they scrambling to find their gear each time? Use magnets for each activity with a daily practice reminder for the week and a list of supplies needed.

Goal Setting:

Helping kids set goals is an important life skill. Sit down with them to talk about things they want to accomplish and when. If they want to save up enough money for a new bike by summer, determine how much they will need to earn in addition to their allowance. Help them plan a lemonade stand or other way of raising the funds in addition to household chores. Having a goal magnet visible on the fridge helps kids keep the target in mind so that they’ll continue to work toward their goal.