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Pen Pals

Help the kids in your life correspond with other kids in distant places by introducing them to the pen-pal connection. Assemble the materials listed below to get them started on designing their own stationery.

Time frame: One to two hours

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Pen-pal list
  • Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Textured scissors
  • Fine-tipped markers
  • Stickers
  • Stamps (You might want to choose a theme for the stamps you buy, such as animals, nature, holidays, landscapes, geometric designs, and so on.)
  • Stamp pads
  • Glitter pens
  • Storage box
  • Homemade bow
  1. Check your school system or a local library for a possible list of pen pals. Be sure to put your own name on the recipient's pen-pal list.

  2. Assemble the supplies listed and place them in a plastic storage box. Wrap the box with a homemade bow.

  3. Spend some time designing stationery and envelopes with the recipient, and get this new pen pal started on writing to people on the list.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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