by Bethany Johnsen
As a child, I found few things more exciting than sending and receiving letters in the mail. For many digital natives, corresponding through the Postal Service may seem nearly as unfamiliar as the owl-delivered letters of Harry Potter’s world, but having pen pals can still be a fun way for gifted children to maintain their writing skills and exercise their creativity throughout the summer. The opportunities for artistic expression extend beyond fancy stationery or good penmanship, as these illustrated envelopes to the U.K. publisher Klaus Flugge demonstrate.
If your child has no grandparents, cousins, or friends from other states to write to, consider finding him or her an international pen pal through the Amazing Kids! or Students of the World pen pal programs. And kids who love reading are sure to get a thrill out of the The Rumpus’ Letters for Kids, a service that mails children two letters per month written by middle-grade and young adult authors.