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When I was a child I was brought up to believe a well written thank you note was good manners. I have to say the joy of the present fest that came from my birthday being just before Christmas was tempered somewhat by the "writing thank you" ritual, especially as the slightest spelling mistake meant starting all over again. Still, it did teach me to be polite, and make me grateful for the invention of tippex in later years, yet had I had a set like this I think I would have found writing those letters much more fun.
"Little Letters" is a book and notelet set from Klutz. If you haven't come across them before, Klutz are an American company and they make craft sets for children in kit form containing all you need to do the activities suggested. Chicken Socks is the series aimed at younger children.
I purchased this set unseen from Amazon for £5.49 as we have had Klutz sets before and also my eldest has just become interested in trying to write. When it came I was surprised by how much was included. There is a notelet set in a pocket in the front which contains a large variety of envelopes, stickers and little foldable-into-an-envelope letters for sending notes to friends. They are all beautifully line drawn and my daughter was itching to get writing on them straight away.
There were postcards and cards as well as letters included and some pretend stamp stickers inside the book itself with "air mail" and "first class" stickers to add to the writing letter experience. It is made clear that they are not real stamps. There are more writing opportunities within the book from notelets to making a "mailing tube" and a door knob mailbox. There are also simple instructions on how to write a note and address an envelope, the whole thing being illustrated with photos of children doing the activities. There are two pages of stickers and everything is printed on nice quality paper that is thick enough not to get easily torn by an eager learner writer.
There is a slight American bias to the book,for example in the way the addresses are written, but this does not detract from the set at all. I would say that the cutsey illustrations do mean that I can't see this appealing to boys, which in a way is a shame as I do find that boys sometimes struggle to get writing unless they can see a purpose and they might well enjoy a more boy-friendly set.
My daughter has really enjoyed writing postcards and letters to all and sundry in something vaguely recognisable as English, and making her own envelopes with the plastic template that is in the middle of the book. The latter activity is suprisingly fun and enables you to make envelopes from old magazines and the like and seal them with a sticker.
Overall I would recommend this first letter writing set, I would think it would best suit girls from 4-7 and would make a lovely gift.
http://www.klutz.com/ for more details of the chicken socks range
Little Letters are just right for little hands| Includes pretty note cards, postcards, stickers, envelopes and notepad. Also contains a door-knob post box and instructions for making a decorated postage tube. Plus simple instructions on how to write and address letters and cards.