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A few weeks ago, my son and I decided to send out care packages to some friends and family we’ve only been talking to on FaceTime. I really believe teaching social and emotional learning should be an essential part of every curriculum, and my son definitely had been craving a new way to connect with everyone he was missing so much.
Decorating the Care Packages
He loved decorating the envelopes. I bought multi-packs of stickers that we use for all sorts of projects, and he got to decide which stickers each person would like the best. We had some letter stickers, and he decided he wanted to try to write everyone’s name on the envelope. (Except for one of my close friends… who he decided should get HIS name on the envelope! He’s so proud that he can spell it all by himself now.)
For the other names, I spelled out the letters, and he applied the stickers. The stickers were super tiny, so it was tricky for him to put them in the right order! He was really focused and determined. Great fine motor skill practice.
This one he got all the letters in both names in the correct order! Pretty impressive for a 2.5 year old. He was really excited about his handiwork. I took pictures of the envelopes and texted the photos in case any of the stickers fell off in the mail. I wanted everyone to see how cute his spelling was.
As for the actual care packages, my son made a watercolor painting for each person, and I made a mixed CD for my friends. The grandparents, who wouldn’t be very fond of my music taste just got cards with their paintings instead. Everyone was happy though. Who doesn’t love getting actual mail? Especially during times like this.