Monthly Archives: May 2015

PEN ME #5: Write to Someone in the Military

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Hello Inksters!

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and Memorial Day is May 26th. What is Memorial Day? It is a national holiday in the United States when we take time to remember the men and women in the military who served in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

So this PEN ME letter writing prompt invites you to write a letter to a person who is serving in the Military.

I know from family members who have served and are serving in either the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, mail call can be a wonderful time of day — if you are one of the people who receives mail. But many service people don’t receive mail when they are away from home. Take this opportunity to brighten a service person’s day! If you have a family member or family friend serving in the Military, write her or him a letter.

What do you say to a person in the Military? Here are some ideas:

  • Thank them for serving in the military.
  • Share with them a highlight from your day.
  • Tell the person about your pet, what you enjoy about school, or what you would love to do on a day off.
  • Talk about your favorite sport to play, your favorite activity, or your favorite music.
  • Ask the person a question about something you are wondering about.

As with all your writing, be very descriptive — use all your senses to create a very vivid letter for the service person to read and enjoy.

If you do not already know someone who is serving in the Military to write to, here are a few organizations you can contact:

One last idea: Think about also writing a letter to someone who has served in the Military in the past. Retired Veterans like to receive mail, too!

PEN ME #4: Fan MAIL

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Hi There Inksters!

Today’s PEN ME invites you to write FAN MAIL.

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Well, not that kind of fan… Fan Mail is what you write when you want someone to know that you really appreciate what they do.

We borrowed this PEN ME idea from http://www.writeoncampaign.com/blog/

We borrowed this PEN ME idea from http://www.writeoncampaign.com/blog/

This person could either have done something for you — like when your parents make you lunch every day. Or it could be something the person does that you just really admire and appreciate. For instance, when the United States won their first game in the last World Cup, 7 year old Lucas wrote a fan letter to the team, letting them know how much he loved watching them play. He even shared a move he saw a player make that he tried to learn! I’ve written letters to writers whose books I really enjoyed.

So write a Fan Letter today. You only need a few short sentences to let someone know you appreciate what they do — for you or someone else.

A fun twist: Write a Fan Letter to a favorite character!

You might get a letter back from the person you write. You may not. But that’s okay. The point of a Fan Letter is just to let someone know you like what they do. Have fun!

PEN ME #3: Sending Thanks Your Way

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Hi Inksters!

Can you think of a reason to say “Thank You” to someone? Well, this PEN ME prompt gives you the chance to do just that — in a letter!

Maybe a friend just gave you a birthday gift. Or you want to share with your teacher how much she or he has helped you learn this year. Perhaps your little brother or sister helped you clean your room. Or maybe you just want to thank someone for being a good friend.

There are so many reasons to say “Thank You.” Pick a person to say “Thank You” to and write a letter. In your letter, explain why you are thankful. Let them know also what their kindness meant to you.

Whoever you write to, they are going to be so thankful to receive a letter in the mail from you!

Happy Pen-ning!

PEN ME #2: Share Your View

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Our view of Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ from the window of Purple Cow Ice Cream Shop

Our view of Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ from the window of Purple Cow Ice Cream Shop

Hello Inksters!

There are many, many reasons to write a letter to someone. Today’s Inkspiration invites you to write to someone and share your view with them.

Now, usually, sharing your view with someone means explaining what you think about a certain topic. You can certainly write a letter that does that. But, today, we are literally inviting you to share your view.

Take a moment to look outside your window. Or to see what you see beyond your front door. Or to stand in your favorite spot and look around. Take in your view. How does it look? How does it smell? How does it sound? What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel?

Choose a person and write a letter sharing all that you take in with the person. Help the person you are writing to see, hear, feel what you do.

In the letter, you can include a sketch of your view. Or even draw a bit of it on the envelope in which you’re going to mail the letter.

Enjoy taking some time to fully appreciate your view and then sharing it with someone who certainly will appreciate hearing from you!

PEN ME: Letter Inkspiration #1

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Hello Inksters!

Today’s the day to put pen to paper and start writing those letters! Need some inkspiration? How about this:

Have you ever wondered what an older relative was like when she or he was your age?

Yes? Well then, here’s your chance to find out!

  • Choose an older relative to write to.
  • Gather your paper, pen, pencil, envelope
  • Gather any stickers or other fun item you want to use to decorate your letter and envelope
  • Write to this person asking about her or his childhood — What did they like to spend their time doing? Where did they like to go? Who was their favorite friend? Ask plenty of questions.
  • What to do after writing your wonderful letter? Mail it, of course!

Let us know if and when you start receiving letters in the mail!

Ready, Set, PEN ME!

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Hello Inksters!

It’s time to launch PEN ME — Inktopia Kids’ letter writing campaign! Starting Monday, May 11, be sure to check in here every Tuesday and Thursday for the entire month. You’ll find ideas for letter writing, creative ways to decorate letters and envelopes, and letters written by other Inksters.

If you have ideas or letters to share, be sure to write us by commenting on this post.

For now, here’s a special weekend Inkling for all those who want to write letters for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is May 10th, but you don’t have to limit writing to your mom’s and other special caregivers in your life just to Mother’s Day. Why not write your letter today — to your mom, grandmother, an aunt, a family friend, or someone who wonderfully cares for or shows care towards you. Imagine how surprised she’ll be when she receives your letter on a day when she’s not expecting it!

Use the following Inkstarts as topics for your letters…

In your letter, finish the following sentences:

  • “I like it when you…”

OR

  • “I remember when we…”

Remember to use all your senses when you write so your letters are even more wonderful to read.

Have fun writing those letters. And remember to mail them when you’re done!

See you back here every T-day in May!