With all the modern technology available to us, communication is at the click of a finger. Why not go back to basics and take up the age old art of letter writing? For friends or family who are self isolating either out of choice or due to being symptomatic, a friendly reminder that someone is thinking of them in the post could be the difference between a good or bad day. This could be especially important for vulnerable people such as elderly relatives or neighbours. For children, the activity of letter writing can be time consuming, fun and supporting their development at the same time. Mark making in general supports children's fine and gross motor skills, however writing a letter or drawing a picture to send to someone can support learning in many other ways: Empathy for others; Understanding of feelings and emotions; and an awareness of the wider community, to name a few. So why not get the colouring pencils out and start lettering!
If you are not able to post letters yourself why not ask someone to help deliver them, or alternatively write letters to people within your immediate community and pop one through your neighbours door. Your children might even find they become life time pen pals!
Yesterday I stocked up on stamps and envelopes to do just that - A friend of mine is currently self isolating so me and the kids have spent the afternoon doodling pictures to put a smile on her face when she receives it in the post.