In this digital age, sending mail by regular post sometimes seems to be rather quaint and old-fashioned – a retro relic from the ‘good old days’. Even though times have changed so much, most of us still love to receive letters and postcards in our mail-box – and for many, these evoke memories of affectionate greetings from far-away family members, childhood penfriends, and friends touring exotic places on the other side of the world.
With their glossy images of beauty spots from around the world, I’ve always found postcards to be particularly exciting to receive. However, postcard design is far more diverse than simple holiday snaps, and also encompasses humorous cartoons, vintage fashion, reproductions of famous art and much more.
For creative folk of all ages, making postcards is also fun, affordable and can be done in an unlimited variety of ways. With guidance, it’s something that even very young children can engage in, and is a wonderful educational activity if they’re encouraged to send their creation to a friend or family member afterwards.
Postcards can be made in various ways – some which are more suitable for children than others. Children’s paintings make lovely postcards, but drawings, photos and collages can also be utilised very effectively.
In the following activity, children can use collage and paper-craft techniques to make their own postcards. As with all craft activities, this one is very flexible, and details can be changed, depending on the age of the children you're working with. Many of the bits and pieces that you’ll need are readily available in the home. Feel free to vary my formula in any way – as with all craft work, no two people will ever do the same activity in an identical way.
: About two hours, to enable glue to thoroughly dry.
: 5-10's, Over 10's
#Fine motor skills
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