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How to write a letter

Updated: Jul 25


Easy 10 step guide- for children between the ages of 7-12


Most of us will have a relative or a friend who we haven’t seen for a while. It may be a cousin, a grandparent, a teacher, a neighbour or even a someone who has moved away or is currently in hospital.


Now, wouldn’t it be nice to get in touch with them by writing them a nice letter.

Just imagine, how happy they would be if they received an unexpected letter from you? Think of their smiling face when they open up your letter. Your letter will be read many times and put away in a safe place to keep and treasure for ever?


Writing letters is easier than you think! Follow Lara’s easy 10 step guide to help you.


1.What you will need to write a letter:

· writing paper (plain or patterned)

pen or pencil

· envelope

· a stamp (if you are intending to send the letter by post)

· address of the person you are writing to (you will need an adult to help you find it)



2. Decorating your letter

Before you start writing a letter, decide if you would like to decorate the page with drawings, stickers or other embellishments. You may choose to leave it plain.

It is much easier to write a letter on a page after the drawings and decorations are complete. Otherwise, you might find you have to squeeze in your drawing around the edges of the text and at worst, you may not be able to fit in your drawing at all, if there isn’t enough space allocated for the drawings.




3. Embellishments

Don’t forget, the letter will most probably be sent by post, so don’t add gems and bulky puffy stickers. The letter will be too heavy and bulky to post with a normal stamp. If you are unsure, take the letter to the nearest post office and have it weighed to ensure you are putting enough postage on it.


4. Neat hand writing

Before you start writing your letter, please make sure that you have a comfortable pen/ pencil to write with. It is important that your writing is as neat as possible, so your reader can easily understand your writing.


5. Date, address and location

It is always a good idea to put a date at the top of the page. The date will tell your reader when the letter was written. When they read your letter again, years down the line, they will know which year it was written in.

Adding the location of where you find yourself whilst writing the letter is also a useful, so the reader knows where the letter was written. For example: “A busy café overlooking the sea”, or simply “At home, Oakleaf Cottage, Oxford.


If you would like your recipient to write back to you, it is wise to write your full address at the top of the page.


6. How to start a letter

It is good manners to start your letter by addressing the recipient by their name and/or title, for example:


Dear Annie”, “Dear cousin”, “Dear friend” or “Dear Mrs. Shearman”.


It is also important to ask the recipient how they are, before writing about yourself.

Here is an example:


Dear Annie,

I hope that you and your family are well. I am sorry we haven’t seen each other since you moved away, but I would like to keep in touch with you. “


or


Dear Annie,

How are you? I am writing to you, because I am setting up a pen-pal club and I would love to exchange letters with you from time to time.”


The length of your letter depends entirely on how much you would like to say. You may have a lot of news and updates, drawings or even a story to write. There are no rules here!


7. How to finish your letter


Hope you will write back soon”,


or


“I look forward to hearing back from you


Then finish with:


“Love from Lara” or “Your friend, Lara” or simply “Lara”


If you suddenly realise, that you forgot to mention something in your letter, you can add a “PS” which stands for “Postscript”, meaning “afterthought” in Latin.

Here is an example:


"PS: Do you still like dinosaurs?"


or


"PS: Don’t forget to send me a postcard from your holiday!"


8. Other personal touches

With your letter, you may want to include


· a photo (of your choice)

· an interesting magazine cut out of an article related to your recipient’s interest or hobby,

· a cake or food recipe

· a dried and pressed leaf or flower

· A bookmark

· An inspirational quote or a poem

· Crossword or puzzle

· Flattened origami

· Stickers

· Patterned paper


The possibilities are endless. If you know your friend likes dinosaurs, why not send them a dinosaur article from a newspaper or a dinosaur collage? Send them a cake recipe if you know they like baking. These small personal touches, will show your recipient that you care about them.


9. Envelope


It is important to make sure that the envelope you have chosen is big enough for your letter and the items you wish to include with your letter. It would be disappointing to decorate the envelope with your best efforts, only to find that the pretty bookmark you made, won’t fit and will need to be folded in half or cut off to fit in!


Please write the recipient’s name and address at the front of the envelope in your neatest hand writing and put your own name and address on the back of the envelope in small, neat, writing. Again, it is up to you if you would like to decorate the envelope. A decorated envelope looks really pretty and inviting, but please make sure you leave enough space for the address!


If you don’t have an envelope, you can always make one yourself. You can use pretty or plain paper, newspaper or even gift wrap, if you don’t have anything else to hand!


10. Posting your letter


Place your letter inside the envelope, put a stamp on it and seal it. Your lovely letter is now ready to be posted!


So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and write a letter to someone you miss today!

Make them happy! Show them you care!

Thank you for reading this blog,


Do you have a pen pal or someone you write to regularly?

Please let us know in the comments section.

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