I am thrilled to announce that there is a new after school program in Brooklyn called Inventgenuity Workshops with many fantastic offerings, including a Mail Art class that I will be teaching for children in grades 2-5. Here’s a description:

Remember paper mail? How fun it was? Well, in this workshop kids will get to experience that fun by creating handmade mail for friends and family!  We’ll draw pictures, write letters, create mystery notes, make collages, design stickers, adorn envelopes, and potato print stationery. Then we’ll apply postage stamps and send our mail-able art by post. Viva Snail Mail!

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Postcard Services

I have been experimenting with Hazel Mail– a site where you can upload your digital photo, insert a message, mailing address and Voila! They’ll send a postcard for you! For a mere buck fifty. While I don’t love their text formatting and wish I could opt out of having their logo on my message, the photo quality is very good. Also, postcards are sent with a real postage stamp and a postmark  from Phoenix, AZ that you can actually read! Not like the smeary mess that gets spread on my mail here in “Triboro, NY”.

There’s also Postagram, a similar site that sends a postcard with a snap out, square photo. The photo I received from them was a little dark. Anyone have experience with these sites or others? And have you used their apps on your phone? Do Tell.

2nd grade mail

I was very inspired by this message from a friend of a friend:

Can you help me out? Our daughter Rose’s 2nd grade class (the Owls) are studying the Post Office and how communication has evolved over the years. This touches on a lot of academic subjects: (math, geography, writing and community based learning). It would be great if you could send a post card to the class from where ever you may be. Or forward this email on to friends and family from all over the world asking them to send the Owls letters and postcards. We’ll read the letters together, find the location on the map, and place them on the bulletin board outside our door (so make sure they’re 2nd grade appropriate!)

This is the teacher’s 5th year doing this project and the kids just love it. They have set up a running post office in the classroom that is student led. Each day different children take turns acting as the mail carrier, mail sorter and cashier while other students write letters. Stamps cost 6 cents and prices go up regularly. Each student has their own set of money to buy stamps with. Eventually we’ll open the post office up to the whole school.If you would like to participate please send letters, postcards to:
Children’s Day School
Ms. Amy and Ms. Daniela (The Owls)
333 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
I think these teachers need a special VSM award. In fact, I think I am going to make them one. For now, I sent those little owls a postcard. What do you say, readers? Can you send the Owls some mail from your zip code? Viva Snail Mail!