Old-fashioned letter writing is a great way for kids to build their writing skills and practice their handwriting. But did you know that there are other benefits to writing letters?

Sending and receiving letters in the mail gets kids motivated to write – helping them discover the fun parts of writing, beyond just the school work! In their letters, kids can express emotions in a safe space, ask questions, explore their creativity and build connections with others. Letter writing also helps kids slow down from the speed of online and social media. The slower pace helps kids more carefully choose their words and craft more meaningful communication.

As they begin letter writing, kids will experience the thrill of checking the mailbox and finding a letter addressed just to them! As they grow older, students can also expand their letter writing to have a voice and influence their community, making the world a better place!

Here are our favorite letter writing prompts for kids to get started…

Letter writing prompts:

  • Write a letter describing what you’ve been doing at home or school.
  • Jot down notes describing what you see out your window.
  • Write a letter about your favorite game and why you like to play the game.
  • Develop a secret code and then write a coded letter. Ask the receiver to write back to you in code.
  • Write a letter describing your favorite character from a movie or TV show. Ask the receiver about their favorite movie or show.
  • Write a letter about a vacation you would like to take. Ask the receiver about their favorite vacation.
  • Write a letter describing your favorite food & where to go to eat it. Ask the receiver their favorite food.
  • Write a letter sharing what you want to be when you grow up. Ask the receiver about their job.
  • Write a letter to a friend telling them what you like about them and what makes them a good friend.

For even more letter writing prompts, try using a tool like Learning Resources Let’s Talk Conversation Cubes, Writing Prompt Cubes or Emoji Cubes – all of which get kids writing and sharing!

SEL Conversation Cubes toy