Pen Pal Exchange for Children

Pen Pal Exchange Project

This Travel Tuesday feature is going to be a bit different. Today, I am encouraging our children’s words to travel. Not by email, not through Facebook, not over Skype or Facetime, but by good, old-fashioned pen and paper. Join me in The Wellness Wife Pen Pal Project! If you have a child ages 6-12, I’d like to pair them with a child of the same gender and similar age to encourage writing letters and making friends in other states or even other countries.

I had many pen pals as a child and I loved writing to them and hearing what was going on in their life. It was fun buying new stationary or picking out postcards to send to them while on vacation. I still keep in touch with a couple of them. I would love to foster that feeling in the youth of today. The fun of writing a letter. The excitement of getting mail. Letter writing is truly a lost art and, with your help, I’d like to bring it back.

Pen Pal Exchange Project Rules:
  1. If you have a child or children between the ages of 6 and 12, send me an email at with the name, age, gender, and address of your child and I will match them with a child of similar age and same gender.
  2. I have followers from all over the world. If you would prefer not to have your child exchange with a child in another country due to the extra cost of the stamp, please note that in your email to me.
  3. Your child must be able to communicate in English, either on their own or with your help.
  4. I would prefer that email and social media addresses are not exchanged. This is all about writing letters and realizing the joy that exchanging mail can bring.
  5. Ask your children to write in cursive, if possible. Like letter-writing, cursive is a dying art and I want to encourageĀ our children become proficient in cursive. Scientists are finding that cursiveĀ is an important tool for cognitive development. Read the full story at “Why Handwriting Could Make You Smarter” on Psychology Today.
  6. Share this post on social media networks to increase the interest and add more names in the pool. My ability to match your children with a compatible pen pal relies on how many responses I get, so please share and encourage friends to participate.
  7. Bloggers – I would be thrilled and honored if you could feature this exchange on your blogs and social media networks. I’ll do all the legwork, but if I could get your help in promoting the exchange, I know it will be a huge success!
  8. I would love if you’d follow me either by subscribing to my email list or by following me on Facebook or Pinterest.
What to Expect:

As I begin to receive names, I will match your child with a child of the same gender and similar age. The response time all depends on how many responses I receive and how quickly I receive them.

I’m really excited about the opportunity to have children discover the fun of letter writing and receiving. Together, we can make this pen pal exchange a success!

The Paper Chronicles

32 thoughts on “Pen Pal Exchange for Children

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    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for your interest! At this time, I do not match up children older than 12. If you are on Facebook, try Pen Pal Kids Club. If you don’t have any luck on there, email me at thewife at thewellnesswife dot com and I will see what I can do.

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  9. Michelle Westbrook

    I remember participating in a pen pal program when I was younger! I remember being so excited to get mail and make a new friend! Good luck with this :) Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  10. Mom

    I hope this is a huge success, Lisa. I remember how excited even I used to get when you’d hear from a pen pal! And what a blessing it was to have met the entire family of one of your pen pals – you know who you are;) We had such fun that evening at dinner and the OC boardwalk!!

  11. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience

    I can’t believe how ironic this is. I have a post scheduled for Friday morning requesting people to be a Pen Pal with ME. I love getting letters in the mail, and learning more about people.

    I would love to see my son get letters in the mail too. I emailed you about my soon to be 11 year old, but I also have a 7 year old that would love to get letters too. However, he struggles really bad with writing. This would be a great way to enhance those skills for both of my boys.

    1. Lisa Post author

      That is TOOOOO funny! I will stop by on Friday to check out your post. And good for you for scheduling your posts that far in advance! I wish I were that far ahead on my content! I look forward to setting your children up with a pen pal, too. Please share the post, if possible so we can get as many participants as possible.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Danah. Hope you’ll share this post so we can get as many participants as possible. I would love to resurrect the love of getting a letter in the mail.

  12. atexasgirlblogs

    I would like to have my son do this but he is still struggling with writing so can I help him out with the letter as he has a learning disability but this could help with that? Plus I will add it to my blog this evening once we return home from swimming.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Wonderful! I think this would be a great way for him to practice his writing skills. Others I know with learning disabilities do so much better when the topic is something they enjoy. Look forward to hearing from you and thank you SOOOO much for the share!

  13. Michelle

    I had a pen-pal when I was younger and hadn’t thought about how much I loved writing to my friend .. until now. My oldest daughter is 8 and this will be perfect for her.

  14. shambray

    So I don’t have a kid between those ages, but I am so glad that pen pals still exist! I loved having a pen pal growing up! I am so glad you are doing it old fashioned and sending it via USPS! How fun!

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