Pen Pal Kit with *FREE PRINTABLES*

27 May

Everyone loves mail! Chris and I sent a pen palling kit to his little sister this week. She is 9 and she wrote him during the school year for class. Her letters were great and it gave him a chance connect with her in a different way. It was interesting to see what was important to her and what she choose to write about.  He’s learned things that he wouldn’t have even thought to ask about, like she learned cursive this year and after about 4 letters it started to be readable. Did I mention her drawings? Amazing. Anyway, he is hoping this will keep her interested now that it’s not a requirement.

But this would also be a great way to start pen palling with someone you don’t get to see enough.

#DIY pen pal kit by makingmondays

Items to include:

Photo Box to put it all in


Postage Stamps

Construction Paper/Scrapbook Paper/White Paper/Stationary

Die-cut shapes

Stickers (letters and cool things)


Glue stick


Pencils/Pens/Markers/Colored Pencils/Glitter Pens

Notebook (optional, we decided to send a notebook back and forth rather than traditional letters, so the conversation is complete for her to look back at later)

Choose a notebook that appeals to you and personalize it. On the back inside cover, we added a handmade envelope to send secret messages, pictures, and other finds. And on the first page, we put a map of the US with our location and her location marked so she has a better understanding of where we are.

#DIY pen pal kit by makingmondays

Make your letter fun and personal. If your pen pal is young, it is important to give them examples of what they can do through your letter. And there is so much you can do. You could paste in comics and photos . Or start a correspondence game of tic-tack-toe or hangman. Or write a secret code key and include a message to decipher. Be sure to give them something to write back about. To get the process started, you can print these fill in the blank questions for your pen pal to answer.

FILLINTHEBLANK printable by makingmondays

Lastly, we attached our address to the lid of the box, so it can’t get lost. If your pen-pal hasn’t mailed a letter before, you may want to use this as an address label and an example of how their envelope should look.

envelope printable by makingmondays

FREE PRINTABLES click on the images above to open them as full size PDFs, then you can save or print the files from there!

P.S. How great would this be as a going away present?

14 Responses to “Pen Pal Kit with *FREE PRINTABLES*”

  1. makingmondays June 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Thank you so much, I just started blogging and it is great to get positive feedback.

  2. handmadecircus September 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Adorable! What a great idea! And your printables are beautiful!

  3. iamdestroyercomics October 8, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    this is so awesome!

  4. roylcoblog October 25, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    Perfect for elementary grades to introduce a bit of fun to their literacy activities! I would have loved to have this kit when writing to my pen pal in third grade! Thanks for the great post 🙂

  5. chaiyos March 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    thank you so much it ‘s great
    chaiyos thailand

  6. christinajavete October 8, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    This is such an adorable idea!! ❤ I found your blog through a Pin on Pinterest and I'm so happy I did! ❤

  7. Debi Livsey August 5, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Thank you so much! Super helpful! xo

  8. Carol August 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    Thank you just found this wonderful blog. Quite a few years back I made my children a writing box with similar things in it like you have . We used to write notes to each other in our “special” letter box and also they wrote to their cousins too.
    I now have two beautiful little granddaughters that live interstate and I write to them aged 6 & 3 . I am going to make up a pen pal kit for them.
    Thank you again for reminding me about our writing box and now to continue on with your pen pal kit.


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