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18 Letter Writing Prompts To Bring Back Snail Mail| Jennie Moraitis

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Here are some letter writing prompts to get you back into writing old-fashioned mail. Make someone’s day today! :)

I come from a family of letter writers. When I was a little girl, I would write letters to my Grandpa (my mom would pen in his last name), and he would write me back. He would send photos of the dog and tell me about his projects and the garden. I loved getting mail from him. When friends moved away, I wrote letters to them. And many of them wrote back. I still have letters from a friend who wrote to me by candlelight in the Amazon (her parents moved there for a few years to be missionaries.)

When it was time for college, I wrote volumes back home and received volumes back. I laughed until I cried from letters from my sisters. We went through a stage of making envelopes out of magazine pages so those were particularly colorful (and funny, since we also wrote our own comments on the ads. ) My mom wrote beautiful descriptive letters about how life was going and even my dad would drop me a line here and there.

But as email and texting and social media in general have come more and more into play, my letter-writing has slowed almost to a halt. I still write my Grandpa and the little girls we sponsor. And I try to send notes to my mom and sisters. Just this last week I received a novel (what we call a very long letter) from one of my sisters and another from my mom. I need to write them back!

When I ask around, it seems that most of us are not writing ‘real’ letters anymore (‘real’ meaning pen on paper as opposed to long emails, etc.) but that many of us want to write more. This is very interesting to me. I hear things like, “I love receiving real mail instead of just bills!” but then most of us kind of stay in that, “Wouldn’t it be nice?…” place and don’t do the thing. Myself included.

So, I thought I’d write a blog post with some letter writing prompts and ideas so you can get back into the writing spirit.   This isn’t an exhaustive list but hopefully it will get you going with writing letters again. I’m sure your friends and family will appreciate receiving something other than junk mail in their mail box!


Letter Writing Prompts

1. Be an Encourager. Write out a few ways you’d like to encourage this person on a post-it note before you start your real letter and refer to it as you write. It is always nice to think of how you can encourage your recipient rather than just writing until you can’t think of anything else to say. (Here are some free printable encouragement cards that you could use.)

2. Illustrate your day or a recent trip. You might think your day is too boring to illustrate, but it is actually fun to see a peek into someone’s life. What did you eat for breakfast? What did you notice on the way to work or school? When you start looking at your day as an observer, things will start to pop out at you. I once saw a woman very intently reading a book with a large magnifying glass at a coffee shop. And there was the time I was on a run and saw a man playing the trumpet to the ocean waves. Those little random moments made great illustrations!

3. What’s the weather like where you are? I know, nerd alert, but this is nearly always included in my letters. I can’t help myself. I think it is interesting to read about the ice storm that hit the East coast or how the daffodils are coming up early this year.

4. Describe a new favorite place to visit. Maybe you just discovered a fun coffee shop or a little courtyard where you can sit by a fountain and write. Write about it!

5. The latest and greatest antics from the kids (or pets). You’ll probably naturally add this in. Did your toddler just start counting to twenty out of nowhere? Has your cat decided it will only eat its food when no one is looking? Random, but funny moments are fun to read.

6. Share what you’re learning. Maybe you are in school and you can take this quite literally by sharing some of the things you’re getting out of your classes. But even if you’re way past school age, you’re always in the state of learning. Did you read something interesting lately? See a good movie that you recommend?

7. Talk about your goals. Most likely you’re writing to someone who loves you so they will probably think it is interesting to see what you’re working on right now. And don’t be intimidated by the word, “goal”. It could be something really simple like sharing how you’re on a mission to learn how to make the perfect scone.

What to Include in Your Letter

1. Send a family picture or a picture of yourself. Sounds silly but honestly, so often we take pictures these days and never print them. It’s fun to receive a picture of someone that isn’t a holiday picture (at least I think so. :))

2. Make a paper chain or a banner to celebrate an event. Make it super small so it fits into an envelope. It will be a mini celebration!

3. Send a postcard. You can send this in the letter or separately. It is always fun to receive one of those majestic scenic postcards in the mail.

4. Make a mini-book. Fill it with favorite quotes, illustrations, collage, or whatever you’d like. You could also send blank mini-books and explain how to fill them up.

5. Kid’s artwork. I love receiving artwork from my nieces and nephews. Our refrigerator is like a little museum. If you have kids, before you toss that latest masterpiece because it is cluttering the counter top, consider sending it to Nana or Auntie. You could also take your child’s art and make it into a card by using this tutorial.

6. Send a poem. In my mom’s latest letter, she mentioned coming across an old letter I had sent her years ago when I was working in Santa Barbara, California. I had copied out a favorite poem at the time, “Black March” by Stevie Smith. I had forgotten about it, but just looked it up again. What a beautiful thought to read. Poems or lyrics to a song convey so much truth and are wonderful ways to share your heart.

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No More Excuses!

1. Just do the thing. Take 15 minutes, grab a piece of paper, and write. It really won’t take you as long as you think. If you’d rather type, then type it out on the computer and print. Done.

2. Make a date to write. Maybe you don’t have time at the moment to write, so instead, schedule it in. I’m not usually stringent with this—it is supposed to be fun, right?—I just write on my to-do list at the beginning of the week that I need to write a letter to so-and-so and make a point to do it somewhere in those seven days. p.s. This is what I mean by a “letter-writing retreat” in the image above. It takes me 10 minutes to write a meaningful letter during my retreat time (usually nap time!), and I’m always so glad I did.

3. Think of how happy you’ll make that person. Maybe that is a silly thing to say, but if that is what works for you, go ahead and do it. What grandparent is going to roll their eyes at a letter? Most people are kind of surprised and grateful for real mail. You might just make someone’s day!

4. Buy stamps at the grocery store. You wrote the letter, addressed the envelope, and . . . oh, yeah, a stamp. Rather than going to the post office which may or may not be out of the way for you, just pick up a book of stamps at the grocery store the next time you’re there. Write it as an item on your grocery list so you don’t forget.

5. Write how you talk. No need to be fancy. You don’t have to sit down and think up elaborate sentences and make this into a chore. Have fun, jot down your thoughts, and send that letter off into the world!

If you want to do something really fun, you should try making a set of Write Me Back cards for the friend you’re going to write. One of my friends and I did this a few years ago and I loved making/receiving a card every month!

Well, hopefully these few ideas encouraged you to bring some letter writing back into your life. I know that I am going to take these thoughts to heart and write my sister and mom back! I created a letter-writing bundle that is seriously full of prompts like these, tutorials, and printable stationery so you can keep your letter-writing going all year long. Click here to check it out.

Hope you all have a lovely {and creative} day!

32+ Letter Writing Prompts: Letter Writing Ideas ✉️

April 27, 2020

Did you know that letter writing has risen in popularity over the recent years? In fact, in the year 2017 to 2018 over 36% of children said that they enjoy writing letters in their free time. While in 2011 this percentage was as low as 28%. It’s not a drastic increase, but it’s definitely a clear increase! So to support this continued rise in interest for letter writing, we have come up with over 32 letter writing prompts to encourage lower and middle school children to write more letters in their spare time.  

Our list of letter prompts covers everything from elementary school prompts to middle school letter-writing ideas, as well as persuasive letter writing ideas.  See our post on 150 writing prompts for middle school students for more writing ideas.

Over 32 letter writing prompts for students in the 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade to even 6th graders:

  1. Favourite things: Write a letter to your pen pal asking them about their favourite things. Start by asking them about their favourite colour, food, animal and favourite subject at school. Then you can talk about your own favourite things.
  2. Distant Relative: Write a letter to a distant relative (someone you haven’t seen in a while). In this letter, you can talk about the things you miss about them and also the things they are missing out on here at home. 
  3. Fan Mail: Write a letter to your favourite celebrity. What would you ask this celebrity? Is there anything you would like to share with them? What do you like most about them?
  4. Future Self: Write a letter to yourself in 5 years time. What would you tell your older self? What things would you want them to remember from the past?
  5. Thank an everyday hero: Think about someone that inspires you. This could be a teacher, nurse, doctor, policeman and so on. Write a note to them thanking them for the service they provide every day.
  6. Write to your favourite superhero: Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spiderman – Whoever your favourite superhero is, write an imaginary letter to them. You can talk about their superpowers, a recent battle they might have had, their arch-nemesis or anything else!
  7. Lesson Learned: Think about something that you have recently learned and who you learned this from. Can you write a letter to thank them for teaching you this amazing new lesson?
  8. See you later Letter: It’s the last day of school. Write a ‘see you later’ letter to your friends which you might not see over the holidays. 
  9. Goodbye Letter: You’re leaving a long adventure and you don’t know when you’ll be back. Write a goodbye letter to your loved ones and friends telling them that you’ll miss them and about the adventure you have planned. 
  10. Old Memories: Think about your favourite past memories. Who are these memories with? Write a letter to this person talking about your favourite moments from this memory. 
  11. Weather forecast alert: Write a letter to someone in another country describing the weather where you are right now.
  12. Cheer them up: Write a letter to cheer someone up who is sad. You could include a funny story or joke in this letter.
  13. The first time we met: Think about the first time you met your friend. Write a letter to them reminding them of this time. 
  14. Letter to Grandparents: Write a letter to your grandparents, asking them about the old times. What was school like for them? What kind of games did they play when they were young? 
  15. Birthday Party invites: Write a letter inviting someone to a birthday party that you’re having. Talk about the party theme, food, music and don’t forget to include the time and location.
  16. Apology letter: Have you hurt anyone’s feelings recently? Write them an apology letter to tell them how sorry you are. 
  17. Letter to Santa: Write a letter to Santa, telling him that you have been good with examples. Don’t forget to include a wish list!
  18. Alien Invasion Response: Aliens are coming to invade Earth! Send them a letter to convince them to stop invading Earth.
  19. Letter of complaint: Imagine you recently went to a restaurant and the food was bad. Now write a letter of complaint to the owner of that restaurant. In this letter, you can give them ideas of how they can improve their food and service. 
  20. Letter to publication: Do you have a favourite magazine that you read? Write a letter to your favourite publication telling them how good their recent issue was.
  21. Letter your mayor/council: Write a formal letter to the mayor of your town, telling them how to improve your town. You can talk about the issues in your town and how these can be fixed. 
  22. Trapped on an island: Imagine you are trapped on an island in the middle of nowhere. Write a message in a bottle to someone. This can be an SOS message, a message telling others how good your life is now or how bad it is. What message would you want people to find?
  23. People of the future: Write a letter to the people of the future in 100 years time. What things would you want them to know about your life?
  24. Secret Admirer: This one is a good Valentine’s Day writing activity. Write an anonymous letter to someone you like, telling them everything you like about them. 
  25. Letter to an object: Write a letter to an inanimate object in your room, like a pencil or a chair. What would ask this object?
  26. New stuff: Write a letter about something new you got recently. You can start the letter by saying, “Today I got…”
  27. Deforestation: You just found out that a new company is building its headquarters in your town. To build this new building they will have to destroy the local forest. Send a letter to your local mayor stating your opinion. Take a look at these endangered species writing activities for more environmental fun.
  28. The Job Application: Write a letter to a company that you want to work for in the future. Tell them why you would make a good worker and why they should hire you.
  29. Animal Testing: You recently found out that a local beauty company is using animals like monkeys and dogs to test their new range of make-up. Write a letter to this company telling them why this is unethical or bad.
  30. Homework and more homework: Write a letter to your teacher telling them of your opinion on homework. Do you think homework should be banned? Why or why not? 
  31. Animal Letter writing: Imagine if animals could write. Choose an animal of your choice and write a letter to them. What have you always wanted to ask your chosen animal? This DIY animal envelope tutorial could be a fun idea here.  
  32. Fairytale letters: We’re sure that everyone has read a fairytale. Pick a fairytale character of your choice and write a letter to them. This could be Cinderella, one of the seven dwarves or even the big bad wolf.
  33. Dear Mom Letter: Write a dear mom letter to your mom! You can start with the following sentence: I love this picture of you… Check this post for more ‘Dear Mom’ Letter prompts.

What do you think of these creative letter writing prompts? Let us know in the comments and you can even share your letters with us too!


Marty the wizard is the master of Imagine Forest. When he's not reading a ton of books or writing some of his own tales, he loves to be surrounded by the magical creatures that live in Imagine Forest. While living in his tree house he has devoted his time to helping children around the world with their writing skills and creativity.

April Fool's Day Email Ideas :)

“A day without a smile is a lost day”
Charlie Chaplin

In school or university days, April 1st or April Fool's Day was much more important to us than it is now. Moreover, it was an expected spring holiday with prepared jokes, gags, pranks on peers and even parents. I hope you still have such an environment that just give a reason to laugh ... :) For email marketers, April Fool's Day is an informational occasion that gives you the opportunity to once again unobtrusively remind customers about yourself using email newsletters. Completely different companies congratulate their customers with April Fool's Day letters: travel agencies, skin health centers, companies providing educational services.

Each company is creative in its letters in its own interesting way: both successfully and not so well. Therefore, on the eve of April Fool's Day, email marketers are a little confused: what topic to choose? What to write about in a letter? What mailing design to come up with? So that you understand what is better to send by e-mail, and what to refrain from, we analyzed examples of letters already sent by different companies.

The subject of the letter for April Fool's Day

The subject of the letter for any holiday is difficult to choose. I don't want to get lost in the flood of emails. First of all, the subject of your letter for April 1 will depend on the content and promotional offer, but also on how ready you are to go beyond your usual mailings and get creative. It is even more difficult to choose a topic for April Fool's Day, because everyone is trying to stand out from the general flow, and often this results in boring identical topics.

What to do about it? Re-read them all, draw conclusions and think about what this can be written in the topic, so as not to really merge with the general background. And most importantly, no “jokes” or “not jokes”.

So, on the first of April, Inch Of Gold sent a selection of funny videos instead of serious discounts with the subject line “You can't stop laughing at what they are doing!”

A good subject line from, an online store of children's toys:

In addition to being creative, you can get the maximum discount on your products, for example, up to 90% discount on everything from the Gloria Jeans store 100% encourages you to open the letter and see what's interesting there.

Another life hack from Modnaya Kasta, who without further ado just gave free shipping. Why not? Yes, they already have it free of charge from a certain amount, but it was on April 1 that they highlighted this in the topic.

Experiment with themes, it never hurts :)

April Fool's Letter Design

The most common colors for April Fool's Day emails are any shade of yellow. Not surprising, because this color is associated with warmth, kindness, joy and laughter.

Kiko Milano

For example, color cosmetics company Kiko Milano chose mustard yellow for its spring newsletter design, successfully pairing it with black.

Beautiful high-quality pictures and an interesting design of the product card could not help but appeal to subscribers, especially girls :)


WILDBerries also paid tribute to the yellow color by preparing a promotional email with an elephant and a great design. The subject of this letter is also unusual:

“April 1, we were taken over by JOKES! Have fun with us! FUCK!”

In addition, the letter looks like a solid banner, but in reality - an image with an elephant was used, and then all text blocks with a yellow background. Super!


Yellow for an April Fool's letter is not always a good choice. If it is incorrectly combined with other colors, then something too difficult to perceive may turn out.

If you don't have the opportunity to experiment with design for whatever reason, don't worry. If you don’t bother with the associativity of the mailing, you can leave a letter for any information occasion in a corporate style.

Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher mailing lists are always bright and colorful, April 1 is no exception.

It's bad that the letter is made with one picture, which may not be displayed, and nothing will remain of the email. In the new adaptive eSputnik editor, you can use backgrounds and backgrounds in the form of pictures. This method gives the highest quality result and a guarantee of display. In addition, no matter what happens, the text of your letter will still remain, and your subscribers will see a congratulation or information about the promotion.

Skin Health Center

Skin Health Center retained its corporate mailing design. The letter contains a simple promotional code that is easy to remember, a clear promotion and, most importantly, brevity.

Lines of Love

And if you sell jewelry, then the following example of a letter for the day of laughter from the company Lines of Love is just for you!

Beautiful product cards and a banner will not leave subscribers indifferent. And discounts on goods will encourage you to go to the site and choose a spring gift.
Now you know how to design letters for the first of April, and you can easily come up with your own version of a super letter. But in order not to miss the details, read to the end, we will analyze the banners and content of mailing lists.

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Banners in emails

Almost every email example we looked at had a banner at the top: animated or regular. What are the banners, and what they usually write on, you can see in the examples below.

Task: look at three examples of banners and answer the question: “What exactly should not be written on a banner by April 1st?”




No, not only she, I just met more of just such examples. The phrase “Serious discounts” and many other variations of texts in a letter with the word “joke” are also often used.

There are also banners that, despite the phrases with “not things”, look much more advantageous and interesting in the mailing list due to animation or interesting pictures.

For example, the banner in the letter from Wildberberries about capturing JOKES!

And here is a beautiful banner with "Serious discounts", which looks much better than other examples due to animation.

You can meet companies that did not focus on creative humor at all, but simply made a laconic and beautiful banner design.

Prepare your email newsletter for April 1st

Filling out the newsletter

Your promo emails for April Fool's Day can be filled with any content, someone decides to send a promotion on this day, someone the history of the holiday, someone will combine the action and some interesting information. The most common practice for all mailing lists for the holidays is promotions and discounts. These are various combinations of a banner, product cards and promotions placed at the bottom of the letter.


Let's take a letter from Leomax as an example. Pay attention to the banner - again “Ridiculous prices” and interestingly designed product cards.

You've seen this type of letter a thousand times, and their structure is quite familiar, but there are also such letters that arouse more interest, combining both interesting information and elements of an unobtrusive sale.


Anywayanyday was very pleased with an example of such an interesting informative letter. In their newsletter, they collected interesting facts about the peculiarities of jokes and the reasons for laughter in different countries and thus offered to choose a ticket to the country they liked.

I found the example of a letter from a travel agency so interesting that I wanted to go to New York even more :) relatives, what you can laugh at and how to surprise your relatives, based on the company's products.

Since the field of business is rather unusual, such a move in the mailing list is very successful. In their letter to, they conducted a mini-quest “Collect a promotional code” by letter, which is very non-standard.

Unfortunate examples of combining interesting text and sales - when the text is too long and unreadable, because not structured.

"Expedition" store

Here is an example of such a letter from the "Expedition" store.

Eau De Parfum

Perfume shop Eau De Parfum decided to share the story of the origin of the holiday. The idea, of course, is good, but not in such execution.

Agree, there is no desire to read such a text. Therefore, think three times about the design of your content in the letter, if the same idea arose.

To sum it up: forget about everything “serious”, because the mail is full of such letters. Your first priority is to get some of the funniest people in the office together and get creative with something really cool.

Examples of letters for the first of April and other holidays can be found in our blog. We wish you the first of April to stand out among all incoming letters, have time to play a trick on your loved ones and laugh at yourself.

The funniest children's letters to Santa Claus

Every year, children who have not yet been disappointed in this cruel world and believe in a real miracle are waiting for the New Year. After all, Santa Claus will bring gifts! And in order for Grandfather to bring exactly what he wants, and not some mittens, he needs to write a letter. Here the children write.

And the parents laugh and post these kind, naive and dreamy requests on the Internet. The editors of Tlum.Ru have collected for you 26 most touching messages to Santa Claus from kids (with the author's spelling).


The most caring child in the world

“I strongly ask you to bring mug, perfume, shampoo for mom and dad. Papa mug, shampoo, classic beer.

Drawing to help

"Det maros pazarusta padari me lego star warriors! Zvizdlet".

Future chemist

Dear Grandfather Frost! Please give me a lab.

Ambitious requests

“Dear Santa Claus, can I please 6S. iPhone for the New Year and a yellow case for it.

To facilitate the search

"Grandfather Frost, give me and Egor Lego according to the article: Ivan - 70 742 Egor - 70 736. Thank you."

Brevity is the sister of talent


The main thing is politeness

“Hello dear Santa Claus! We've been doing well this year. My brother also behaved well and obeyed mom and dad. I study very well with only fives, and I finished the first quarter with excellent marks. My brother wants a hairdressing salon for the New Year, and please give me only real cosmetics like my mother's. From Varya and Dima. Santa Claus, we love you very much. And we say in advance: "Thank you!" ".

Is the item in stock?

"I want a small white tablet if available."

Again, which beads?

“Dear Santa Claus. Podori and sachets A gift for me is a dress of pren tsesa aurora, and a sachet of a dinosaur. Please, and paint the fuck for mom, and I'll save the perfume with a pleasant odor.

A real woman

“Dear Santa Claus. I want you to decide what to give me because I don't know!!!".

Everyone loves puppies

“Dear Santa Claus. Give me a family of puppies and their house for the New Year. Ksyusha Nikitina 4 years old.

Last Name

“Santa Claus, I want 3 shampoos for my grandmothers, 1 polish for my mom, 4 sports nutrition for dad, 1 big Lego car for me. Maxim Kormiltsev 1E.

Interesting set

“Dear Santa Claus! Please give me clay and an owl for the New Year. Ksyusha.

Difficult to perform

“Santa Claus I want a BMW”.

Do you remember the name exactly?

"Dear Santa Claus Please give me Lego schmuck."

Future employee of REN-TV

“Dear Santa Claus! This year I behaved well! Put a flying saucer with aliens under my Christmas tree. Yarik 5 years.

Wow list!

“Hello Santa Claus Happy New Year to you! I want for the new year: 8 monster high dolls, 8 monster bratz dolls, 10 male dolls, a book of stickers, a denosaurus pug can be scary, 2 new sets of davinchi, a TV in my room with the Internet, a small lego french.

Acrobat dog

“Dear Santa Claus! This is written by a girl Kira. I behaved well. Please give me a gift - a toy dog ​​that does somersaults. Happy New Year".

Clear instructions

Santa Claus! We don't have a Christmas tree. Therefore, put my gift on the table, do not forget to close the window behind you. There is a box of chocolates on the table. Don't eat everything. This is my present from kindergarten.”

And not a word about a gift!

“Grandfather Frost! Please don't forget to leave before 6 o'clock because my alarm goes off at 6 o'clock!"

Caring girl

“Hello Santa Claus. Didn't you catch a cold in the north? I ask you to give me a snowboard for Christmas. And for Christmas to be a lot of snow. Tanya. P.S. I wish you health and strength!

Animal Lover

Grandfather Frost. I love animals very much. And for a long time I want a toy with big eyes, this hamichek toy. And I want to draw a picture."

Employee of the Year

“Daragoy detmaroz, please give me a goose gigil vigil and telifon! This year I painted the wall and I'm looking for hello everyone. planted potatoes and beans."

Simplified searches

“Santa Claus, hello! How are you doing? Here's what I want to get for the New Year: www.

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