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The Essential White Envelope June 30, 2012

If you’re a parent with school-aged kids, one of the items on your “back to school list” will be white envelopes. Every week these envelopes travel to school containing items such as money for popcorn, Scholastic® book order forms, lunch money, notes to the teacher, etc. Your vital contents will arrive to school in one of these amazing little messengers of white paper (ONLY if your child remembers to give it to the teacher).

One summer day I was trying to figure out an activity for the kids and I to do. Earlier that morning we had hit the mother load of all garage sales . . . a retired grade school teacher was having a sale. We stocked up on games, over-sized books, flash cards, holiday decorations, window decals and the best prize of all, BUG STAMPS. No boy can resist, bug stamps. As soon as we got home I put those bug stamps to work. Along with ink pads and white envelopes, I came up with an extremely easy project. The kids wanted no part of this act, at first. Then, slowly I sucked them into doing all the work (boo-haaa-haaa-haaaaaa). No, actually we had some really wonderful conversations during this project. And I was given the opportunity to sit back, watch what they came up with and listen to how funny they are. Next school year when I am in my morning hustle, grabbing one of those envelopes – I’ll stop and think of the fun day we had stamping and just simply talking with each other.

You will need:

  • White envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Optional: colored pencils, markers, paints

This is an easy one folks – grab some envelopes, ink up some stamps and go for it. We even enhanced our stamps by coloring them in with colored pencils. If you’re feeling really creative, don’t forget to stamp images on the back as well.

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