Christmas has just passed and perhaps your house is now filled with excess toys and packaging.
Over summer we have been talking about toy quality and how some last, while others don’t, which toys are great to have and which ones we will forget about in one week.
From this we have decided to write letters to toy companies and asking them to make changes to the material toys and their packaging is made out of.
I have done this in class with a group of Year 2 students so any age group can follow the following formula to make a letter be read and replied to.
Here is a suggestion of how to get children to enjoy writing letters to companies of their favourite toys…. It’s simple and allows the children to still enjoy having toys – but gets them to think about how small changes can make a big difference!
Dear (Try to find the name of the CEO),
Talk about why you love their toys and all of the things you like to do with them.
Give them a suggestion as to how these toys could be changed so they have less of a devastating effect on the environment.
Tell them that you hope you can see a change and you are looking forward to a reply.
Sign off and add a return address.
Can you inspire your child to write a letter to a company asking them to make a change for the good of the world?
We’ve had a lot of laughs whilst reading ‘Yours troolie, Alice Toolie ’ by @katejoltemple
You don’t need to have met either character before to enjoy the conversation between two classmates who have been made to write letters to each other because of a huge fight they had.
Letter writing between two enemies could not get any better!
The format of this story is fun – the font, the doodles on each letter entry and the honesty of how kids really see the world.
Letter writing may even make a comeback….you never know.
A great book to read and an even better book to use in the classroom to instigate some fun letter writing!
What can you do with this book?
Write some letters between classmates or friends. You can use the post and integrate learning about the Australian postal system or just post the letters in a made up box in the classroom.
Investigate the best way to capture and store a ghost. Compare this to the method Alice and Jimmy used. Which way is better?
Learn about where and why emoji’s were invented. Create some that you think may be needed in the future.
What is eco glitter? Create a list of all the things you love using that are not so eco-friendly. Are their alternative products out there that will not harm the environment?
Do you think another letter writing book could come out of this one? Write down some future ideas for Alice and Jimmy if there was to be a second book (it may not be letter writing – could it be something else?)