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Wish You Were Here
Ages 9 to 12
Keep in touch with faraway friends and family with homemade post cards.

What You Need
Wish You Were Here

  • 8" x 5" card cut from oak tag
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Colored markers and crayons

What to Do

  1. Make a list of places represented in your city or town. Some of these places might be a park, zoo, museum, library, or store, etc. Choose one or two places on your list, and draw pictures of these places on one side of the 8" x 5" card.
  2. On the other side, draw a vertical line to divide the card in half. On the left half write a "wish you were here" note to a friend or a family member who lives faraway.
  3. On the right half, write the address of a friend or family member. Be sure to include the person's name, street address, city, state/province, postal code, and country.
  4. Put the correct amount of postage in the back upper-right corner of the post card.

What Else You Can Do

  • Create post cards to tell someone about your school or neighborhood. Be sure to include what makes this place special for you.
  • Check out the United States Postal Service (www.usps.gov/welcome.htm) Web site to learn about the history of the Postal Service, double-check zip codes, read letters, and send electronic messages.

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