The ABCs of summer


June 04, 1994|By Donna Erickson | Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate

If your child's grandparents live far away and you get together only a few times a year, develop an entertaining line of communication with a summer postcard game:

Start off by finding a postcard that has a picture of something that begins with the letter "A." Airlines often give away postcards with a picture of an airplane in flight, for example. On the back of the postcard, print the letter "A" at the top and add a short message. Explain that they should in turn send you a postcard with a picture of something that begins with "B."

For challenging letters such as "Q" or "V," let your child draw a picture of something that begins with that letter.

Send postcards back and forth to cover all the letters of the alphabet. The next time your family sees the grandparents, combine the 26 postcards. Punch a hole in the corner of each and attach them together on a metal ring to form a personalized alphabet book that is also a diary of summer activities!

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