Are you feeling overwhelmed? I am.
I’ve been trying to think of ways to spread a little cheer during such a strange and “unprecedented” time.
If you are a long-time follower of this blog, you know how much I love snail mail. Coloring is one of my go-to’s when Andy is bored and the weather isn’t optimal for bike riding (her current favorite thing to do).
We’ve been staying home as much as possible over the last two weeks since my office sent us home and Andy’s school closed. Playing outside had been a staple until we hit a rainy day last week. So I took it as the perfect time to work on my quarantine-snail-mail-cheer-spreading campaign.
I’ve designed 3 FREE printables you can download using the links below. Andy has already thrown some color on a few of these and we’ve mailed them out to some of our friends and family whose hugs we miss dearly right now.
If you’ve got kiddos at home who enjoy coloring, I encourage you to do the same! I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love receiving happy mail.
Coloring Sheet #1
Let the recipient know how important their health is to you and how much you miss them with this germ coloring sheet.
Coloring Sheet #2
I don’t know about you but I miss being able to hug those I love the most right now so this coloring sheet will certainly be mass distributed by our household!
Coloring Sheet #3
Since we can’t send much else, love feels like a great thing to spread around 😉
Our favorite toddler-friendly coloring essentials:
Andy has these Jumbo Triangular Crayons* that my sister got for her and she loves them!
The colors are a bit dull compared to traditional crayons because of the break-resistant plastic (instead of wax) they are made of, but they’re easy to hold and the triangular shape is supposed to “promote writing readiness.” My favorite part is the plastic storage container they come in.
We also have some Jumbo Crayola Crayons* that were passed on to us and Andy also loves those. They’re easy for her to handle.We do not have Honeysticks*, but they are on Andy’s wish list. They’re made of pure beeswax which will ease your worries if your little one needs to taste-test everything.
Dot markers* are a neat-freak’s dream “paint set.” The fat tubes are easy for toddlers to grasp. My favorite feature is the color-coordinated labels on each – a great way to practice identifying colors.
Be warned: If you have a toddler who insists on taste testing these, their poop may reflect their latest art project the next day (don’t ask how I know this, but wondering if your toddler turned into a leprechaun upon finding a green surprise in her panties can be quite baffling).
Despite how thin they are, Andy enjoys using traditional colored pencils*.
We also have a set of Stabilo Woody pencils*. These chunky pencils are easy for toddler hands to grasp. They are wonderful as little ones are first learning to color because it doesn’t take much pressure for them to get a beautiful color on the page.
They’re also safe on glass (easy to wipe off!) so they’re great if your kiddo doesn’t understand to keep their coloring on the paper 😉
Since the coloring sheets print on regular size copy paper, you can easily fit them in standard letter envelopes*.
I know we’re all avoiding unnecessary trips to the store so if you don’t have envelopes on-hand, reuse those mail-back envelopes that come with junk mail. If there’s a printed address on the envelope, just tape your recipient’s information over it.
OR you can DIY your own envelopes from old calendars, magazines, newspaper, packing paper, posters, maps…really any large piece of scrap paper will do (great zero-waste/upcycling idea!) with this tutorial.
If your kids (or you!) use the coloring sheets, I’d love to see them! Tag me on Instagram: @jordanslicemet.
Wishing you all a happy social distancing and safe quarantining!
In love and health,