Looking for a family activity that’s interesting, creative and fun? How about a creative birthday party idea for older kiddos?
|On a hike in Swansea, MA|
|Luke’s discovery in Somerset, MA|
|A local Geocache (we’ve done this too)!|
The basic idea of letterboxing is to follow written directions like a treasure hunt with a compass to find a hidden letterbox (great lesson for kids to learn to use a compass!) Set out on your hike, and watch for the land marks! Inside the box is a rubber stamp (some home-made, some commercial) and a notebook. Sometimes, the letterbox owner will also enclose a pen or pencil and an ink pad, but your best bet is to bring your own.
|On the hunt in Fairhaven, MA|
|Seth found this one!|
Once you find the “treasure,” you leave a copy of your stamp in the box’s notebook, and take a copy of their stamp in your personal collection. When you get home, you can log on to the letterbox’s site and leave a message for the letterbox owner.
|Getting ready to stamp in.|
|Portland, ME area (Baxter Woods)|
|I have my kids carry a small backpack with their letterboxing kit and a bottle of water.|
|My cousin Ani’s first letterbox discovery!|
|Everyone takes a turn|
|Letterboxing kit-making station|
|Teams setting out on “the hunt”|
A letterboxing kit makes a great gift! Make a special notebook, and put it in a nice plastic box (like a pencil box), a special pen, an ink pad and a rubber stamp and maybe a pair of gardening gloves and a compass. Include a homemade book about the history of letterboxing, and maybe a few choice letterbox locations close to you.
|Using scrapbooking materials, I covered ordinary notebooks to make special gifts.|
|Coordinating colored pens, stamps and ink pads|
What activities do you enjoy with your family? Leave me some great ideas in the comments below!