Letter Writing Ideas - 10 year old Boy

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I'm looking for ideas on things to send my sponsor child. He is 10 years old, so maybe too old for colouring/stickers. Thanks
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My 18 year old told me he still likes that stuff. You could send uno or go fish cards, puzzles, temp tattoos, laminated leafs depending on what he likes
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Hi Janet! You might check out our Pinterest boards which are filled with lots of ideas of lovely items to send. Our blog typically has letter writing ideas included as well. From my own experience, stickers are loved by children of all ages! All of the children I support are teen girls. I send scripture cards, photos, post cards, and simple encouragement, which means a whole lot to these teens who face great challenges. You could also send football/soccer player trading cards to a young man.
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I have also sent paper airplanes with directions and geometric coloring pages (very popular right now and easy to find at stores like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and even Barnes and Noble) to my kiddos. A lot of sponsors also send child devotional excerpts to their kids. My kids have thanked me numerous times for the photos of me and my family that I send, as well as the copy of their Compassion photo! Many of the kids do not have photos of themselves at home. When I send their photo back to them, I include a paragraph with words describing who the Lord says they are (loved, courageous, child of the King of Kings, etc). They LOVE it. We've got lots of good ideas if you need more! :)
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Thank you for the tip on sending the kids a copy of their own photo!

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Hi Janet! Welcome to this community! :) Those are great ideas, Anna! Sarah, sending paper airplanes is such a cool idea! I've never even thought about that before or seen that idea mentioned. I really like Susan's suggestion about sending scripture cards too. :) That's maybe the most important thing we can send to our kids. I was also going to suggest, besides coloring books, that there are lots of activity books that you can find at the dollar stores with things like dot-to-dots and different kinds of puzzles in them. I really like the Highlights books with the hidden picture puzzles in them too. You might could also find a calendar with pictures of the state that you live in or something like that to send, Janet. Sending Band-Aids might also be a good idea for a 10 year old boy. :) My wife found some world maps to send to our kids and colored the state that we lived in and their country and made a line between them and decorated them and those turned out really good. We found that idea on the Pinterest page that Susan mentioned.
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The paper airplanes are a great idea. I leave for Bolivia this week and I can show my sponsor kids how to make them.When I was a kid paper airplanes were one of our favorite toys. Our Facebook page for the tour is Bolivia October 2015 Sponsor Tour. We get there this Saturday the 24th.
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That's awesome, William! I hope you guys have a good trip. I'm swooping up the airplane idea for sure. There's about to be some paper airplanes complete with stars and lightning bolt stickers on their way to Colombia and Ethiopia very soon.
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Hi! I am putting together some stickers and things for my sponsored child and I am wondering if I need to remove them from the original packaging/cellophane? I have some paper cut out flat ornament type things that are in a thin package with cellophane. Should I just take them out and leave them loose?


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Hi Beth! You are welcome to send any plastic wrapping that these stickers come in or place them in Ziploc bags. Please remember to place your child's ID number on each individual item, especially if you are taking them out of the wrapping. That way we know which child it was intended for, should the items be separated in transit. 
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Sounds good. Thank you! Now to figure out the best way to organize everything. In regards to the paper airplanes and such is everything all together in one envelope as long as the outer envelope does not exceed 1/4? I have photos, bandaids, postcards, stickers, coloring pages, cardboard cutouts and the Christmas card. Do I put it loose in the envelope I am using for mailing or how does everyone else organize these things? Thanks again


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Beth, just the stack of items needs to be no more than 1/4" thick. The outer envelope would not count towards the size limitations because we take everything out of the envelopes and place them in bundles going to your child's country. You are welcome to organize everything by placing the items in an envelope or Ziploc bag or stapling the items together. I know that some people use address labels, pre-printed with their child's number and their number to make labeling easy but you are also welcome to just write it on the envelope or baggie with a sharpie. 
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Susan thank you so much for your fast response. Now I can get everything organized as long as I can get the cat to move long enough..lol!  She is eager to see all the goodies I got to send to my child.
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Dollar stores are also getting to be a decent place to find some of this stuff.  I have found things like paper airplane kits, thin search-and-find activity books (like finding Waldo), and some really neat little cardboard-cut out animal models.  I send something a few times a year as a fun extra. 
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I think that coloring pages and stickers are fine for a 10-year old.

2 1/2 years ago I sponsored 3 boys ages 8 to 11 from Central America. At that time my own son was 9, and I found him to be very similar to the 2 oldest boys I sponsored, while the 8-year old seemed much younger. I send coloring pages very often. Sometimes I ask in my letters if they like to... (fill in the blank... read, draw, etc.). One of my boys likes to draw, and I sent him pages that show how to draw things step-by-step. Soccer is a big hit with all of my boys. The internet is a great place to find free coloring and other activity pages.

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