Ideas of what to send to a 15 yr old boy in Bolivia

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OK so I need ideas. I was just given a 15 yr old boy in Bolivia as a correspondence sponsor and I want to get a letter out asap (he hasn't had a letter in 4 yrs!). Problem is I do not know what to send with the letter and definitely want to send some extras. I know soccer is big in Bolivia so I will look into some Soccer trading cards hopefully with Bolivian athlete's as well as some from the US if I can find them. But that is about as far as my ideas go. Anyone have ideas on what to send teenage boys in general, and any sponsor's of boys in Bolivia have any suggestions?
Thanks for any suggestions!
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Folders are great, stickers, coloring pages, small books (the fit the requirements) puzzles all are great :)
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Jennifer

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I sent my little girl in Kenya stickers and stuff, I just am not really sure a 15 yr old would want that kind of stuff.
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Hello Jennifer,

Maybe you could write a letter about reading! Asking your new 15 year old child questions about reading. Like do you enjoy reading? What do you like to read? And share books or Bible verses you love reading! And to go with this special letter you could send some book mark's!!!!!

I shop at a Christian book store and I have found neat book mark's! Or you could get crafty and make you very own book mark or book marks.

I hope you like this idea!!!!!!!!

Cheyenne Moore
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Bookmarks are a good idea, especially ones with scripture on them. I think I'll be headed to Mardel's soon :)Thanks!
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Maybe while I'm there I can find a small devotional book for teens too.
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Hi Jennifer! I am so excited that you want to invest in him in such a meaningful and special way at this age in his life. These are all awesome ideas! :) You might want to check out our Pinterest board specifically with letter writing ideas for teens! You can visit this board, here.
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I just got assigned an 11 year old boy in Mexico so I was wondering the same thing. My church's child minister suggested christianbooks.com. They have materials in Spanish. There's a neat Bible that is formatted like comic strips that I think would appeal to teenagers. IYou can view it online along with a few videos. (If you don't speak Spanish, the Bible is also in English so you can check it out before deciding if you want to buy the Spanish version). I plan to get one and send him as many pages as I can at a time.
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There's also great ideas on pinterest - Second Friday of the Month Letter Writing Club for Compassion or a similar title for the group.
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I will check that website out. Unfortunately in my boys area of Bolivia, Spanish is not the main language but I can send him a couple pages at a time and the translator can translate it. I have searched and found websites for printable sudoku and mazes and compassion just pinned a place for printable board games too.
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I hadn't thought of that issue....I think it is Wycliffe that does Bible translations in a huge number of languages. I don't know if they have resources online, but that might be another source for you. ( I am already developing a huge appreciation for all that the Compassion translators do!) You are blessing your boy in whatever you send.
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I know I was just thinking the other day those poor translators! But thank God they do what they do!
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Try pictures of cars. Boys always like fancy cars :)
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I send my older teens mazes and Sudoku puzzles.
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That's a great idea. Thanks!
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Would mazes and sodoku puzzles be okay for a 13 and 14 year old as well?
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Hi Stephanie! I imagine mazes would work great for this age group! Good idea! The only thing with the Sudoku puzzles is that you would have to clearly explain how to do them. A bright young 13 or 14 year old might get it though! 
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I was planning on sending only easy ones.  How many do people normally send at a time? Do they include an "answer sheet"?
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Stephanie, I think that's' great! I hope she finds them fun and loves the challenge! :) The amount that you send is really up to you and how many you purchased. You can send just one if you'd like or you're welcome to send as many as you'd like as long as it fits the guidelines of being less than 1/4" thick when you mail it to us. If you wanted to send just a few the first time, that will be a fun activity for her to do and you can ask her how she likes it in your next letter. If she really enjoys them you can always send more! If you have an answer sheet, it might be a good idea to include that especially since Sudoku may be something she has never seen before and it would be helpful so that she knows she's done it correctly. 

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