Bookbug Detective: What to do with the Bookbug Pirate Postcards

Pirate Pack postcard
Category: Bookbug

My 3-year-old son received four lovely postcards in his Bookbug Pirate Bag, but we’re not really sure what to do with them. Could you give us some ideas?

Thank you so much for your question. I’m really glad you like the postcards in the Pirate Bag but can understand why you’re at a loss as to what to do with them. In this day and age of email, social media and Skype, postcards and letter writing have definitely fallen out of favour.

But here at Bookbug we think it’s important to include something like this within our book bags that encourages early mark making in a fun way. It’s also a great way for a child to learn the format of letter writing – where to write the address etc. There’s something so lovely (in my opinion) about writing a letter or postcard to someone that is lost in the technological alternatives.

I’ve included a few ideas below of things you could do with the postcards:

There’s something so lovely about writing a letter or postcard to someone that is lost in the technological alternatives

  • Write or draw in the postcard and send it to someone you know e.g. a friend, grandparent, sibling. You don’t have to be on holiday to write a postcard – you could do it at any time.
  • If you don’t want to actually put a stamp on it and post it, you could draw your own stamp and send it to a cuddly toy, or even yourself. Or you could swap them with friends.
  • Each postcard links to one of the books in the bag – you could play a wee game and find the matching picture inside the books.
  • As the images are almost works of art in themselves, you could pop them on the fridge or the wall or use them as bookmarks.
  • Once your child has used the postcards in the Pirate bag, why not make their own? You can find easy templates online for this.
  • You could make visiting the post office part of the experience – a great opportunity for lots of discussion around the whole process of sending a letter.

And if you wanted to explore the theme further, here are some picture books that feature postcards or letter writing:

You don’t have to be on holiday to write a postcard – you could do it at any time.

  • The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg – hours of fun to be had with this classic. Includes little envelopes with letters and cards to look at within.
  • Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett – Meerkat longs for a bit of space so goes off travelling, sending letters along the way. This book looks like a parcel and children will love exploring it and following his journey.
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell – an absolute classic that every child should own. Children will love lifting the flaps to discover which animal’s been sent a letter.
  • Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival – a lovely story about friendship and keeping in touch via letter writing.
  • Love From Louisa by Simon Puttock – Louisa is a letter-writing pig! Enough said!
  • Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada – all the characters (familiar story book characters) in this book write letters to each other.
  • Dear Greenpeace by Simon James - worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily writes to Greenpeace.
  • Katie Morag Delivers the Mail by Mairi Hedderwick – everyone’s favourite islander sorts out everyone’s mail, with a little help from Granny Island and her tractor.
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – this hilarious picture book tells the story of a box of crayons. It’ll have children playing with their crayons in a completely new way.