Writing a letter to a favorite Disney character is a great way to motivate a child who struggles with handwriting to practice those ABCs. With the promise of a return letter from Mickey, Donald, Buzz Lightyear, or Cinderella, kids will rush to get out the pen and paper.
Writing this letter to Olaf from Frozen was even more exciting for my son than putting together the pop up book we made and this past weekend!
If you child is also dancing and singing the songs from Frozen, they may want to write to one of that movie's characters. Whichever character they choose, kids can write to a Disney character and Disney will send a return postcard! I knew immediately that my 5-year-old would love to write a letter to Olaf. (Olaf is the snowman, in case you are one of the 15 people who has yet to see the movie.)
If your child is still a pre-reader but knows his alphabet, have them dictate the letter to you, and then model the letters on a separate piece of paper. My son copied out the letter in his own handwriting. He drew a little snowman at the bottom and signed the letter.
When handwriting is still under development the goal is to make writing and enjoyable experience and to show that writing serves a purpose. For this activity, there is no need to correct handwriting mistakes. Allow your child to take ownership of their writing, to build their self-confidence.
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My absolute favorite resource for playful writing ideas for kids of all ages is The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories. If you support your child's writing development at home, this is a must for your bookshelf.
Address for Letter to Disney Character
To send your letter to Disney and get a standard postcard in return, address the envelope to:
Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040