Use it to help your child improve skills in geography, math, map reading, and more.
First, suggest your child be a detective. Ask her to examine each piece of mail to find where it came from. She can search for a postmark, publisher, or return address. Or she can check the reply address on the literature inside.
Once your child pinpoints the place of origin, help her:
Locate that place on a map. If you want, make an enlarged copy of a U.S. map. Hang it up. Then use a dot or a pushpin to mark where the mail came from. See if more comes from certain areas.
Sort the mail using different criteria. Sort by state or regions of the country, such as southwest or northeast; by which ocean or mountain range the mailer’s address is closest to; by climate (desert, temperate, etc.); or by which major city or landmark it’s nearest.
Use the map to measure how far away that place is from your hometown. Which mail pieces traveled the farthest distance? The least?
Use a highway map to plan a pretend trip between two cities where mail originated. Measure the mileage between them. Calculate how much gas it would take to drive. Estimate how long it would take.
Plan a vacation to one of the cities. Go to the library to research interesting places to see or do on a visit. Use the Internet. Or write a letter requesting information from the local Visitor’s Bureau.
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