Letter Writing for Kids: Fun Activities and Assignments

Do your students need practice in letter writing? You can use various in-class activities or homework assignments to help teach them this important skill. Read on for some kid-friendly suggestions for writing letters.

Find available tutors

Assigning Letter-Writing Activities in Your Classroom

Letter writing may not be as common as sending e-mail, but it's still a vital communication tool. Introduce various types of letter writing so students can practice crafting professional and persuasive letters, as well as friendly correspondence. Choose themes that are relevant to your students and that reinforce other subjects, such as letters to a historical figure who you're covering in a social studies unit.

Five Activities to Teach Letter Writing

Send a Letter to a Favorite Author

Ask your students to choose their favorite living author. Show them proper letter-writing form and help them write letters to the authors. Have them talk about the authors' books in their letters and provide thought-provoking analysis. You can post authors' responses on your classroom bulletin board.

Write to a Fictional Character

This activity may appeal to kids from kindergarten through 2nd grade. Read the picture book, The Jolly Postman: Or Other People's Letters by Janet Ahlberg, to your students. This book is comprised of letters to and from fairy tale characters. After reading the book, have your students write their own letters to fairy tale characters and create a classroom version of the book.

Exchange Penpal Letters

Since communication via e-mail has become so common, you may want to encourage your students to practice letter writing in this form. Coordinate with a teacher in another state or country and set up an e-mail penpal exchange. Students can do the e-mail exchanges either in class or at home. They may appreciate learning about other kids their age and practice important writing skills.

Write for a Cause

To get your students to practice persuasive letter writing, ask them to make up a charity and write a letter from the perspective of someone working with the charity. Their letters must effectively convince the public to send in donations. You may want to bring in examples of these types of letters to show the class.

Compose a Note to Themselves

Ask your students to write a letter to the person they'll be 10-15 years from now. Encourage them to make predictions about what their lives will be like in the future and to ask questions in their letters. Consider including the letters in a time capsule of currently popular objects to be opened at a future date.

If you have a class of older students, you might also ask them to write a letter to the person they were five years ago. Prompt your students to give their younger selves advice on what to expect in school.

Did you find this useful? If so, please let others know!

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

  • More Blog Articles
    Letter Writing Tips and Ideas

    Lots of teachers create letter writing assignments or implement pen pal programs. If you are required to write letters, but are struggling with it, read on to learn how to make writing letters fun.

  • More Blog Articles
    Is Less Writing a Good Thing for Your Student?

    Everywhere you look there seems to be some sort of educational reform being proposed, implemented or suggested. In many cases reform is intended to be for the better, but a recent bill being sponsored in Washington state calls for doing away with statewide writing assessments. Is less writing necessarily a good thing?

We Found 7 Tutors You Might Be Interested In

Huntington Learning

  • What Huntington Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • One on one tutoring
  • Every Huntington tutor is certified and trained extensively on the most effective teaching methods
In-Center and Online


  • What K12 offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools
  • AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management
Online Only

Kaplan Kids

  • What Kaplan Kids offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Customized learning plans
  • Real-Time Progress Reports track your child's progress
Online Only


  • What Kumon offers:
  • In-center tutoring
  • Individualized programs for your child
  • Helps your child develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance
In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

  • What Sylvan Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • Sylvan tutors are certified teachers who provide personalized instruction
  • Regular assessment and progress reports
In-Home, In-Center and Online

Tutor Doctor

  • What Tutor Doctor offers:
  • In-Home tutoring
  • One on one attention by the tutor
  • Develops personlized programs by working with your child's existing homework
In-Home Only


  • What TutorVista offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Student works one-on-one with a professional tutor
  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
Online Only

Our Commitment to You

  • Free Help from Teachers

  • Free Learning Materials

  • Helping Disadvantaged Youth