Letter Ideas and Topics
No matter if you are sponsoring one child or 10, writing can be stressful and intimidating! Where do I start? What should I say? What can I include in my letters? As someone who has asked these questions, hopefully I can help!
What should I write about?
There are so many things you can write about! One of my strategies is creating ONE topic or idea each time I write. Whether that is about holidays you celebrate, places you’ve been or even your favorite food, your child will love anything you write! For example, if my topic is about my best friend, Grace, I can mention where she lives, what she loves to do and fun memories we have had together. I can then ask my sponsored child about their best friend!
Or if I am writing about an event, such as a wedding I went to, I can tell my child about the bride and groom, the foods we ate and how the cake was decorated. I could then ask my child about any wedding traditions their culture has. (If you want your sponsored child to answer a specific question of yours, you can highlight or number it in your letter.)
Here are some letter writing topic ideas!
- Members of your family — Who lives with you in your house? Are you married? Do you have siblings? Ask them about their family.
- Sports you like to play/watch — You can ask them what sports they like.
- Favorite family traditions — What do you do for birthdays/Thanksgiving/Easter? Ask them what they do on holidays in their country.
- What you are learning at school/your job — Ask them their favorite subject.
- The weather/seasons where you live — Ask them about their favorite/least favorite seasons/weather.
- Your favorite food — You can describe it and send a picture! And then ask them what their favorite is.
- Your hobbies — What do you like to do? Ask them what they like to do when they are not at school or doing chores.
- Bible stories — What is your favorite? Ask them theirs. (You can find coloring sheets online!)
- Scripture — What is your favorite Bible verse? Ask them theirs.
- Pets — If you don’t have a pet, what is your favorite animal? And you can ask them theirs.
- Your friends — You can describe them and how you met them! Ask them who their friends are.
- Events — Weddings, parties, sports games, church services, baby showers! You can ask them their favorite related traditions.
- Your favorite places — The beach, mountains or a vacation spot! Maybe it is a room in your house. You can ask them their favorite place.
- Birthdays! When is your birthday, and what do you do to celebrate? Ask them what they do!
- Christmas! What do you do for Christmas? Ask them what their family does.
Besides Christmas and Easter, I wanted to include a few more holidays you can use as ideas to write to your children:
- February is Valentine's Day! I will talk about God’s love for us and send them paper heart Valentines.
- In July, I will talk about the United States’ Independence Day and include a firework coloring sheet. I ask them about holidays specific to their countries too.
- September is back to school, so I can ask them about their school and what they are learning!
- November is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so I will talk about my family traditions and describe pumpkin pie.
Bonus Tip: You can research holidays in their country and ask about their traditions!
How often should I write?
Everyone has different time commitments, which can make finding a time to write difficult! I have found that designating a day each month helps me write more consistently. Or for others, responding instantly after receiving a letter helps them remember to always reply. I try to write every month. Maybe you write every two weeks or every two months. Just know, the more you write, the more letters you will receive.
(Remember, if you want your letter to arrive on time, you should send it a couple of months in advance.)
What to Include With Your Letter?