Letterboxing Party

February 17, 2009

Yesterday we had a letterboxing party to celebrate Noah's 6th Birthday (we waited a week so Adam could join in the fun!). We chose a park with several different trails and hid two boxes on opposites sides of the park. Inside each letterbox (plastic ziplock storage box): a stamp made by Noah, inkpads (washable ink for kids), and a small notebook. We also placed a note on top identifying it as a letterbox and asking that it remain hidden along with the link to this letterboxing site. We typed up easy to follow clues including points of interest along the trails.At the start of the party we gave each child a bag containing a small letterboxing book (blank spiral notebook) and a small stamp (found in the dollar bin at the local craft store). We divided the kids into two teams and handed out the clues. The kids (8 kindergarten classmates) did a great job of following the clues. It was fun to see how excited they were to find the boxes. After finding the boxes, stamping their books, and re-hiding the boxes; the teams switched and hunted for the box on the opposite side of the park. Playing in the woods, letterboxing, eating cake, playing some more, enjoying the sunshine....Noah woke up this morning and announced "that was the best birthday party ever!" And here are two more letterboxing links of interest: a great article about letterboxing and another source for finding local letterboxes.
Sam said...

This is such a brilliant idea! It looks great fun, and we'll have to try this too :-)

Dawn said...

This is awesome! Even better that Dad was there to join in the fun!
Great idea!
And thanks for including all of the details!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

What an awesome idea, so creative! I would love to photolink to this in an upcoming birthday party roundup if you didn't mind.

Welcome. said...

What great little gifts!

Thank you for coming to my blog and for the great recommendation for next time we go to Baltimore!

cococricketsmama said...

Wow! Looks like an awesome party!! I'll have to check out letterboxing. My girls would love it! We do lots of scavenger type stuff around here.

Amber Baker said...

Great idea! I will keep this in mind for when my kids get a little older.

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