I'm trying to come up with some creative, interactive ways to keep in touch with my long-distance nieces/nephews. Talking on the phone is fine but you may know what it's like to try to talk to a 6 year old who's distracted or not really interested in focusing on a catch-up conversation with Auntie Iamanne!
I recently had a lot of fun with the Flat Stanley
project which was a classroom project of my nephew's (too much fun almost- I'm a graphic designer and really get into full creative mode with stuff like this!) I took my niece's teddy bear to Europe and did a similar project with it, photographing it on the train and at the Eiffel tower, etc, and writing a short story about its adventures. Regardless to say, the kids squealed with delight at receiving these packages in the mail. And now I'm hooked.
I'd like to start some kind of regular fun interactive project with the kids, perhaps on the educational side, and need some ideas.
So far I have these ideas:
• Mad Libs type thing where I send a postcard (or email) asking them to fill in words ("name an animal, name a color, etc" for the younger kids, "noun, verb, etc" for the older kids) and then I take their answers and plug them into a funny story.
• Crop in on a photo of a familiar thing and have them guess what it is
Any ideas for some fun long-distance projects/games I can do with 3 to 11 year old kids?