The preschool postcard exchange factory

The preschool postcard exchange factory

As many of you know, we are having a postcard exchange.  Because I put my school on each list of the exchange, I slightly over-committed my kids to the post card making process.  So we have been making postcards like crazy to keep up. I just sent out my fourth batch of postcards today and in each batch there are at least 35 cards so that means that to date, we have sent out 140 postcards!

We have used a variety of methods to decorate our postcards including dot painting. These postcards come in full sheets that are meant for the printer.  We painted the entire sheet of postcards and then we tore them apart and added our labels and stamps…

On another set of postcards, we used our hands and fingers to make leaf prints on our postcards…

We got a little carried away with this. We started with just fingers but ended up using our whole hands to make prints…

The whole hand actually turned out pretty good!

On another set of postcards, we used ink stamps and ink to make prints on our postcards…

And on another day, we used our salad spinner to add a little spin art to our postcards…

When we receive a postcard, we read the note on the card together first and then we look at the world map to see where the postcard comes from.  Most of them come from the United States but we have also received some from Australia, Canada, Africa, England, UK, France, and Indonesia…

The postcards we have received are all different. Some classes have sent us letters in an envelope. Others have sent us postcards with their class photo on it.  Others have sent postcards with photos of state or country symbols, and others have added a drawing made by a child in their class. This was the very first postcard we received…

This is one of the first drawings we received in the mail…

To keep our postcards organized, I made this display board. It sits out all the time and at the top of the board is where all the postcards are kept.  The children can take the cards out and look at them anytime they wish…

The dots on the board identify where the cards come from. There are blue dots on all the cards from the US.  Because we are sending cards to all 300 people who are in the exchange, we are receiving way more that what would normally be received in an exchange such as this…

We also have a mailbox that I made to put new cards in as they arrive.  Miss Abby will choose someone to come and check the mail and then she will read the postcards to the entire group.  Miss Abby also sings a song with the kids about checking the mail.  I don’t know the song but I think it is from Blues Clues.  They pretty much end up shouting by the end of the song…

Our mailbox is simply a cereal box covered with red contact paper with a flap for it to open and close…

I have to say that doing a postcard exchange has to be one of the best ways to promote conversation and terms in geography. I don’t think I have ever been able to keep kids this interested in a map of the world as they are through this exchange.

I have received several emails from people telling me that they are enjoying the exchange but I have also received emails from folks telling me they are not getting as many postcards as they have hoped for.  I sure hope you all are sending out those cards. Even if you are running behind – just jump in there and send them out to the people on your list.  We have sent out postcards to everyone who is in a red, blue, green, and orange group.  In December we will send out our yellow group cards and keep going each month until we have sent out a card to every one in each group….

If you have any problems, just drop me an email and let me see if there is something I can do to help but the reality is, it takes everyone to do their part. Our class has managed to send out 145 postcards so far and that is way more than anyone else is being asked to send so I know you can do it too!  We are counting on everyone to participate and I hope you do.  Thank you so much for those who have sent us a postcard. Our class is being truly enriched by this experience and we appreciate you thinking of us.


Links from others in the Postcard Exchange

Males in Early Childhood

Make, Do & Friend

Last Year’s Exchange

Child Central Station




  • EllenM Posted November 9, 2011 6:03 am

    I am so jealous of all that you are doing/getting…. I must admit, I am one of those that is sort of disappointed with how this is going so far. Our class has mailed out 10 and we’re getting ready to mail out our next 5 for this month and we have only received TWO! 🙁 I am a little bummed. I set a board similar to yours, but think I might alter it a bit… love your idea to make the post cards available for children to view, etc. I am currently just tacking them to the board with the map. Thanks for the ideas and all the hard work to put this together… hopefully in the months to come, we’ll start getting more cards.

  • Lisa Posted November 9, 2011 6:19 am

    I love your board with the pockets for all the cards! We have ours set up a bit similar. I have the cards clothespinned to the top of our US map and we put a star sticker on the map of the locations we’ve received. We’ve only received 4 so far, although ours were a few days late that we mailed out (we’ve mailed out September and October so far).

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 9, 2011 7:09 am

    I am disappointed for you too but hopefully we can everyone motivated to get their cards sent out as promised! I did get notice that many folks were running late on getting theirs out so maybe they will catch up! Here’s keeping my finger crossed for you!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 9, 2011 7:10 am

    I love the idea of adding stars to the map!! Here’s to lots more postcards coming your way! Let’s hope for the best:)

  • Amber Posted November 9, 2011 7:46 am

    I wonder if EllenM is in my group. I’m also very dissappointed. We’ve mailed out 15 and have had 2 in return. The kids were so excited about this, as I was, and really now they don’t expect anything in the mailbox. We get a little learning in when we send out the cards but wow…I’m dissappointed in those people who signed up and chose not to notify you that they aren’t participating. Not respectful to you, for you put so much time into organzing this and not respectful for those of us that are participating.

  • Ellen M Posted November 9, 2011 8:05 am

    Even though it does not make me “happy” to know others are going through what I am, I am still “glad” to know I’m not the only one. I purchased some “map tacks” from the office supply store and we put one on the map for each post card received. Just revisited my board before the students arrived and I’m making it so they can look at the post cards whenever they choose to. 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 9, 2011 8:39 am

    Hopefully we can get them motivated because I know many of you are really jumping in there and getting the cards sent out! I don’t want you to be so disappointed.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 9, 2011 10:36 am

    That’s wonderful Ellen – thank you for hanging in there and making the experience fun for your kids!

  • Erin Arcaro Posted November 10, 2011 4:19 pm

    The very first postcard you receive was from my class! I’m going to show this post to the little girl who drew the picture we we come back to school on Monday. She will be so excited!
    Like many others, my class has sent out lots of postcards and have only gotten 3 in return. They were so excited about getting (especially the one from China!) and sending the cards but are now just ho hum about the whole thing. One child even stated that the mailman doesn’t like us so why should we send out anymore mail.
    I’m hoping that by showing them the picture of the postcard we sent to you will spark some more interest.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 10, 2011 7:32 pm

    That is such a bummer to hear. I sure hope that folks will get those postcards out because I know the mailman would love to bring them to your class!!! Our class LOVED the drawing on that postcard – it is just precious and very creative. I wish I could draw that good! Thank you so much for sending us a card and I hope you get ours soon. We will continue to send them out over the next few months.

  • Charlotte @ MakeDoAndFriend Posted November 13, 2011 4:12 am

    We have received only three so far (one from Miss Abby’s class!) too – I was blaming international postage as it seems nearly all of ours are coming from US this month!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

  • Patricia Policastro Posted December 19, 2011 7:46 am

    UGH!!! The preschool I work in is a learning lab for High School Students so I have been assigning the student teachers this job. They have completed November & December but then I found out that they just left them on the school secretary’s desk & she never mailed them as she did not know what it was about!!! I AM SO SORRY!!!! November & December will be going out this week. From now on I will have them put them on MY desk!!!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 19, 2011 8:01 am

    Haha – No worries Patricia:) The will be will still be fun to receive, even late:)

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