Stamp Collecting for Kids - A Summer FUN Unit Study



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Are you looking for some fun ways to keep the learning going over the summer?  Do you want something that is hands on, with an emphasis on FUN!  Have you ever thought of doing stamp collecting with your kids?  Below is an easy to do unit study centered around stamps.

Sometimes it's nice to have an indoor activity or two, when your kids are tired of playing outside, or for when it's just too hot to be outside. 

One day in June, when my now college sophomore was 9, she told me all about her friend's stamp collection. She marveled at it, and wanted to do one herself.

So I got on the computer and searched for some frugal resources for her.  And I found lots of them, and even some freebies.

So today, I'd like to share with you a simple and fun stamp activity and how we added in just a touch of geography and writing along the way. 

A SUMMER FUN UNIT STUDY
- STAMP COLLECTING -

My daughter's  stamp notebook.


First let's start with some frugal and free resources for stamp collecting.Where to get stamps

1.  Resources and How To's

Where to get stamps:

-Watch the mail, ask relatives to collect them, or even ask at homeschool groups for families to save them for you.

-Get a penpal for your child, and ask them to collect stamps for you.

-Resources for free stamps: 


The International Society for World Wide Stamp Collectors  has a program where they offer free stamps for kids up to age 17.  Send requests, along with your stamped self address envelope, asking for free stamps to:

ISWSC Internet Offer
Richard Rizzo (#2215)
18300 Winter Park Ct
Gaithersburg, MD 20879-4626 - USA
E-mail:poly76ce@gmail.com

- Get a stamp catalog for free at the Mystic Stamp Company.  Get Free Album Pages,from the Philatelic Society here, such as "A Stamp for Every Country", from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and 100's more!


To store your collection, you could use a shoebox, drawer, or a notebook.  We just used a notebook.  Then we got some heavy writing paper from the drug store, but you could get official stamp paper, if you want from the American Philatelic Society - for kids.


To preserve the stamps, just take the stamps off the paper by laying them in a shallow dish of water for a while and then peeling them of with tweezers. 

Then, to put them onto the pages, we just used glue, and that worked for us.  Or put them in the little envelopes on the official stamp pages, available from the American Philatelic Society - for kids. 

Next, we had fun doing some "stamp geography".

2.  Geography Stamp Activities 

Here's some of the simple things that we have done for stamp geography:

Look up where the stamps come from.  
Learn more about those places,  mark the places they came from on the map.  
Find them on a globe.  
My daughter collected stamps from the US and from foreign countries, but especially from China, as that was her birth country. 
Get a stamp from a foreign country, look up a recipe from that country, and have a stamp/collecting geography supper.  
One year we dressed up in authentic Chinese clothing, and make Chinese food.

Then we spent a little time writing about stamps.


3. Stamp Writing

Here's some simple "stamp writing" ideas:

Make a journal, out of a tablet.  
Wrote a bit about the new stamps.  
If your kiddos are just learning to write, they could color, then copy a few words into their journal about their stamp. 
Record the country or state that the stamp came from.  
For older kids, they might write a paragraph about the stamp's origin, or country, and still make time to color or draw a picture.

Finally, I'd like to share the benefits my daughter got from doing this activity....

4.  The Benefits of Stamp Collecting

Stamp Collecting gave my daughter a lot of practice in the following skills: 
  Organizational skills
Direction following practice
Visual perceptual skills
 Attention to detail 
Concentration skills

And the best part about it, she did not know that she was gaining these skills...She was just be having fun!

What other ways might you play with stamps this summer? Please feel free to share in the comments. 

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now rising college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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6 comments:

  1. Your daughter is so adorable! I love your ideas and tips for integrating stamp collecting into homeschooling :) It's great that you also provide resources to get free stamps for the kids!

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    1. Hi Lexi, and thanks! We had a lot of fun with stamps, when my daughter was little, but we ordered most of our stamps from the catalog mentioned above. I did not find out about the free ones until I wrote this post, lol. I hope you have a lot of fun stamp collecting! Have a good week,

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  2. This looks like a fun activity. :)

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  3. Thanks, Gentle Joy, for stopping by!

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  4. How fun! I've never been a stamp collector but I imagine my oldest would get a kick out of this. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. How wonderful, vkochis! My daughter got into it one year, and actually did it for about two years. We had a lot of fun with it as a family. Thanks for stopping to comment,

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