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05-01-2008, 01:50 PM
I've just had an idea (inspired by Buttercup's exploits!).

Does anyone think it would be a good idea for us to get together and organise penpals from different childminding settings?

I don't really have any children older than 2 but my son (2.5) would find it fun getting letters - and me sending them! Ha ha! He could enclose photos or drawings or whatever!

They could write to each other about what they're doing and where they've been, toys they like, books their reading, their schools - all of the normal penpal things!

Could do it as individuals or as the setting.

I think it's a good idea but don't worry if you all think it's rubbish! He he!

05-01-2008, 01:53 PM
Sounds fun Lorri, count us in!

05-01-2008, 02:11 PM
Oh I love that idea Lorri - I'm in too

Emler x

05-01-2008, 02:20 PM
that sounds like a great idea lorri. the kids would love to hear what it's like living in different parts of the country.

what an inspriational idea!!!!!!

05-01-2008, 02:27 PM
great idea. I'd probably want to do it as a setting.

05-01-2008, 02:32 PM
Yep great idea.

05-01-2008, 02:33 PM
Sounds good.

I too would do it as a setting & involve my own kids as my mindee is only 7 months old, but please count us in.

05-01-2008, 02:36 PM
I'm amazed, I thought everyone would think it a stupid idea!

Okay, well, what about if we all do it as settings and if we have a deadline date of when to say you want to do it on this thread and then I could get all the names together and draw out of a hat and pass the name of who you get on to each person and you can swap addresses between yourselves.

Does that make sense?

Is that okay Pauline? If so, I'll put a deadline date on later.

05-01-2008, 02:38 PM
That would be great Lorri Thanx.

05-01-2008, 02:39 PM
Sounds fab Lorri - thanks

Emler x

05-01-2008, 02:40 PM
thanks lorri, were in!

05-01-2008, 03:13 PM
thanks lorri
sound a good idea we'll join

athy and rachel

05-01-2008, 03:28 PM
Okay, Pauline she say YES!

So, I will put a deadline down for next Friday, 11th January so I can sort it out over the weekend.

Anyone interested just add your name to this thread and I'll pm people with their penpal's name next weekend all being well and you can exchange addresses between yourselves!

How exciting!!!!!

05-01-2008, 04:30 PM
sounds great:clapping:

05-01-2008, 05:29 PM
Sounds a good idea Lorri count me in

Angel xx

05-01-2008, 06:20 PM
Great idea.....were in :clapping: yay x

05-01-2008, 06:22 PM
Just caught up with this, sounds like a great idea.

Count me in!

05-01-2008, 06:29 PM
That sounds like a great idea Lorri:D

I would like to do it as a setting though just in case of funny parents (you know what some can be like) my dd and ds would love it! I could even pin point whoever out on the map, Ofstead would like this too

TOP IDEA:clapping:

05-01-2008, 07:03 PM
Sounds a brill idea. I would love to join in. Sue x

05-01-2008, 07:06 PM
Me too....!

05-01-2008, 07:13 PM
and me

amanda xx

05-01-2008, 07:27 PM
Count us in.

Great idea

Carol xx

Tily Bud
05-01-2008, 08:07 PM
Count me in xxx

Cheryl x

05-01-2008, 09:08 PM
count me in too.

when i was a rainbow guide leader we used to have penpals in ireland and it was lovely swapping letters, photos and ideas.

Jen x

Cammie Doodle
05-01-2008, 09:42 PM
Us Too June and Carolyn

05-01-2008, 09:55 PM

I know Im still a "newbie" but I would love to join in too if thats ok?

Sounds like a brilliant idea!



05-01-2008, 11:08 PM
Wow Lorri, U brainbox!

Wonderful idea. Kiddies love getting letters through the post and Ofsted would like it too...
Count me in when I have some kids though, Hehe!

06-01-2008, 05:12 AM
Anyone can join in Debbie

Looks like you are on to a winner here Lorri well done

Angel xx

06-01-2008, 08:42 AM
Yes, everyone's welcome to join - even newbies - ha ha!

I would just say that if you don't think you will ever get round to writing then please don't join as it will be a real disappointment to your recipients. I would be gutted not to receive letters so for a child to get all excited about getting a return letter and then nothing arrives it would be really upsetting!

Also, when I give you the name of your penpal partner next weekend it would be a good idea if you sort out between yourselves who is going to write first otherwise each could assume it's the other and everyone will end up with very long waits! Ha ha!

I'm really excited about this! Can't wait to get going!

06-01-2008, 10:53 AM
would love to jon in too Lorri xxx

Brilliant idea :clapping:

06-01-2008, 01:11 PM
Can we write to as many as we like or do we just have to stay in contact with one person

Some of my children are a little older and I know they would love to know what everyone does all over the country

I did join something like this a few years back on ukchildminders but only ever received one letter

So I agree with you Lorri only join this if you are going to reply etc

Angel xx

06-01-2008, 02:40 PM
Oh blimey! Going to get complicated if people want more than one!

How about we start with one each and see how it goes and then in a couple of months we could always 'advertise' for additional ones if it seems to be working okay or people could let me know when they want a new one and I'll keep some kind of note so I can match up when someone else wants one?

I don't know - getting confused now! Ha ha! Doesn't take much!

06-01-2008, 02:54 PM
Perhaps we could have a 'Penpal wanted' area on the forum, where we could post ourselves? Dont know weather it would work?

06-01-2008, 03:46 PM
Well you need to think of an easy way to do this so you are not bogged down with it all Lorri

Angel xx

07-01-2008, 01:04 PM
What a brill idea!!!
I remember doing that when I was 5 with my teacher and our penpals were disabled children and it was great!!!
I do not have children yet but would love to be part of it with my daughter if it is ok.
Thank you for organising it Lorri!

07-01-2008, 01:07 PM
I can't wait to find out who we will be writing to, its so exciting, like xmas all over again!!!

07-01-2008, 07:08 PM
ME TOO :clapping:

08-01-2008, 08:19 PM
Hi, my little girl would love a penpal

love Elaine XXX

jo f
08-01-2008, 08:44 PM
Yes please! What a good idea!!! Just tell me what to do next!:clapping:

08-01-2008, 10:34 PM
Hi Jo F - just wait for me to pm you at the weekend with your penpal and you have to then pm them to arrange it / swap addresses etc. Easy as that!

09-01-2008, 09:59 AM
This sounds really good we would love to join in.:laughing:

09-01-2008, 01:45 PM
I said yes at the beginning but just saying yes again incase you forget about me!!

Son xx

09-01-2008, 02:26 PM
I won't forget you!

You're obviously very keen!

10-01-2008, 10:36 AM
Hi i am definatly up for this i have a 7 yr old boy and a 10 year old boy.

10-01-2008, 07:50 PM
If anyone else wants to join this, you have only got one day left before the deadline of midnight tomorrow (Friday) so please add yourself to this thread asap as long as you really do intend to keep up with the penpal correspondence.

Thank you!

10-01-2008, 08:26 PM
Hi Lorri,
Count me in too. The kids will love it:) Not been on forum for what feels like ages (about a week!!!) got loads to catch up with!

Carole xx

12-01-2008, 01:29 PM
I am going to be doing this tonight so this is the last chance to put your name down if you want to join in the Penpals of the Forum at this point!

I need one more setting as I've got an odd number at the mo, if not, I will just be greedy and write to two settings! He he!

I will be sorting this out from 7pm tonight.

12-01-2008, 01:56 PM
I am going to be doing this tonight so this is the last chance to put your name down if you want to join in the Penpals of the Forum at this point!

I need one more setting as I've got an odd number at the mo, if not, I will just be greedy and write to two settings! He he!

I will be sorting this out from 7pm tonight.

have you got me down Lorri ?


12-01-2008, 02:23 PM
Yep, you're on my list Susan!

12-01-2008, 03:21 PM
thanks Lorri xxx

12-01-2008, 03:24 PM
How many are on the list Lorri?


12-01-2008, 05:15 PM
If you still have a odd number i would love to it but if your filled up at moment i'll tag along at another time


12-01-2008, 06:29 PM
I'll add you on Angela!

I've had to send a couple of pm's re. queries I've got so I'll have to wait for the replies until I get this sorted out so it probably won't be tonight now but I'll do it ASAP because I'm really excited!!!!!

It doesn't matter if we have an odd number because I'm happy to write to two settings, in fact, I'm more than happy to!

12-01-2008, 10:53 PM
thanks for sorting this out lorri - you're a star!

12-01-2008, 10:57 PM
I'm going to make one of those signs that you see when you enter a town!! It always says "twinned with" doesn't it?

amanda xx

12-01-2008, 10:59 PM
good idea Amanda!!

12-01-2008, 11:00 PM
I'm going to make one of those signs that you see when you enter a town!! It always says "twinned with" doesn't it?

amanda xx

Fab idea Amanda xxxx

13-01-2008, 12:32 AM
I hope I'm down for this! i was the first to reply! but the kids would love it!
Thanks Lorri x

13-01-2008, 08:05 AM
i like the twinned with idea :idea:

i'm going to dislay the most recent reply we get in my play room!!!!!

13-01-2008, 04:06 PM
I have sent all of the pm's out to say who everyone has as a penpal now so if you haven't received one please let me know.

Took ages to do because I was whizzing through them and suddenly realised that only every other one was being sent because you can only send a pm once every 60 seconds so had to go through and do the missing ones again!!

Anyway! Hope everyone's happy with who they got and will write to each other!

13-01-2008, 09:35 PM
thanks for all your hard work Lorri :)

Angela and I are looking forward to been penpals :)


13-01-2008, 10:26 PM
thank you lorri for ALL your hard work

:clapping: :laughing: :clapping: :laughing: :clapping:

13-01-2008, 10:30 PM
Thanks Lorri

And we got you.

Carol xx