Getting Kids Started Collecting Stamps
Kids love collecting things. Some kids collect matchbox cars, some dolls, some rocks, I know of one who has even collected tuber bands! Kids simply love to collect things. Why not help them collect something that is fun, can grow with them into a lifelong hobby and love, and may even increase in value. That something is STAMPS! It is very easy to get the children that you know started and involved. It can be an excellent hobby that long distance grandparents can share with kids of all ages. Here are just a couple ideas to help you to get started.
First, decide together what you want to collect. Do they want to collect stamps from a certain country, stamps on a certain topic like collie dog stamps, maybe even stamps featuring a cartoon character like Mickey Mouse? Chose something to collect that they will like.
Second, help them with the supplies. There is something that kids just love about a collection and that is the tools to help look at it or to help it grow. I recommend that you purchase for them, stamp tongs, a catalog book with lots of stamp photos, and a stock collection book as well as some extra glassine envelopes. Then start them off with 10 stamps or so on their topic.
Third, keep it going. Make time to send them stamps to add to their collection on a regular basis. On our website, we have all the new issues and a super search engine that you can use to search the new issues and special items we have so that if your child or grandchild is collecting kitten stamps, you can send them links via email and let them choose which ones you will buy and have shipped direct to their door.
Four, share the excitement. Sometimes a long distance grandparent has a hard time knowing what to talk about with a grandchild that they do not see frequently. What a great ice breaker to call and say did you get the new kitten stamps that I sent to you? Are you ready to choose some more? Have you put them in your stock book? Do you want me to come over and help you get them organized?
Stamp collecting is really great fun for kids, parents, and grandparents. Why don't you take some time and invest it in helping the children that you know learn a hobby that may just catch their imagination for years to come, but it all depends on you and your involvement. Go ahead, now's the time to get started!