This spring our family made a very big move from the deep south of Louisiana to the beautiful woods of New England. We are a Coast Guard family, and we move like this every three years or so. While this kind of adventuring is usually fun for little ones, it gets harder as they grow and make very special friends that must be told goodbye.
This last move was especially tough on my ten-year-old daughter, who was sorely missing her little pal who was now a very long 1600 miles away. One day this funny little tube arrived in the mail with all sorts of little bits and pieces and a sweet little note. It was from her very good friend, and it was exactly the thing she needed to lift her spirits.
Since then, we have since been sending these little tubes all over. They are small, easy to fill with the kind of goods that kids love to swap, and they are made from recycled materials that we all have readily available. But really, the magic is in getting mail. A small package, bits of love from someone you care about, is good for the heart.
My daughter and I put together a little tutorial for you on how we make them. They are so simple; we hope you’ll send some off to someone you miss too. Kids and grown ups alike!
toilet paper tubes
plain paper that is blank on one side
Fill your recycled tube full of goodies. We have sent items found in nature, treats, stickers, legos, and all sorts of things. It is a great opportunity to send friendship bracelets, artwork, or small handmade items your child has created.
Roll the tube up in paper. Secure with a piece of tape. Push the sides into each hole & secure with more tape. Two sets of hands make this part easier. Address and mail away!
Stephinie Miner is a mama, writer, local foodie and creative soul. she shares bits of family life and food on her blog gypsy forest. Do swing by for a visit.