Writing a letter to Santa is a common holiday task that many kids love doing. Have you ever thought of how such a common and simple activity could be so beneficial? This post will discuss how optimizing a fun activity (like writing a letter Santa) will help your kids in specific writing areas.

Did you know that kids can actually receive a letter back from the “NORTH POLE”? Read how at the bottom of this post!

Writing is another essential skill when it comes to a child’s success. Such an important skill can be quite a tall task when it comes to teaching kids how to write properly.

For example, my first years of teaching I was very surprised at how many 3rd and 4th grade students didn’t know how to write on LINED PAPER correctly!

Take advantage of the yearly “letter to Santa” by teaching your young ones the fundamentals of writing a letter.

By doing so your child will benefit in MANY ways including:

  • knowing how to use lined paper!
  • how to greet the recipient (Dear Santa,)
  • how to correctly write the date?
  • where to put the date?
  • how to write an address?
  • where to put the address?
  • how to end a letter?
  • what is p.s?
  • what goes on the envelope?
  • where to put what on the envelope?

Writing for Kids of ALL Ages

Toddlers

Although toddlers can’t typically write. Being able to help write for them can be just as effective. This could increase their vocabulary as they are still learning new words. You can have them draw a picture to Santa instead as well. Just be creative and make it FUN!

Junior Kids (Grades K-2)

This activity is perfect for kids this age. Many junior kids are just starting to learn how to write. Creating a letter to Santa will help them practice forming sentences, using new vocabulary words, spelling correctly, and using proper punctuation.

Senior Kids (Grades 3-5)

Writing a letter to Santa can help senior kids improve their letter writing skills that they have probably practiced before. Make sure to have the senior kids follow the specific steps of writing a proper letter. Have them write on the envelope as well. These skills will come in handy as they get older.

Be sure to check out the other activities I have for kids of all ages HERE!

How To Write a Letter

Writing on Lined Paper

1. Simply use lined paper or Download and print the pdf Letter to Santa.

I made 3 different types of letters for various ages!

Toddlers (Picture)
Junior Kids (Includes Greeting)
Senior Kids (Completely Blank)

Download 3 FREE PDF’s HERE!

(Junior Kids Version)

The Date

2. The date should be placed on the top line all the way to the left. The date could be written two different ways including Month Day, Year or Day Month Year. Grammatically both ways are acceptable, however, I prefer the first. Make sure the comma is put after the Day when following the first format.

Example in bold:

December 1, 2019

Dear Santa,

Thank you so much for… This year I am asking for… etc. etc.

The Greeting or Salutation

3. Skip a line after the date and make sure to place your greeting to the recipient all the way to the left. Also, be sure to place a comma after the greeting. Many kids tend forget the comma!

Example in bold:

December 1, 2019

Dear Santa,

Thank you so much for… This year I am asking for… etc. etc.

Body of the Letter

4. Skip a line and start the body of your letter all the way to the left. It’s a good idea to have your child start with a little introduction instead of skipping straight to listing what they want. For example, have them thank or compliment Santa.

Example in bold:

December 1, 2019

Dear Santa,

Thank you so much for… This year I am asking for… etc. etc.

Ending the Letter

5. When ending the letter make sure to always place a complementary ending two lines underneath the closing paragraph of the body. The most common complementary ending is “Sincerely,”. Make sure that the comma is placed after the complementary ending. Skip a line and write the signature of the sender!

Other complementary closings include:

  • Sincerely,
  • Yours truly,
  • Best regards,
  • Best wishes,
  • Respectfully,
  • With thanks,

Example in bold:

Santa Claus 4141 Postmark Dr. Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

December 1, 2019

Dear Santa,

Thank you so much for… This year I am asking for… etc. etc.

Sincerely,

Little Timmy

What Does P.S. Mean?

6. P.S. stands for Postscript. After writing the entire letter the author can choose to add on to the end of the letter by leading with P.S. Usually formal letters do not include P.S. at the end, but kids LOVE to add an extra bit of information.

Example in bold:

December 1, 2019

Dear Santa,

Thank you so much for… This year I am asking for… etc. etc.

Sincerely,

Little Timmy

P.S. Tell Rudolph I said hi!

The Envelope

6. Because of the advancements of technology we hardly find ourselves sending physical mail. However, it is still a great skill everyone should know how to do.

In order to send a letter there are certain things you need to write.

In the upper left corner of the envelope the sender should include his/her Name and Address.

Example:

Little Timmy
455 Cotton Candy Ln.
Corona, CA 92877

In the center of the envelope write the Name and Address of the person who will receive the letter.

Example:

Santa Claus
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
POSTMASTER
4141 Postmark Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

In the top right corner of the envelope would be a post office STAMP. Currencies change around the world so be sure to include the correct stamp!

Getting a Letter back from Santa

Did you know that kids can actually write a letter to Santa and have it returned to them with a stamp from the “NORTH POLE”? This is a perfect FAMILY TRADITION!

If you were wondering why I included the Anchorage, Alaska address… this is where I got it from!

You can read how by clicking HERE!

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