There’s nothing like putting pen to paper and writing a good old-fashioned letter! Just ask anyone on the receiving end...
And whether it’s a teacher, the Prime Minister or Captain Marvel, whoever you or your children look up to, writing a letter to your hero is a great way to show them you care, plus, it’s bound to get your creativity flowing! We know it might have been a while since you wrote and sent a letter, hence why we’ve put this super handy guide together. Plus, if you’re looking for a few extra tips on how to get your little ones engaged and excited to write letters, check out or blog on how to master the art of letter writing here.
How Can I Get Started?
1) Gather all of your equipment - to get started with letter writing, it’s important to have all the correct equipment to hand. All you need is paper, an envelope, stamps and of course, your creativity! You might even want to print off a few pictures of yourself and your family and include them in the letter - that way, your hero can get a good idea of what you look like! Or you might want to draw a picture of yourself or do some colouring and include that - that way, it’s a nice little gift too! Or if you're feeling super creative, you might even want to draw a picture of your hero and send that off…
2) Structure is key - everyone knows the key to a good letter lies in the structure. Follow this structure: Date and Address in the top-right hand corner, The Greeting (‘Dear …’ or ‘To whom it may concern’ for more formal letters and ‘To’ and ‘Dear’ for less formal), Body of The Letter (the good stuff) and finally, Closing (Yours Sincerely or Best Wishes), and you simply can’t go wrong! It might seem a little outdated but letter traditions are super special and that’s what makes them so unique and fun.
3) Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm - if you’re anything like us, you’ll have so many different heroes to choose from! We recommend getting the whole family together and writing a list of who you’d like to write to and what you’d like to say to them. If you would like to write a letter to the Prime Minister, for example, it might be wise to jot down some sentences that you’d like to address in your letter. It’s bound to get your children thinking and asking some super interesting questions!
What Sorts Of Things Can I Write In My Letter?
1) Introduce yourself! First things first, everyone needs an introduction. Tell your hero a little bit about yourself - your name, age, favourite food, hobbies, you name it! Maybe when you grow up you want to be just like them - tell them what stage of education you’re in and what your plans are for the future. Or perhaps you listen to their music every day on repeat - tell them what your favourite song of theirs is! Or if you’re writing to a superhero, you could even write about yourself as though you were a superhero. And speaking of superheroes, check out our top tips for designing your own superhero, as well as some serious inspiration for making and creating them from scratch here!
2) Tell your hero how you found out about them!
Maybe you’ve watched them on television for years, listen to their music every day in the car or simply admire them for their everyday job - however you found out about your hero, make sure to tell them! Especially if they are from a different country - how epic would it feel knowing that someone admires you from afar? Perhaps they wrote your favourite book - explain when you read it, what your favourite part was and why. Or maybe they manufacture your favourite food - what’s your favourite flavour and why, if you could create your own food to put on the menu, what would it be? The sky is truly the limit.
3) What do you like about them?
There’s no doubting that everyone’s heroes are super inspiring but the real question is how and why. What do you like about them and why? Perhaps they cheer you up on a sad day, inspire you to keep fit and be more active or maybe they inspire you to be the best version of yourself and help others… Whatever and however they inspire you, make sure to tell them! Plus, it’s a great way for children to expand their vocabularies - instead of using the same adjectives such as inspiring, amazing and good, encourage them to use the Thesaurus and learn some new describing words!
4) Do you have any questions for them?
Last of all, you might want to consider asking them some questions! Whether you want to know your superhero’s favourite food or what the Prime Minister thinks of climate change; you know what they say, if you don’t ask you don’t get! Or perhaps you’re seeking some advice? The best thing to do is to jot down how you’re feeling and your concerns and hopefully, they’ll get back to you with some super inspirational stuff!
Who Can I Write To (and hopefully get a response!):
1) Royals - Ahem, ahem… Calling all Royal fans! How about writing to the Queen herself? Or perhaps you’ve been inspired by Meghan Markle? Or maybe you just want to know if Prince William watches Britain’s Got Talent! Write in your neatest handwriting to Buckingham Palace on this address below:
Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
2) Prime Minister - Do your kids have an eager interest in politics? Why not write to our very own Prime Minister who is working super hard during these testing times. Perhaps you’d like to thank him for leading the country or even congratulate him on his new baby! Or if you’re feeling brave, why not write some suggestions for leading the country - for example, on one day every year, everyone has to wear fancy dress! You can write to him here:
Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
3) Favourite Disney Character - Who doesn’t love Disney? Perhaps your little ones want to know the secret to Moana’s fearlessness or how Princess Elsa gets her hair so long! Or maybe you want to know more about what it’s like to be a superhero? Write to your favourite Disney character overseas here:
Walt Disney World Communications, P.O. Box 10040, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040
Ellie is a keen Londoner, thespian and foodie! She's the oldest of three and loves taking her younger siblings, aged nine and fourteen, on adventures to the theatre and food markets, trying new foods and dabbling in the world of musical theatre. Some of her favourite spots include Primrose Hill and the Natural History Museum, not to mention the ever-changing Spitalfields Market.