Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
If you are a traveling homeschooling family like us or want a new, exciting way to introduce writing skills into your everyday homeschool, then try out Connections Stationary Kit by Byron’s Games. Byron’s Games has other educational games available, such as family board games and more, that you may want to check out. We had the pleasure of reviewing the letter writing kit for a few weeks in exchange for an honest review!
The Story Behind Byron’s Games
Think about being a little kid, hospitalized, with nothing to do but stare at the white walls. The only interaction you have is with the friendly hospital staff and your family, both coming and going while you stay sedentary in the hospital bed.
When Byron was hospitalized he was bored out of his mind. He thought of a way to pass the time for other children like himself. He created the idea of educational family board games and letter writing kits for kids that were in the same situation as he was!
The birth of Byron’s Games began from a worrisome hospitalization scare. The result of this scare bloomed a brilliant, creative idea: Byron’s Games!
Connections Stationary Kit Materials
Although there are several board games to choose from, we received the Connections Stationary Kit. With this kit are all the items you would need to write letters near or far, to friends and relatives, or faceless penpals!
The materials include:
- 25 stationary pages
- 25 envelops
- 2 different kinds of stamps with ink pads
- fine point pen
How We Use Connections Stationary Kit
When my children received the items in the delivery box, they were so excited! We had already been implementing weekly letter writing into our homeschool for handwriting practice, plus it’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family when you travel.
A moving story about our letter writing journey is that, during Christmas time, my son wrote a letter to Grandpa. We hadn’t seen Grandpa in a few months and the last time we did see him, he was not doing so well. Grampa was to undergo heart surgery during the weeks while we were away traveling.
My son wrote a letter to Grandpa, telling him how much he loved him and missed him, and hopes he is feeling better. Unfortunately, about 2 weeks after Grandpa received his letter from my son, he passed away.
It is touching to us, though, how writing him a letter and getting that communication from his grandson moved him. And even for my son, it was a bit of closure, I think, that we all usually need when saying goodbye to a loved one. This letter that he wrote Grandpa was in a way his goodbye to him.
Although the story of Grandpa’s Letter is moving to our family, we hadn’t received the Connections Stationary Kit in yet. In fact, a few months later, we traveled back home to Texas where we would receive our letter writing kit in the mail.
Because Dad was still in Hawaii where we came from, my daughter decided to write Dad a letter.
I know, I know…her letter is pretty difficult to read! I love it though because she’s telling Dad what all came in her new letter writing kit (if you can make it out!).
Our Unboxing Video
We wanted to show the world everything that came in Byron’s Games Connections Stationary Kit. And my daughter is always up to being on camera! So, here you will see our unboxing video (don’t mind our mess in the kitchen! We were just getting home from a long travel trip!):
Conclusion of Byron’s Games Connections Stationary Kit
This letter writing kit for kids took over our household and my children learned the components of letter writing. They learned how to properly address sender and recipient information on the envelopes as well as how to formally write a letter. They also had a ton of fun embellishing their letters and envelopes with the stamps and stickers that are included!
The only thing I would have liked to see in the Connections Stationary Kit was lines to write on. As you can see from my daughter’s letter to Dad, her lines were all over the place. For children who are writing letters or learning the beginning mechanics of letter writing would benefit more with lined paper, as the stationary pages do not have lined papers to keep it neat and orderly.
However, if children are already used tp the mechanics of letter writing, perhaps the no-lined paper would be just fine for them to use. After all, it is a creative way to say “Hello!” to loved ones with or without lined paper!
Be sure to check out the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews on the various products Byron’s Games has to offer!