Wednesday, January 2, 2008

LetterBoxing with Kids


Our first destination is NOT just one location!

Hannah and I have recently discovered the activity of letterboxing. I urge you to take up this new and inexpensive hobby with your children as soon as our 35 inches of Wisconsin snow melts away!

What IS letterboxing you ask? As defined by Wikipedia:

"Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several websites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a logbook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox's stamp on their personal logbook, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox's logbook — as proof of having found the box."

My daughter loves treasure hunts and exploring nature. Letterboxing is the perfect incorporation of both activities. Get your children off of the couch and into the woods!

To find some locations in your area - and they are everywhere - start with one of these websites:

http://www.letterboxing.org/

http://www.atlasquest.com/

All you need to get started is a stamp, an inkpad, and a notebook for recording your stamps. Log onto one of the websites above, enter a search for a nearby city, and print off the clues for locating your first letterbox!

Any questions about starting? Email me - niesgirl@yahoo.com

Box on!

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