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International Postcard Swap for Families

The details on this page are for the 2010 swap. If you want to take part this year ie 2011 PLEASE CLICK HERE






**The postcard swap is now closed.**

If you would like to take part in the International Postcard Swap for Families here are the details:

1. Sign up for the postcard swap. The deadline for signing up is Friday April 30th.
Email me at zoe (dot) toft (at) kuvik (dot) net with
*your name,
*your kids names and ages,
*postal address
*and (if you have one) your blog name and address.
Alternatively leave me a comment on the original post announcing the swap saying you want to take part and I will email you for all these details (please don’t leave them in the comments, just to keep your details private).

2. By late Tuesday 4 May I will email you with the names and addresses of 5 families you will be sending postcards to. These will not necessarily be the same families you will receive post from.

3. Make / write your postcards and please make sure you post them out to your recipients by Tuesday 10 May.

4. Eagerly await the arrival of the postman! As this is an international swap it may take a few weeks to receive your postcards.

Other questions?
1) What is the deadline to send the postcards by?
Please have all 5 of your cards in the post by Tuesday 10 May. Please don’t sign up for this swap unless you are happy to write and send 5 cards internationally.

2) What should I write on the message side of my postcard?
It’s up to you of course, but given that we’ll all have “met” via Playing by the book it would be nice if you could include a kids’ book recommendation – perhaps something very popular where you live, or one of your kids’ favourites. If your recipients have blogs you could read a few of their posts and comment on them on your postcard. If your kids are old enough they could write the cards themselves. Really, it’s up to you what you do, but the idea is to send a little bit of fun and joy around the world!

3) What size should my postcard be and what should it be made of?
I don’t know the rules and regulations which cover various countries’ postal system so just use your common sense. You do not need to make the postcards you send, but it may be something your children will enjoy doing. If you wish to put your postcard in an envelope that’s fine, but you may incur additional costs.

5) Will I be receiving postcards from the people on my list?
I will set up the swap so that (hopefully) you will not receive postcards from anyone on your list. I thought it would be a nice surprise not knowing from where in the world postcards will be coming to you. I will endeavour to match people up so that you receive postcards from at least 3 different countries (though this will depend on who signs up for the swap), and from families with children of a similar age.

6) Can I help spread the word?
Yes please! Obviously this swap will work better the more people from more countries sign up. If you sign up for the swap please find some way to spread the word about this swap! You can direct people to this page (a round up of how to participate, without the book review included above):

http://www.playingbythebook.net/international-postcard-swap-for-families/

and you can use this button on your blog:

International Postcard Swap for Families Logo



To get the button you can right-click on it above and save it, or copy the HTML code below:

<a href="http://www.playingbythebook.net/international-postcard-swap-for-families/"><img src="http://i1038.photobucket.com/albums/a464/playingbythebook/postcard_swap_200px.png" /></a>

You could email your friends who might be interested, you could tweet about the swap, post it on your Facebook page, or just tell friends about it over a coffee! The more people know about the swap the better the swap will be for all involved.

6) Anything else?
If you receive any particularly beautiful or interesting postcards please let me know – in June I’d love to write a post about everyone who participated and the postcards and book recommendations which were sent.

Any other questions? Please get in touch either by leaving a comment of via email.

I’d like to shout out a big thank you to Hanna at Create and Live Happy, a great crafting blog, and Aimee at Adventures and Pursuits, who is currently hosting The Great American Postcard Swap, for their advice about setting up and running a postcard swap!

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