The other day, while browsing the Internet, I discovered some fantastic free fonts and a wonderful collection of free images. Immediately I wanted to use every font and every picture. But how? Should I write every blog post in a different font? Post a different picture every day? Then I had an idea…
My girls love writing letters, the snail mail variety. Emails are all very well, but nothing beats running out to the mailbox and discovering a real letter.
Letters are fun to write and receive… and they are educational. Letter writing is a wonderful way to practise spelling, handwriting, sentence construction, creative writing… It’s real work… unlike writing exercises.
The other morning, I was watching Gemma-Rose writing a letter. I was amazed: I don’t know when she learnt to spell so well, or write so quickly. It seems only a few days ago, I was helping her spell every word, and making suggestions on what she could write. I remember this conversation:
I said to Gemma-Rose, “… how will you learn how to spell?”
“I’ll pick it up as I go along,” she answered confidently.
It seems Gemma-Rose’s prediction was correct.
Sometimes the girls like to handwrite their letters and sometimes they use the computer. There are delights in both methods.
If they write by hand, they usually adorn their letters with stickers and drawings, perhaps a bit of glitter too.
But if they use the computer they can change the fonts, and add photos and clip art, and borders. And they can use all the free images I have just discovered, as well as fonts like these:
This font is called Henny Penny.
And this one’s called Love Ya Like a Sister.
How about The Girl Next Door?
Maybe you might like Spirax.
Then there’s a font called Scrogglet.
There seems to be an endless variety of fonts. I downloaded these ones from Google Web Fontsonto my computer as zip files. After extracting and installing the fonts, I started playing around with them. I decided to write a couple of letters of my own to some little friends. And then I showed what I’d produced to the girls, and they wanted to have a go too.
We used Microsoft Word to write our letters. We decided to add some images to make our letters look attractive. I clicked ‘insert’, followed by ‘clip art’, and discovered a box saying, Find more (images) at Office.com. Soon we were browsing 1000s of images looking for just the right ones. We couldn’t decide… so many attractive ones to choose from. We will have to write lots and lots of letters to use all our favourites.
So if they are any snail mail letter writers in your family perhaps you’d like to explore Google Web Fonts and Office.com
And don’t forget to add a Freddo frog or a photo or a holy card to your letter to make it extra special.
It is possible to add the Google Web fonts to a blog, so they can be used directly for blog headers, post titles, text, posts… You will need to copy a couple of codes and insert them in the right place in your blog’s HTML code. I haven’t yet tried this. It might be a bit fiddly but I’m sure it works.