Saturday, July 02, 2011

U.S. Postage Stamp Day

In case you missed it, yesterday, July 1, was U.S. Postage Stamp Day.

On the Re-Creative Resources website, the following U.S. Postage Stamp Day activities are suggested for residents of rehabilitation and senior facilities.

Discussion group – read the history of the US Postage stamp and discuss with residents. See Wikipedia for U.S. Postage stamp history information.

Ask the residents what was the price of the stamp when they were children.

Did they ever have a favorite stamp design? Who do they think should be on a stamp design now that never has been?

Show and learn – See if there is a stamp collector in your area, if so ask them to come in to display their stamp collection and give a talk highlighting stamps of historical interest.

Craft – Design a stamp. Let the residents design a stamp. You can find a stamp template on under crafts, paper crafts and then stamp.
Game - Guess what year – Make copies of old stamps off with Bing images. Make sure you block out the years or date on the stamp before showing it to the residents. Ask if they recognize the stamp and what year it is. You may also need to block out the cost on the stamp since that might give the year away too.

Community project – Check with the US Post office in your area and ask when they will have their next food drive. Then start to campaign now to ask all staff and residents family/friends to bring in item of non-perishible food items to give towards the postal food drive.

Some of these might be fun to do at the local stamp club as well.

For other stamp collecting games and activities, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM