We were at our neighborhood thirftstore yesterday and found a goldmine—which has taken up hours of our time already. I love these kind of surprise crafts.
For $1.99 I found a huge bag of stamps still stuck to letters. I mentioned to the 8-year-old that I loved to soak off stamps and save them when I was little. I didn't know if she would know why I did this or if it sounded fun to her, but she immediately got it. I shouldn't have been surprised, this is the same child who collects corks, string, and bits of recycling which she crams under her bed.
We soaked them in water for about 10 minutes and they slid off easily. I don't think I have done this since I was 10. I loved do this so much.
They dried in about 10 more minutes. Not totally, but dry enough for her.
And we found a blank book. She wanted to put them in right away.
So fun! We have so many left to do. The BEST part is we found a whole envelope in the bag, with a typed letter inside—it's like a nancy drew mystery! The girls are so excited. It is from Spain, written in english. The stamps come from all around the world all addressed to the same couple, but so much is torn off the address, it's hard to know, which makes the mystery more fun.
I want to show them craft ideas with stamps too, like these shoes. I especially like mounting the stamps grouped by color, and this drawing with stamps is also wonderful. I know just gluing them in books is pretty satisfying too, so I will try to back off. Or get my own pile of stamps.