Examples of situations for children to write friendly letters include letters from vacation, emails about school activities, invitation letters and letters to Santa Claus. A friendly letter includes a heading, greeting, body, closing and signature.
A structured friendly letter should always start with a heading which includes the writer's address and the date of writing the letter.
The next part of the letter is the greeting. A traditional greeting starts with "Dear" followed by the recipient's name. However, other greetings suitable for a friendly letter include "Hi," "Hello," "Dearest," "Greetings" and "What's Happening."
Children use the body of the letter to execute the purpose of the message. For example, a friendly letter from vacation can include a trip to summer camp. The child tells the recipient about camp activities and new friends. Another example is a letter during a family vacation. The child can tell the recipient about the spot being visited and new activities the family members are trying.
A friendly email follows a similar structure except there won't be a heading. An example of a friendly email is a child telling the recipient about school activities, such as a school play or a spelling bee. An email or letter is suitable for detailing a new home after a child has moved. Children can also use the friendly letter format to write a letter to Santa Claus or to invite a friend over for a visit.
The closing typically consists of "Love" or "Your friend" followed by the child's signature.