I feel like we’ve discovered a gold mine; I just need to know how to manage it. My 8yo son was mildly interested in stamps and he put out an email to our friends asking for any left over stamps. We have received so many that I’ve lost count (one elderly friend said, “I’ve just been waiting for someone to ask!”). We’ve been looking at these beautiful stamps from all over the world and coming up with tons of questions to research. Right now we’re just learning how to put those little hinges on and try to get them in an album straight. Any seasoned stamp collectors’ advice would be appreciated.
Hi, no one has answered yet. We aren’t “seasoned” by any means. But I collected stamps with great delight all through my childhood. I always believed it was one reason I was good at geography. It seemed to me the tiniest, most obscure countries often had the most beautiful stamps–like “Burundi”. I am pretty sure I was the only kid in my class who had the faintest idea there WAS a place called Burundi, and I knew it because of their unique, triangle-shaped stamps! LOL
We are very, very informal about it here. It is mostly an interest driven or geography driven thing. I have a son who has reptile stamps from all over, and another one who just likes having stamps from as many countries as possible. He also does coins the same way. So I don’t know for sure that we are seasoned or even normal. LOL But we have a lot of fun! We did get some books to help us identify writing we couldn’t read so we could tell where some stamps and coins came from.
We keep all our stuff on simple pages identifying country. But there are tons and tons of different kinds of stamp albums. I had several as a child.
It’s a fun hobby!
We’ve been mulling over some ideas and it seems like stamps would be a great curriculum for the rest of our homeschooling career! Right now, he’s working on an EXPO project with them. We got one of those Around the World (or something like that) books and have matched up some of the stamps. The rest (about 300!)he put in coin collector pages because that’s what we had on hand. Now, he has typed a label for all the countries he has a stamp from and is going to put them on our world map with yarn leading from the label to the country.
A friend gave me a wonderful idea as to where to go from here. Her girls did stamps for 4-H for awhile and they mounted the stamps on colored cardstock and put them in page protectors. I thought we could expand on that and have a section for each country and learn what we want from each (maps, food, how Christians are treated, people, places, dress…..it goes on and on!). The danger is burning out my 8yo son on all the stuff I want to know and unwittingly ‘dragging’ him behind me. I like your reminder that it can be relaxed.
Yes, that sounds great! One year when I was racking my brains for something fun to do for geography, we bought a large lot of international stamps and coins for something like $12. It took us FOREVER just to identify and categorize them! We did something similar to you–made up a simple little sheet with country, map, capital, languages, etc. It kept us occupied for a very long time! We still have those albums, and we’ve also given out little packets of them when we go geocaching–a little packet with a coin, a few stamps, and prayer requests for the country makes GREAT swag!
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