Second Friday Writing Club: Playtime

When I was a little girl, I was a big bookworm. Well actually, I still am! But as a little girl, I used my imagination and resources I had around me to create my own little home library. Card catalog, library cards, and borrower cards gave all of my friends a chance to borrow books from my library.

Thinking back on this magical playtime of my childhood got me to thinking about how my own sponsored children might spend their time playing. From recent letters, Felix shared with me that he likes to play soccer, and Lina enjoys going on walks with her friends and her tutor from the project.

Children everywhere have a strong capacity to be creative because God created us that way. And research shows that when the brain is growing, play is needed to make connections that contribute to memory, learning, emotional regulation and social intelligence.


At the Compassion centers, sponsored children are given the opportunity to spend time playing and learning to play with others in safe and clean environments.

Board games, outdoor games, imaginative play, and more! This month, let’s find fun games and creative play activities for playtime for our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board on Pinterest.

Here is some inspiration to get us started:

  • Is Checkers one of your favorites? Share this printable Checkers game with your sponsored child.
  • Dominoes is a simple classic game that all ages can enjoy. This dominoes printable is an easy way to teach the game.
  • Consider telling your sponsored child about your favorite outdoor games and learning about theirs. For example, if you sponsor children in India*, learn more about Seven Stones, a traditional Indian game which is similar to Dodge Ball.

Want more inspiration? Be sure to follow us on Pinterest.

Love to Pin? Join us as a member of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board, where pinners share ideas related to our letter-writing theme each month. Share your Pinterest profile in the comments below to be added to our group board.

*NOTE FROM EDITOR: This content honors Compassion’s historical work in India. While we no longer have an India sponsorship program, we are grateful for the lives changed and meaningful work achieved through our sponsors and donors in our nearly 50 years there. For a detailed explanation of the end of our sponsorship program in India, please visit:

6 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Kari May 5, 2022

    Can you please add me to the Second Friday letter writing Club Pinterest Board? @barista221


    1. Nicole May 6, 2022

      Hi, Kari! Thank you so much for reaching out! 💛 I just sent you an invite. The name of the group has changed, so you should see an invite for “Compassion Letter Club.” Please let us know if you do not receive it or if you have any question. 😊

  2. Athena December 21, 2014

    I am a correspondence sponsor for a young man in India. I was thinking about sending some Suduko puzzles in the next letter with an explanation of how to solve them. Would that be fine?

    1. Susan Sayler December 22, 2014

      Athena, that sounds like an excellent idea! I bet Sudoku puzzles would be fun for him to try out! 🙂

  3. Rachel Manning December 13, 2014

    Please show people from all parts of the world that are starving and all races .

    1. Emily Vanhoutan December 16, 2014

      Rachel, Compassion works in 25 countries around the world and we value each and every child that is in our program. We are careful to maintain the dignity of everyone that we photograph and whose stories we tell and therefore, we do not only show pictures of starving children. Although we photograph people in the countries that we work in, please know that we also love and value children all over the world.

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