Originally published August 21, 2012.
Much is said in the philatelic media about our hobby dying and the lack of youth involvement in stamp collecting. As collectors/philatelists, it is our job to try to entice people into the hobby. Now, we will continue to fight an uphill battle with the likes of X Box, PS3, Wii’s, et al. we can at least try to involve them somehow.
At my house, I try to involve my children as much as possible. One such way is developing small mounted frames with stamps of a particular frame to show them the collecting possibilities that exist.
For my son I have created a few displays that reflect his interests:
|2009 Centenary of the Montreal Canadiens Issue|
|Canada Post’s 1995 Comic Book Superheroes Issue|
|2011 Canadian Pride and Baby Wildlife issued on my son’s Birthday|
For my oldest daughter I have put together the following:
|Hello Kitty issues from Japan|
And not leave out the youngest, she has:
|Canada Post 2012 Children’s Book Issue: Franklin|
Now, will these get the kids collecting? Only time will tell, but it can’t hurt.