Banjo Magic: Supercharge the fun with our PS message function!
One of the things we get asked most about at Banjo HQ is – how can we write a personalised PS message back to our little ones? It’s wonderful to see kids so engaged with their letters from Banjo, and the PS message can really add to the magic! However, we know that sometimes life gets in the way and after a busy week with your family, having to think about what to write in the PS can be super tough.
Here are a few tips to help you supercharge the magic of Banjo’s letters through the PS message:
Take the time to read their reply to Banjo
Understand if there’s anything they’re asking Banjo to which they expect a reply! Make sure that you answer their questions if you can and keep it simple. We want to encourage them to ask even more questions to really help their writing develop! Did you know that on our website’s FAQ page, we have lots of answers to questions that kids often ask Banjo, too?
Understand the tone of their letter
How is their mood? Have they had a good week? Could you encourage them to talk to someone if they needed to? Could they talk to Banjo about any issues they might be having? You can use the mouthpiece of Banjo to talk to your little one about trickier topics!
Has anything happened since they wrote to Banjo?
They may have had something BIG in their world happen since they’ve written to Banjo. Maybe saying something like ‘Mummy said you’ve earned your 10m swimming badge!’ or, ‘I was so sorry to hear that you broke your favourite pen’ – Hopefully this will make them open up even more to Banjo!
A few examples of how the PS can be used
USED TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOOD BEHAVIOUR:
Wow Harriet, Buster told me you had an epic party for William. You’re such a great big sister! Guess what? Buster pinched a bit of cake overnight and told me it was delicious! I hope you’re looking forward to Easter. I love chocolate eggs so much! You’ll have to tell me about your Easter in your next letter!
USED TO TALK ABOUT BEREAVEMENT:
I’m so sorry to have heard that Bruno died. He was such a good dog that we all loved very much and appreciated him helping deliver your letters to me. I have asked Buster to help out. Please leave the letters in the crack of your front door. Sending you so much love.
USED TO HELP EXPRESS EMOTIONS:
I’m sorry you’re struggling with lockdown; try not to worry too much, it shouldn’t be too long before you can get out and about again. Please make sure you speak to someone when you’re feeling bad so they can help to make you feel better. I LOVE your cake design and it sounds soooo tasty!
USED TO ASK QUESTIONS / BROACH TRICKY TOPICS:
I can’t believe you’re moving house so soon! I’ll be sure to send my next letter to your new house in the country. Tell me – what will your new room be like? How are you feeling about moving? I go to new places all the time and sometimes I feel a little nervous, but I always make new friends and we have fun. What will you play with your new classmates?
USED TO ENCOURAGE HELPING AROUND THE HOUSE:
Did you know it is now officially SPRING, Anna? Casper told me that your room was Spring Cleaned by Mummy. Please keep it tidy and remember to put toys back in drawers and your clothes away! I always keep my fur and whiskers clean and neat. Congratulations on persevering with learning to tell the time! What time is it now where you are? I hear it’s your birthday soon! I hope you have lots of fun whatever you do. Be happy!
To have your little one think that Banjo is paying lots of attention to their letters (and hears what they’re up to from other animals on the catvine!) makes it even more exciting for them!
Talk about Banjo with them, encourage them to find out where Banjo is travelling to and maybe even follow Banjo’s Spotify account and have a boogie together, as if Banjo is actually right there with you!
Lots of love, the Cats at Banjo HQ x