Artie loves giving hugs. But she can’t give a hug to her Grandma who lives so far away. Instead, she shows us how to send hugs using the magic of handwritten letters in this timeless story about connecting to loved ones when you can’t do so in person.

In the heartfelt story, How to Send a Hug by Haley Rocco, readers will learn the incredible impact writing and receiving handwritten letters can have on yourself and others.

book cover

Sending a Hug in the Mail Activity

finished example of letter and envelope


  • Something to write with (crayons, color pencils, markers, pen, or pencil)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 8.5 x 11 sheet of printer paper for the envelope
  • Paper of choice for the letter


  1. Print the envelope template onto the printer paper (see below) OR open up a used envelope to create your own template by tracing the shape onto your paper.
  2. Decorate your envelope as desired. Remember to leave the center rectangle blank so that the address is legible.
  3. Cut out the envelope along the outside solid lines.
  4. Fold the envelope along the dotted lines.
  5. Glue three of the triangular corners together, leaving one unglued.
  6. On a separate piece of paper, compose your “hug” (letter).
  7. Fold your letter so that it will fit inside the envelope.
  8. Put the letter in the envelope and seal the final triangular flap in place with glue.
  9. Don’t forget to include postage before mailing!
Envelope template