Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
Today’s unplugged play idea is to create a pretend play post office.
This is a chance to learn about people in our neighborhood, practice some letter writing, order of events, and perhaps even work on memorizing our home address. But, don’t guide this activity too heavily: set the scene and see where your children take it.
Supplies and materials
- envelopes (I save junk mail envelopes for my kids)
- cardboard or small boxes to act as packages
- stickers to use as stamps, or draw your own
- a shoe box to act as a mailbox
- perhaps a bag or basket for delivering the mail
Set up a scene for some letter writing, practice addressing envelopes (a good way to sneak in some address lessons – does your child know your address?) and giving them a stamp, delivering the mail, and maybe even decorating a mail box, depending upon how elaborate you and your child are feeling today.
There is a great post from the Simple Kids archives on pretend play with some more ideas for props to include.
This would make a fun long-term play project: write notes back and forth with your child, leaving them in the shoebox mailbox. I’d love to hear your take on this play idea and how you and your kids expand the theme!
Some fun books about mail for your library list:
- The Jolly Postman
- Seven Little Postmen
- Delivering Your Mail: a book about mail carriers
- Dear Mr. Blueberry
Gather up some junk mail or other bits of colorful paper from the recycling (magazines would work well), some construction or other heavy paper, and glue sticks. We’ll need a basket, some felt apples (or red socks, bits of cloth, etc). Later this week you’ll need a few pieces of unfinished wood or a decent sized tree branch and a small saw and some minor woodworking skills (minor, I promise). Stay tuned!
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