Reading and writing activities for Preschoolers are great. And making those reading and writing activities relate to their real life is awesome. Creating a Post Office is a wonderful way to bring Reading and Writing to Life!
Creating a Post Office is so simple! We took a piece of construction paper for each member of our family. I should clarify – we only started with people members. But don’t worry – once our activity began we added pet mail boxes too. Anyways, I folded the paper almost in half (i just left a little lip at the top) and taped the sides. After this, you can do whatever you like with the mailboxes!
We decorated (you can see Sammy was not overly into the decorating aspect – so we moved forward), labelled with names, and added photos to some boxes to make this activity something Sam could do more independently. I left off photos for Mommy and Daddy as I wanted Sam to begin to recognize those 2 sight words.
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After, we made a hat. You always need a hat!
Then we started playing Post Office!
We began by looking at each mailbox as we hung them in the Post Office. Sammy read out loud which mail box belonged to which family member. I also pointed out that Daddy started with a D, Mommy with an M, etc.
Next, we all wrote some letters. Even our mail carrier.
And look at that concentration! My my, when you see the tongue you now he means business.
Sam noticed that Madeline and I were putting words and names on our mail. He wanted to put names on his too. At first he asked if I would write them for him. I told him of course I would, but there was another way he could let the mail carrier know who the letter was for. He could put the first letter of the name on his mail and then the mail carrier could match up that letter with the name on the mailboxes (hint hint Sammy my mail carrier)
Madeline and myself had some fun making mail too. I made sure to put the name of the person the letter was for clearly at the top.
After mentioning a few times that, “we sure have a lot of mail” and, “boy I hope a mail carrier comes soon” he arrived. Complete with his side bag (yes – it is definitely a purse) and hat (because, “Mommy of course we need a hat!”)
Let me tell you that this little mail carrier certainly took his job seriously. As we handed him our letters he studied them – if he was unclear on who the letter was for he would ask for a bit of help. I would always start by asking him, “hmm … where is the name?” and then, “what sound does it start with?” He needed some help with Daddy’s name sound “D”, but otherwise did quite well.
This was a game that lasted almost the whole morning. With a few additions (pet mailboxes, and mailing snacks) the game just kept going! The mailboxes will stay up in the post office (Sam’s bedroom wall) for more play whenever the mood should strike!
This reading activity helps wee ones break down words into simply the first sound and allows them to match these letters to put the mail in the correct spot. Sam was so very proud of himself!
The writing activity can become much more advanced for bigger kids. You can mail persuasive letters, postcards, etc. It can grow with your little ones, a great activity for a long, long time.
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