Post office play is the stuff that many a childhood is made of. Kids of all ages can easily relate and join in. Pebble loves getting letters in the mail (who doesn’t?!) especially birthday party invitations. The little minx been known to pinch invitations from the fridge and hide them strategically around the house. This inspired me to organise some post office play.
There are some are lots of fun and creative ideas out there for making a play post office or mail box. I am not a craft wizard, and like to make things simply with what we already have to hand. We used a nappy box, some wrapping paper, a bottle top, old cards, scissors, sticky tape, stickers, a few Australia post logos printed from Google Images, and some writing tools.
First, I used scissors to cut holes into the nappy box – one to post letters in, and one to get letters out.
Then we wrapped the box in wrapping paper, making sure to stick it down really well (thanks to Pebble for all those extra pieces of tape!), before cutting through the paper were our mail slots were.
We glued a handle to the back flap, so that the postie could easily get to the letters.
Then it was time to write some letters. I have a big stack of cards, some used and some new (thanks Mel!). I sorted through them and picked out a few for Pebble to use in her letter box. She wrote letters to Daddy, Mummy, Rosie (her teddy) and herself. She then used stickers as postage stamps.
Then the best bit – posting the letters! We made a rookie error here – make sure that your post slot is wider than the paper or cards you intend to post.. whoops! We were only just able to squeeze Daddy’s letter in through the slot.
“Mummy, I need my bike, I’m gonna be the postie!”, she said.
She delivered all the cards to our beds, one on each pillow. “Let’s get in bed and read our cards Mummy”, she said. I had to have a laugh at that suggestion – it made me realise that we always open our birthday cards in bed, I guess it’s become our family tradition.
Now I just need to keep some cards, small paper and envelopes in the craft corner so that new letters can be written and posted. I think the toys in this house are going to be inundated with fan mail.
Have you posted any letters to toys lately? Did they write back?