Post Office Pretend Play {Discover & Explore}

Do your children love everything about the post office and mail like mine do? My 2 year old, Theo, goes absolutely crazy every time he sees a mail truck. My 5 year old daughter, Lucy,  is almost obsessed with checking our mailbox every afternoon. And both kids are constantly writing my husband and I little love notes and pictures. So I thought the perfect thing to share for this week’s community helpers themed Discover & Explore linky would be our pretend play post office!  (Be sure to link up all your posts having to do with any type of community helper at the end of this post.)

Pretend Play Post Office: Perfect for home or school! ~ Buggy and Buddy

Pretend Play Post Office

I decided to build on my children’s interest in mail, writing, and imaginative play by creating this pretend play post office. It’s very simple to set up, and you don’t need some extravagant area or large space to do it. I just placed a small play table in the corner of our kitchen and used the chairs as a little shelf. (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.)

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials We Use for Our Pretend Play Post Office

You can use just about anything for your pretend play post office. I looked around my house and grabbed things I thought the kids would enjoy using.

Writing Materials: I put out some notecards and paper along with some envelopes on the table. Both are in little baskets to keep them in place. I also placed some little cups of crayons and pens where they would be easily accessible for writing. Once the kids have written their letters and placed them in an envelope, it’s time to get the envelope ready to mail!

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy

Name Resource: I made a little poster right above the table for the kids  to use as a resource for addressing the letters and envelopes. It’s just a sheet of paper with a picture of each family member with the corresponding name right next to the photo.

Stamps: Once the envelope is addressed, the kids use little wooden stamps and a jumbo stamp pad to ‘stamp’ the letter to be mailed. (They love this part!)

Mailbox: This was the one item I decided to buy- a real mailbox. But you could make your own by decorating a shoebox or packing box. The kids place their stamped letters in the mailbox for the mailman to pick up. 

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy

Mailbag: For the mailbag I used a plain canvas tote bag and decorated it with fabric markers. The mailman collects the mail from the mailbox and places it in the bag to be delivered. Right now the mailman delivers the mail under each person’s bedroom door, but I’m thinking it’d be fun in the future to make our own personal mailboxes!

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy

The Benefits of the Pretend Play Post Office

This is such a fun way to encourage writing (we’re always looking for fun writing activities for kids). Lucy is so motivated to write her thoughts and ideas onto paper, and Theo loves pretending to write just like his big sister!

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy 

Theo really loved putting things into the mailbox. When he heard us talking about putting letters in the mailbox, he ran and got his ‘letters’ (his felt stuffed toy letters) and started putting them in. Too cute!

 Putting 'letters' in the mailbox

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy

I just love that both my kids enjoy using the pretend play post office- sometimes on their own and sometimes in creative play together. It’s really appropriate for just about any age. Toddlers enjoy making marks on paper and putting things into and taking things out of the mailbox. And it’s such a fun way to encourage preschoolers and kindergarteners to write and create. Older kids can use this center to practice how to correctly write friendly letters and address envelopes. This would also make such a fun learning center for the classroom!

Pretend Play Post Office~ Buggy and Buddy

Have you used a similar creative play area in your home or classroom?

 

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Comments

  1. Oh – I must say … your post office looks so much nicer then mine!!!! I love the touch of the REAL mailbox!

  2. Perfection! I adore the well-thought out simplicity! Just enough to engage children, yet brilliantly open-ended to make it their own. LOVE! Shared on FB and Pinned (and will be making our own :-)

  3. I love this mailman play idea! I pinned it and left one of our pretend play centers!

  4. This is great. Love the set up! :)

  5. What a gorgeous post office! I came here to join the linky but couldn’t help but pin this lovely play idea :)

  6. This is a really cute post office! I work in a preschool and we have these rooms set up which we term it as “Dramatic Expression”. It is Laundromat at the moment! :D I will share this post with my colleagues! Thanks for sharing. Book marking your site too!

  7. I love your post office. We are a little out of this age, but we do have a letter writing setup for our second grader with real stamps, address stickers for grandparents, paper and cards.

  8. Playing post office is a great hands-on play experience. You get to practice a lot of skills that you do not even realize that you are reinforcing lessons you have learned. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  9. Thanks for your recent post office posts – a reminder that I need to clear some space to do something like this in our house. My preschoolers love to write notes and I know my daughter would love this. Thanks for sharing at After School!

  10. I simply adore this and will be including this in my ‘Share It Saturday’ collection. Thanks for linking up and I hope you continue to in the future. You have great ideas. Kate

  11. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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