This week I wanted to share a super simple way of making letterboxes for postman play. For each letterbox you need one and a half paper plates. Decorate them as you wish and then staple together. You can punch a hole and add string for hanging or use loops of masking tape as we have.
Making pretend letterboxes is a wonderful way to encourage children to play with writing and reading as they ‘write’ letters for friends or family members and ‘read’ those delivered too them. By labelling each letterbox with the name of the recipient, you also playfully encourage name and letter recognition.
Since we made a series of letterboxes for Immy and her toys there have been all sorts of invitations delivered – for birthday parties, pool parties and playdates, I think the toys enjoy receiving mail almost as much as Immy does 🙂
For young children learning about literacy does not have to be complicated, in fact the simpler the better! So why not add a letterbox or two to your play today.
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