Creating a post office was one of my favorite literacy activities that I did with students during my educational career. Now that I’m a mom, I can’t wait to recreate a similar post office pretend play space for my boys. Post office play is a great way for children (at almost any age) to practice writing, reading and communicating. I’ve collected some of the best ideas from educational bloggers and put them together for you in one handy spot. Below, you will find book recommendations to inspire writing, tips on setting up a post office, ideas for creating your supplies, writing station set-ups and special event/theme/topics to enhance your play throughout the year.
Books To Inspire Your Post Office Play
A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague
Great idea for creating gratitude letters inspired by the book Good-bye Curtis by Kevin Henkes from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Mr. Griggs’ Work by Cynthia Rylant
Seven Little Postmen by Margaret Wise Brown
The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
The Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves by Gail Gibbons
With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada
Setting Up a Post-Office Play Area
Pretend Play Post Office from Nurture Store
I love this creative idea of where to hang your mailbox- Bedroom Post Office from Kid’s Play Space
Play Post Office Time from Here Come the Girls
Post Office Play from the Imagination Tree
Creating Your Supplies
Easy, No-Sew Mail and Play Mailbox from Nothing if Not Intentional
Making Felt Mail from Just for Daisy
Printable Kids Letter Writing Set from picklebums
Creating Postcards from Red Ted Art
Writing Station Ideas
8 Ways to Recycle Materials for a Writing Station from me (Growing Book by Book)!
How about sending a secret message? Secret Messages idea comes from What Do We Do All Day?
Letter Writing Station from Mama Papa Bubba
Other Ideas for Post Office Play- Theme, Holiday and Event Variations
Alphabet Mail Early Literacy Pretend Play from No Time for Flashcards
Good-bye Stationary for Friends from Green Owl Art
Valentine Mailboxes from Reading Confetti
Valentine Love Notes from Feels Like Home
Christmas Card Making Station from childhood 101
For more great ideas on building a post office in your home or classroom, follow my “Post Office Play” Pinterest board!