Post Office Play Round-Up

 

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.

Over 15 post office play ideas to encourage literacy play with young children. Includes books for kids about the post office and mail carriers.

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.

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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

mail bag

Paper Bag Mail Bag from Growing Book by book that is super easy and inexpensive.

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

Books To Inspire Your Post Office Play

9 books about the post office and mail carriers that pair perfectly with a post office dramatic play area or a study of community workers.

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James (top right picture)

Great idea for creating gratitude letters inspired by the book Good-bye Curtis by Kevin Henkes from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats (top left picture)

Seven Little Postmen by Margaret Wise Brown

Dear Mrs. LaRue:  Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague (bottom left picture)

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

Mr. Griggs’ Work by Cynthia Rylant (bottom right picture)

The Post Office Book:  Mail and How it Moves by Gail Gibbons

With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada

 

Writing Station Ideas

8 Ways to Recycle Materials for a Writing Station from me (Growing Book by Book)!

writing activities for kindness teaching FB

Make Kindness Postcards with all of the art work the kids have created.

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!

 

About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.

Comments

  1. What a wonderful round up!

  2. What a great round- up of ideas. Thanks for including us.

  3. Cute theme and lots of great ideas!! I love love the Jolly Postman!! We read Kevin Henkes’ book Good-bye Curtis and then made a thank you package for our mail carrier…even more fun? He wrote back!! My kids loved it! Here’s a link if you’d like go take a peek.
    http://www.penpalsandpicturebooks.com/2012/06/thanking-our-mail-carrier.html?m=1

  4. How fun! My daughter will love this. Thanks for encouraging her mail obsession. 😉 And thanks for including our post!

  5. I love this round up. We are enjoying writing on postcards and I think I should track a few of these books down.

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