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.
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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
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
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
The Lost Package by Richard Ho is the tale of a package that gets to its destination in an unconventional manner. It’s a look at how a package travels through the postal system and how sometimes packages can get lost.
Writing Station Ideas
8 Ways to Recycle Materials for a Writing Station from me (Growing Book by Book)!
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
And, if you are planning a theme study on mail carriers or other community workers, you’ll want to grab out Community Helpers Literacy Unit.