Lily spent last evening writing a message to her pen pal in California, so I had to smile when my sister sent me photos of her post office dramatic play center. For Valentine’s Day, she often incorporates a post office theme into her lesson plans. I think it is a great idea.
I have a thing for post offices, the postal service, and stamps. I was really into stamps in my childhood which extended into my teen years. I liked learning about faraway places. A girlfriend of mine actually produced a little stamp magazine called Stuck on Stamps and I was a “staff reporter” .
Twenty years after writing this,I had the chance to travel to Egypt and Israel.
So, let’s break down the elements of the post office.
Postal worker costumes.
The details concerning the mail bag can be found here.
Old cubbies are mail slots.
Lots of bins to sort mail.
Letter writing station.
Name cards for each student to assist with spelling.
Measurement exercise – to compare the size of parcels and estimate shipping costs.
Draw your own postage stamps.
Postcards to send.
and of course, a mail box.
Books about letter writing. My sister uses Lyn Swanson-Natsues and Anthony Lewis’ Special Delivery and Woody Guthrie’s Mail Myself To You for story time.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,