Post Office Pretend Play

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Children love imaginary play, and this month we are learning about helpers in our community.  The Post Office is a great place to start!

Here are some great activities to try:

Package Delivery Relay

  • Materials Needed: Large Box, smaller boxes (at least one for each child), envelopes, 2 bins for the envelopes.
  • Place the large box on the other side of the room.
  • Place a smaller bin next to the large box and place lots of envelopes in the bin.
  • Place all the small boxes on the side of the room you are in with the children.
  • Each child must take one small box, run to the large box and place their box in the box.
  • They take one letter out of the bin and bring it back to you.
  • Have the other children cheer on and support each child as they go!
  • This is a focus on following directions: put a box in and take an envelope out!

The Hop-Pop Game
Materials Needed:
Bubble wrap taped to the floor.

Tell the children they will be given instructions on how to get from one end of their bubble wrap to the other. (Tape very long strips of bubble wrap in the room. Have 2 children use each strip–one starting from one end of the bubbles and the other child starting from the opposite end).

Give instructions such as:

  • Hop 2 times forward.
  • Run 3 times.
  • Walk like a spider (or crab!).
  • Slither like a snake!
  • Make up lots of silly ones for them!

A Tisket, A Tasket
Have children sit in a circle. One child goes around the back of the children skipping with a basket with a green and yellow ribbon on it; Singing, “A tisket, a tasket a green and yellow basket. I wrote a letter to my friend and on the way, I dropped it.”

In the basket is an envelope with the word “LETTER” written on it. The child puts the basket behind the next child to skip around.

You’ve Got Mail!
Use a hat and mailbag for a child to wear. Place colored papers in the bag.

The letter carrier says “I have a letter for…” and they describe someone in the group. The children try to guess who is being described. The child who guesses correctly gets to be the new letter carrier.

VARIATION: Place index cards in the mailbag with each child’s name on it. The letter carrier says “I have a letter for…” and holds up one card. The children help determine whose name is on the card. The letter carrier then delivers the card to that child and that child is now the letter carrier.

Letter, Letter, STAMP!
This is played like duck, duck goose! Explain to the children that a letter cannot be delivered without a stamp! Once it is stamped, it can GO!

A child goes around the circle saying Letter, Letter, Letter, etc. When they tap a head and say STAMP that child chases the other child around the circle once.

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