Who doesn’t love getting a letter? To preschoolers the mail ranks up there with other anticipated special deliveries like their Easter Baskets and Christmas stockings. Perhaps the one thing more exciting than receiving mail, would be getting to be the all-powerful letter carrier! Here’s an activity that lets your children in on the fun of delivering the mail, while also reinforcing the basic math skills of numeral recognition and counting.
Create letters by writing the number name in the address spot. Place the same number of 1 cent stamps in the stamp corner. For the group I was working with, I did numbers 1-10, but you could adjust that to meet the needs of your group. Next, create houses or mailboxes by writing the numerals corresponding to your letters. These can be simple pieces of paper as I show here, or you could make actual house or mailbox drawings. (I wrote mine on colored paper, and we began by putting the numbered papers in order, and then pointed out the abc pattern created by the colors.) Put these numbered papers in your pocket chart or in the center of your circle of children. Place all of your letters in a bag like a mail carrier. Have each child take a turn being the letter carrier (add to the effect by giving them a postal hat to wear during that turn). Each child will reach into the bag to select a letter and then place it in the appropriate spot by matching the number of stamps on the letter to the numeral written on the house/mailbox. After the children have experienced this activity, you might consider putting it in your dramatic play area along with your post office theme!
This is a fantastic idea!!! I am setting up a post office in my dramatic play area and I will now scramble to make this game before school starts back tomorrow. Thank you for this wonderful tool.
Amber- I’m so glad this will be useful for you! If you haven’t already, you might check with your local post office or FedEx store to see if they’ll donate any cool boxes, envelopes, signs, stamps, ANYTHING! You’d be surprised what people will donate when you use the word “preschool”. Plus, this time of year, a lot of people are willing to unload a lot of things to get organized and updated. Enjoy! I know my kids always LOVE the post office theme!
Candice Haury says
Thank you for the great idea! I’m looking forward to focusing on friendship and communication during February. I know the kids will like it, too!