This month we are learning about community helpers and as usual, I turn to some of our favorite books to help me create a base for our studies. This week it’s all about the mailman and learning about writing and sending letters and we put together a Post Office Invitation to Play Letter Writing Practice activity.
This weeks book based unit study is courtesy of Delivering Your Mail By Ann Owen. This book teaches about mail carriers, mail trucks, and the importance of getting the mail out no matter what the weather.
Post Office Invitation to Play Letter Writing Practice
- Blank cards
- Small stickers
- A box or basket
Set up a dramatic play area:
Set out all your supplies on the table and invite your child to create a letter, postcard, or card for someone.
This is great practice for writing if your child is younger write letters or words with a highlighter and let them trace over it with a pencil.
Older children will be able to write a letter on their own or with some assistance and can begin to learn the proper way to compose a letter. Here are the five parts of a letter as a refresher….
Show your child how to address and close a letter, practice capitalization and punctuation.
Demonstrate how to fill out an envelope by writing your name and address in the upper left corner and writing the name and address of the recipient in the center.
Now practice placing a “stamp” on your letter. If you like you can provide your child with real stamps and let them write a letter to grandma or someone else.
- Visit a real post office, if you call ahead you can probably get a tour of the facility and really give your child a first-hand look at how the mail system works
- Try to meet your postal worker at the mailbox, be ready with a couple questions for your child to ask. Take a peek inside the truck if they let them. Thank them for the service they provide.
- Draw pictures of your mail carrier, post office, or the mail truck.
Here are some other great items I found for dramatic play that go with the post office/ postal worker theme…
Melissa & Doug Wooden Mailbox Set
Stamp and Sort Wooden Mailbox
Postal Truck- How fun would this be in a sensory bin?
Dress Up Mail Carrier Costume- Take your child’s fun and dress up time to a new level with a mailbag and all!
Community Helpers – Play and learn about the people in our neighborhoods and the jobs they do to improve our society.