I love the idea of creating a life-like mailroom for my kids. A Mailroom or Post Office is unique in that it combines pretend play with learning to read and write. I haven’t made a mail room in our house yet, so I thought that I would create a wish list of what I would like to use in the future in our house and/or classroom.
First, I thought that I would share some of what I look for in setting up a make-believe environment:
- I have to be cheap. I, personally, need to be able to cheaply purchase or create the environment. That being said, this is a wish list so I may feature items out of my price range to ask for Christmas or to replicate in my own way.
- My space is a bit limited. Therefore, I would like the environment to be somewhat portable. I would like the option of packing it up and storing it away or taking it to the classroom.
- Also, I have a very high tolerance for messes, however, I would like the environment to be easy to tidy up, if needed.
- I have included some more of my ideas and a bit of research on an earlier post here
However, this costume does not seem too hard to replicate. You would need a blue t-shirt with a name-tag, a bag, and a hat. I also found some cost effective packs of hats that you can get that include a bunch of different careers. If I went this route, I could have an accurate component to several different make-believe environments and than I could create the rest (maybe).
Next, the equipment….
Here is a nice looking mailbag:
I would like a mailbox, of course. It would be nice if you could put mail in one part and take it out of the other side for delivery.
Here are a few that you can buy:
(This one comes with the mailbox, postcards and stamps. The box is a bit small, but I would work.)
Here are a few that you can make:
Small Additions to the Post Office:
- envelopes and paper
- writing utensils
- some type of stamp, can use stickers
- a counter, where someone can walk up and order stamps and mail letters and packages
- small mailboxes to deliver the letters to, can use cereal boxes
- small boxes for packages, with or without tape to close it themselves
- Create your own stamps
- Matching game with stamps
- Here is a Kindergarten Mail Carrier Unit, complete with printables!
- Book Connections
- “The Post Office Book” By Gail Gibbons
- “The Jolly Postman” By by Janet Ahlberg
- “Dear Mr. Blueberry” By: Simon James
Looking over all of this has motivated me to set-up a post office in our house. Over the next few weeks, I am going to collect and look for more materials. I will keep you updated!