Preschool Post Office Activities

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Preschool Post Office Activities
Preschoolers love to learn what happens when they send a letter through the mail. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

With a series of crafts and games, help preschoolers understand what happens when they send a letter through the mail. Students may already know how to send an e-mail but they are sure to get excited about seeing a letter travel all the way to its destination. Have fun with a lesson plan that will show students how the post office works to connect communities in their own country and all over the world.

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Story Time

There are many popular story books that aim to introduce young children to the functions of the post office. Examples include "The Jolly Postman" by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, and "The Post Office Book: The Mail and How It Moves" by Gail Gibbons. After the story, have students brainstorm who they might send letters to (friends, family) and why (to say "Hi" or "Happy Birthday"). If any students have prepared and sent mail before, have them share their experience with the class.

Preschool Post Office Activities
Indroduce the post office theme through a story. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Visit a Post Office

The best way to learn about the post office is to have students send their own letters. Ask the students' parents to send a self-addressed stamped envelope to school with their child. Give students some time during the day to draw a picture, or write a note to their parents and have them seal their letter into the self-addressed envelope. Take students to the local post office and have each one put their letter into the correct slot. Your local post office may be able to offer class tours where an employee can explain how the mail gets sorted by address and delivered by postmen.

Preschool Post Office Activities
Organise a post office tour or invite a local postman to visit the class. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Play Post Office

Students can demonstrate and practice what they have learnt by re-enacting their post office experience. Have the class collaborate on craft activities to create and decorate a letter box, complete with mail slot and flag, as well as a letter carrying bag. Set up a post office table in the classroom and provide some paper, envelopes, markers, a rubber stamp and stamp stickers. Students can create their own letters at the post office table and address them to friends and teachers in other classrooms. Have students take turns sorting and using the letter carrying bag to deliver the letters to the correct person.

Sorting Math

Use the post office theme to inspire lessons in other subjects, such as a fun counting and number sorting activity. Have groups of students create and decorate 10 mini mailboxes, such as the ones they saw throughout earlier post office activities. Mailboxes can be fashioned out of cereal boxes, recycled plastic tubs or any container that can have a mail slot cut out of it. Add a flag to each of the mailboxes and number each flag one to 10. Fill a basket with an assortment of envelopes, each one should have an image pasted on it to represent a number between one and 10. Students then sort all the envelopes into the appropriate mailboxes. An envelope with five dots on it goes into the letter box marked "5", one with a bunch of four bananas goes into the "4" box, one with a red number "!0" goes into the "10" box.

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