A simple, DIY “Post Office” made from a cardboard box might be the PERFECT symbolic play prompt for your child’s play space, if…
- You have noticed your child going through a ‘posting’ phase; perhaps they love pushing and poking things through gaps, into different containers and holes around the place… or
- Your child has been seen enjoying a friend’s toy post box (or a borrowed one from a toy library); or perhaps …
- You’ve seen your little one get excited about post errands – sending/receiving mail, visiting the post office…
There are many play possibilities and developmental benefits of a DIY “Post Office”:
- It saves space – (we attached ours to a shelving unit, and were able to utilise all the shelves even with it in place)
- The actual posting action challenges children’s upper arm stability. It may start as a two handed posting action (even in/out through the large side opening of the box), before a more refined two or single handed post through the smaller front opening on the post box.
- Handling the actual ‘letters’ is great for hand manipulation and coordination.
- Identifying the people on the photos is great practise – in recognising who’s who and saying names. (- Especially important in our situation, as half of our family live overseas)
- Imaginary play opportunities: posting letters to different family members and giving them to family members who visit.
- an old, small cardboard box
- red paper
- black texta
- clear contact/tape
- cardboard from the recycling bin
- some printed envelope images
- sticky backed valcro to attach to shelving unit