This simple and fun play post office is the perfect dramatic play activity for preschool and elementary kids. They’ll love creating, sorting, and delivering the mail!
When I was in third grade my teachers set up a post office in our classroom and we had to write addresses for each of our classmates’ valentines. There was a whole system for sorting and delivering the mail, and it was super-fun! Lately, I’ve been thinking of ways we can change up our playroom. And with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, what better than to set up a play post office?
How to set up a play post office.
First, the big pieces…
I turned our IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen around and added a couple of signs to the back to make a post office counter. I also temporarily removed the faucet from underneath with a screwdriver.
Our kids’ table and chairs- also from Ikea, were a natural place for the kids to do their stamping and valentine-making. I also like that they’re behind the post office counter- so the mess is sort of contained in that small corner, instead of spread around the house. And we all know there’s going to be a mess- but they’re having so much fun that I’m going to look past
The big blue mailbox.
The perfect-sized box for the big blue post office mailbox turned out to be a beat-up old box from Costco. It really wasn’t in good shape, so I wrapped it with thick wrapping paper and spray painted it blue. Of course, if the box was nicer I could have just spray painted the box. Or if I happened to have blue wrapping paper on hand that would have been simpler too. I used a white paint pen and some white electrical tape around the mail slot.
I used a utility knife to cut a slot in the front, and another hole in the back for easy mail
Now we can sort the mail and packages coming through the post office into categories before they go out for delivery.
Mail Carrier Bags
These are just reusable grocery bags from the dollar store. I spray-painted them white, cut off the handles, and attached a long strip of blue fabric I had left over from another project with super glue, so they hang like messenger bags. White canvas tote bags like these would work well too and save a few steps.
Next, I wrote the lettering and colored stripes with paint pens. This pack has red, white, and blue, which should cover everything you need for this project.
And last, but of course not least, the mailboxes. I’ll show you how to make these easy personalized Valentines’ mailboxes.
Okay, I think that’s everything! Did you enjoy this post? Please share the love and pin it! And of course, Happy Valentine’s Day!