Alphabet Activity – Pretend Play With Letters

alphabet mail activity for kidsThis was a rainy Sunday activity thrown together with a old favorite pretend play prop. It’s a great alphabet activity with a focus on pretend play and part of our Alphabet For Starters series.  My son and I made this mail box years ago and it had been a while since I’d dug it out of my son’s closet to play.  We added in some envelopes and letters and got down to the serious business of play!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a super cool mailbox like this one we made from a box, some envelopes, small squares of paper, markers, plain labels, and a bag or purse to use as a mail bag.alphabet mail
  2. Start by having your child write some letters.alphabet mail 2
  3. While they do that write out the envelopes with upper and lowercase letters.alphabet mail 3
  4. Fill them with the letters your child writes. I filled a few with other letters as well . alphabet mail 5
  5. Next add stamps. Ours were added haphazardly after my daughter demanded we find some. I just wrote STAMP on some plain labels.alphabet mail 6
  6. Pop them on the envelopes.alphabet mail 7
  7. Time to play.alphabet mail 9 We put each letter in the mailbox stopping to read each envelope as we did. alphabet mail 10
  8. When we were done she lifted the box and the play turned into receiving mail. alphabet mail 11
  9. She loved opening them. alphabet mail 13Some were filled with the letters she wrote and some had more letters of the alphabet on them. Label what they open as they do. As we played some of the letters were pretend invites to parties, others were letters from grandparents and one was a bill which cracked me up. alphabet mail 12

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Comments

  1. Jamie says

    This is a great idea! My son has learned his uppercase letters but needs help recognizing lowercase letters. I think this will be a great idea- to match the lowercase letters into the uppercase envelopes then into the mailbox. Maybe even have him practice writing the uppercase letter on the envelopes. So many ways to expand this idea. Thank you!

  2. Catherine@Momma's Fun World says

    What an awesome idea!! I love this. Pinned and sharing on FB. Can’t wait to do this with my 2 kids. They will love this. Thanks :-)

  3. Joanna says

    I love this idea, I am going to use it when we are talking about occupations. I also do similar activity, where I have three boxes like that but they have letter on them. Children have to run with their envelop, which also has a letter on it, to the correct mail box.

  4. Dori says

    I cut the stamps off mail we receive and recycle them by having the kids use glue sticks to put them on their “mail” I also recycle the envelopes that come in some of the mail and have the kids use those.They love writing mail to their friends in class as well as to other family members!

  5. Claudia says

    Freebie stickers (that can come in donation and membership request mailings sent from animal, nature or other organizations) make colorful “stamps” for Mail Activities. Ask friends or family to save free stickers … before you know it, you’ll have a bunch to use. Kids also love to “sort” and “deliver” the envelopes and postcards (that were deposited into the pretend mail box) to cubbies or bins. Delivery can even take place using a shoulder, shopping-style bag! With explanation and depending on age/ability, the “stamps” can be “cancelled” before delivering takes place, too. Thank you notes or drawn postcards are other discussion topics and possible activity in this category.
    Allison, I just discovered your wonderful website today and I l-o-v-e it. Really nice work … great activity ideas and book info! Kudos.

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