Make a Mailbox

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Kids just love the mail and playing mailbox, and this is true even before they fully understand what the pretend play is all about! So today I made Veronika her first mailbox, simply by cutting a slit in an old shoebox.

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We had fun decorating it together; while Veronika proudly scribbled in purple, I added “U.S. Mail” across the top and some red and blue coloration.

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It was time to send the mail! Use old envelopes or stationary or even playing cards for your “letters”. I showed her how to put them in the slot…

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…and then reach in to take them out again. She got the hang of it right away.

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Add to the pretend play by addressing a note or two to your baby. You can then pretend to “read” the mail together.

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For proof that games like this never grow old, big brother Travis needed to horn in on the action.

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Soon he was practicing his handwriting as he addressed letters, mailing them through the slot, and opening them back up again.

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It kept both of them entertained for ages!

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You can finish the fun with a trip to a real post office, or even just a stop to watch a mail carrier at work, delivering letters from the truck.

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