💡Skills: Writing letters helps children develop literacy skills and pretending helps children understand a delivery person’s job. Making their own mailboxes helps your young hero develop the muscles in their hands and fingers!
Blue’s Clues’ fans know the power of the mailbox and the delivery people who bring mail and packages to our homes! Work with your little delivery guy or gal to make a mailbox, fill it with handmade letters, and deliver them around home.
☑ Empty Box (a shoe box, a tissue box, an empty cracker box, etc.)
☑ Markers, crayons, or pencils
☑ Printable (optional)
Here’s how to explain this activity to your child:
- Remember the Mailbox in Blues Clues? Let’s create our own mailbox and letters and then deliver them to learn about the amazing mail carriers and delivery people who make sure we get our letters and packages at home!
- First, let’s make a cardboard box into a mailbox. We can use glue, paper, scissors, crayons, and markers to decorate, and cut a hole on the top for the letters.
- Now, let’s fill up the box with homemade letters and packages! I will write a letter to you and you can write one to me. We need to put the name on the outside so that the delivery person knows who should get each letter.
- It’s time to do the deliveries! Let’s make sure that every letter gets to the right person. You’re a delivery hero!
If your child needs an extra challenge, wait a few days for the mailbox to fill up and then deliver all the mail. Make special stamps out of stickers or crayons to put on each letter. Add the address, e.g., “Maria’s room” or “Kitchen.” Or try creating a card using Noggin’s printable mail kit and put it in the mailbox for your real mail delivery person to say thank you. If your child is younger, work together to create one card and deliver it to someone in your home.
Extend the Learning
Print your mailtime kit, get inspired to decorate your mailbox, and sing the “Mail Time” song along with Josh, Joe and Steve!
Words to Use
- Deliver – to bring something to someone
- Package – something wrapped up in a box
- Mailbox – where you put letters to send them to someone
- Mail Carrier – the person who picks up letters and brings them to the right place
- Delivery Person – the person who picks up packages and brings them to the right place