A favorite area in our Early Childhood classrooms is the dramatic play center. This can transform into a bakery, pizza restaurant, beach, castle, or post office with just a few additions. We follow the lead of the children and set up what they love to explore! All you need is a little imagination.
The most important part of dramatic play is providing the opportunity for collaborative play (even if it's with mom and dad at home) and cooperation. It also actively engages a young child's creativity and expands real life experiences. Now, we're not likely rushing to the post office these days, but we all still receive mail on a daily basis. Perhaps you even receive your groceries through the mail!
Below is a link to free printables to help create your own post office, complete with printable stamps (for cutting and decorating), a mailbox template, post office sign, and a list of words your child might like to try writing as they address letters and write notes.
This is the core of our dramatic play centers. Depending on what you have, you can expand this play. A large box can be painted and decorated to become a USPS truck. Add empty boxes for fun "delivering" the mail around the house. If you have bubble wrap, packing paper, or envelopes, add them to your play area for extra fun!
All of the below printables are provided by the blog, Picklebums.