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While checking out at my local big box store, I spotted some cubby shaped cardboard boxes and I knew I could turn them into an awesome (and free) post office play center for my kids. Here is how I turned those cardboard boxes into a Post Office Dramatic Play Center in about an hour that my kids went nuts over!

As a bonus, I’ve also included the printable PDF graphics I used to create the center so you can create your own center in a flash!

Our Post Office Dramatic Play Center included mailboxes for each member of our family (we later put everyone's names on the labels) and a large general mailbox, where customers could drop their mail.
Our Post Office Dramatic Play Center included mailboxes for each member of our family (we later put everyone’s names on the labels) and a large general mailbox, where customers could drop their mail.

Post Office Dramatic Play develops writing, reading, and social skills

Dramatic play is often called pretend play or imaginative play, and it’s important! It teaches social, language, fine motor, math, and literacy skills.

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Post office dramatic play gives kids an opportunity to practice writing letters and notes to one another. My preschoolers are 4 and they are just learning to write words, but they enjoy writing their names and the names of our family members as the “To” and “From” parts of the mail.

Additionally, we usually assign a person as the mail sorter, where they can recognize names on the pieces of mail and on the mailboxes. Sorting mail gives kids an opportunity to learn to identify names.

We also often count the pieces of mail, practicing preschool math skills.

Create Mailboxes from Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes I used to create the mailboxes in our post office dramatic play center.
I took (with permission) these cubby shaped cardboard boxes from a local big box store and taped them together to construct our mailboxes.

To create our Post Office Dramatic Play center, first tape cardboard boxes to make individual mailboxes. I used cubby shaped boxes, but think soft drink cardboard boxes, tissue boxes, or shoe boxes would also work.

I used packing tape to hold them together, then lined the boxes with colored construction paper and created name labels on the bottom. If your kids can’t yet recognize their written names, pictures of each person might be a helpful addition.

Finished mailboxes with labels for individuals.
Once the cubby-shaped boxes were taped together, I covered them with tape and construction paper and added labels to designate the owners of the mailboxes.

In addition to individual mailboxes, I created a larger, general mailbox where customers can drop their mail. I used a divided large cardboard box and covered it with colored paper and a Mail image. You can get this Mail image, along with all the other graphics I used, below in the Post Office Dramatic Play printable PDF.

Create Letter Writing Station

Setting up a place where kids can create their own mail is so easy, and my kids really love it!

Post card graphics, which you can download below, give kids a place to address their mail, write or draw a message, and also add a stamp (affiliate link) for postage. I also find that plain paper is a nice addition so kids can have a larger space to create whatever they want to mail.

Printable post card graphics which can be downloaded for free by email subscribers.
Post card graphics give kids an opportunity to practice writing names and create notes and drawings for each other.

In addition to the paper, I set a box of crayons nearby and a stamp and stamp pad (affiliate link) for postage. I also think that stickers could serve well as stamps.

Accessories to Take Post Office Dramatic Play to the Next Level

There are a few additional accessories that I have found take Post Office Dramatic Play up a notch.

First, a vehicle that can serve as a mail truck is so fun. One child can then play the role of the mail carrier and pick it up from the large general mailbox and distribute it. We used a toy grocery cart (affiliate link), but I think a small wagon can also work. If you don’t have a vehicle, try a reusable grocery bag.

A grocery cart is a fun addition to a post office dramatic play center because one child can distribute mail to mailboxes with it.
We used a grocery cart to create a “mail truck.” One person can act as the mail carrier and distribute the mail from the general mail box to the individual mailboxes.

A cash register (affiliate link) is also a fun accessory. Customers can pay to mail their packages, while one kid plays the role of the postal worker.

In addition to letters, small packages that kids can fill and mail are also fun. I collect a few small toys and make them available to my kids to mail to one another. For the packaging, I reuse bubble mailers that we receive.

Get Post Office Dramatic Play PDFs

The graphics that I used to create my Post Office Dramatic Play center are free and printable to email subscribers. Once you subscribe and confirm your subscription, you’ll receive an additional email with the password to my Printable Resources page.

Post card and mail graphics are available to download for email subscribers.
Post card and mail graphics are available to download for email subscribers.

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Email subscribers receive access to an entire library of free printable resources. There are lots of free preschool resources there, including Alphabet Coloring Pages, Preschool Math Workbook, Preschool Cutting Workbook, and much more!

Let me know what you think!

I’d love to hear what you think of my Post Office Dramatic Play center. If you create one, please let me know how it goes! I’d also love to answer any questions you have. Please leave a comment below.

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