Wednesday 31 August 2011

Making a cardboard postbox and letters

The good thing about making toys for toddlers is that they have such a good imagination that you don't need to be too realistic! We made this postbox from a cardboard box that happened to enter our house the other day, we seem to end up with loads!

Post box pretend play for children

It's about the size of a cereal box, but made of sturdier cardboard. I cut off the bottom, cut a slit in one side, then we painted it bright red.

Child painting a box

While it was drying we made some letters. I used various odd envelopes, and we used stickers and crayons to decorate. I've since discovered that Twinkl Resources have a fantastic Post Office Role Play Pack (Twinkl subscriber resource) that is full of fun printables to make your own post office with signs and stamps that you can print out. On our Beach Themed Day we also made postcards using the blank postcard templates (free download) which would also work really well.

Child writing

We made a letter for everyone in the house, plus one which Harry decided was for "People". He had a lot of fun making these!

Child made letters and postcards

Then when the postbox was dry Harry could post the letters.

Child with homemade postbox

I don't think that these letters will last very long, so I might make some more up and laminate them (I do love my laminator!) to make them a bit sturdier. When Harry is a bit bigger there is a lot of potential to develop this activity. I love the blog post on ikatbag where they have made not only a general postbox, but personalised individual ones for each member of the family! There are also loads of ideas on this blog for other things to make out of cardboard boxes.  


  1. Harry always puts our letters in the postbox when we take him out but this one is easier for him to reach :)

  2. coolies !!!!!!!!!!!
    love it !!!


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