It’s the old saying that kids will find much much fun with a cardboard box rather than the many other toys they have!
Daniel loves to post letters for me and get the post from our own letterbox. I recently had the idea of making him a postbox. My parents have made one for him and it’s been a brilliant success so at the weekend we got out our postbox.
He loves it, but does get a bit shouty at Emma if she tries to join in! It is basically an empty wine box I’ve covered in red paper with a post slot cut out in the front and a bit cut out in the back (to retrieve the post from!). I have got some old envelopes and he loves posting these in. We will be extending this to group together things, so for example the blue envelopes, the envelopes with triangles on them etc. There is so much learning that we can do with this simple activity.
As both Daniel and Emma get older I plan to have a ‘sorting office’ where we can stamp letters and deliver them (so a range of postboxes made up with different pictures on them) so things like the envelopes with a D on to daddy, the M to mummy or the number 1 to box 1 etc. I hope it aids early literacy and numeracy whilst they simply enjoy themselves.