Dramatic Play is one of my favourite ways for little learners to learn through play. It provides them with so many opportunities to experiment, problem solve and be creative! Not to mention, it’s also one of the easiest ways to develop oral language skills! Today I’d like to share our Post Office Dramatic Play corner!
Lately we’ve been watching the Post Man deliver the mail on his motorbike each day. Both of my children have been fascinated by the process! I decided to follow their lead and create a fun set of printables for setting up our very own Post Office!
First we worked together to create our Post Box! I wrapped an old nappy box in some white paper so that you couldn’t see any of the writing through the paint. Next my three year old painted the entire box with red paint. Once it had dried, we cut a slit in the front and a tab in the back. Lastly, we added the MAIL sign from my printable packet.
I also wrapped up some old boxes with brown wrapping paper. They looked like real little parcels! I also wrote on some addresses and glued stamps to some. Next I prepared all of my printables! I am so in love with the little stamps and fragile stickers (from my new Post Office Dramatic Play set).
Setting up the play space is one of my favourite parts of dramatic play. I collected all of my props and put together the first little space. I used a Kmart cube shelf to display some of the materials for sale like stamps, envelopes, postcards and cards. Up the top, I added two baskets for sorting mail and parcels ready for the delivery person to collect.
Next I set up the counter and realised the postbox looked much better there. I added a set of scales and set up the counter with cash register and price list. Finally we were ready to play!
It was so amazing to watch both of my little learners getting involved in the process! Even my one year old did some writing. The Post Office was a wonderful way to develop early writing skills in a way that was both fun and engaging!
So what do you think? Would your little learners enjoy role-playing in their own Post Office? If you’d like to grab a set of my Post Office Dramatic Play printables, just click the button below!