Lunch Bag Mailbox
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Lunch Bag Mailbox

Age Range: 3-5
Craft Time: Under 30 mins
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Construction Paper
  • Paper Envelope
  • Crayola® Markers
  • Flat Paper Stickers of Choice
  • Foam Stickers - Alphabet
  • Paper Craft Sack
  • Craft Smart® All Purpose Glue
 
 

Developmental Skills

 
  • Fine Motor
  • Visual/Spatial
  • Cognitive
  • Social/Emotional
 

Project Instructions

  1. Do teacher preparation first. (See "Teacher Preparation" below.)
  2. Then, get students to decorate paper bags with stickers and shapes cut from the construction paper. Ideas include a red mailbox flag or a white rectangular envelope. Write name with marker or use sticker letters to put name on both sides of name plate, with assistance if necessary.
  3. Fold a name plate made from white paper ½ inch from bottom, then glue to the top of the mailbox. Cut out red flag and glue to the side of the mailbox.
  4. Draw a picture on quartered construction paper to be the letter. If students are able, they can address the letter to a classmate. Remind students to write their own name at the bottom of the letter, with assistance if necessary.
  5. Place the letter inside the envelope. Write the name of classmate to whom they wish to send their letter on outside of the envelope, with assistance if necessary, so it can be delivered to that student.

Tips

Have students "deliver" the mail during center time or singing time (singing favorite mail-related song), to help them recognize each others' names. This activity is appropriate for special needs students as well.

Teachers should make sure each student gets a letter addressed to them.

Craft Notes

TEACHER PREPARATION

Fold back about 2 inches at the open edge of the craft sacks.
Cut 2½ inch x 6 inch strips of construction paper for name plates.
Cut white construction paper in quarters for letters, making enough sheets for every student.
Assemble supplies for activity.

Adult supervision is required at all times.

Background

This project will help students learn to recognize the names of their classmates while role-playing the job of a mail carrier. It is an opportunity for students to utilize their fine motor skills and experience positive social interactions.

Tip: Have students "deliver" the mail during circle time or singing time, so that the whole group can practice recognizing each other's names. Teachers should make sure each student gets a letter addressed to him or her.