What’s not to love about a post office—especially if, like this one, it’s the most happening place in town?
See how many crazy, zany, out-of-the-ordinary visitors and activities you and your little learner can spot in this most unusual gathering. Then have more fun counting, creating stories, and exploring new words.
Let’s get started:
1. Count on numbers . . . for fun.
Let your budding mathematician practice her counting skills. Ask, “How many post-office workers are in this picture? How many people are wearing hats? How many colors of postage stamps do you see?”
Ready for more? Let your child count how many pink shirts she sees, how many packages she can spot and, how many stamps there are in all.
2. Hone your child’s visual skills.
Invite your mini Sherlock Holmes to point to:
a. a man wearing suspenders
b. a plant growing out of a box
c. the fellow having dinner
d. a giraffe leaning in through a window
e. a creature mailing a package to another planet
3. And don’t lose sight of the following:
a. an apple on a scale
b. a rocket on a mail carrier’s back
c. hopscotch squares in the middle of the floor
4. Create a story about the curious creatures in this picture.
Use the prompts here to inspire your child to make up mini stories as he uses his imagination to fill in the blanks:
- The mail carrier who is wearing a rocket wants to go _________ (where) after work.
- The lady getting her hair blown dry is going to visit _________ (whom) next.
- The gentleman mailing the palm tree is sending it to his _________ (relative or friend).
- The girl carrying an armload of packages must be very _________ (what).
5. Enhance Critical Thinking
- Look at the blue supply station together and ask your child: What types of mailing supplies would you expect to find here? Envelopes of different sizes, tape, greeting cards, stamps?
- Which looks faster: using the self-service machine to weigh the apple or waiting in line to get help from a clerk?
- What does the “P.O.” stand for in “P.O. Boxes”?
6. Put your pencil to paper!
Talk to your child about all the different kinds of things people mail to one another, including birthday cards, packages, postcards, and letters.
Then ask your child what else comes in the mail.
Next, invite your artist in training to help you create stationery. You can craft designs around the borders of the pages using colored pencils, markers, or small stickers.
Or, stamp animals and letter shapes on blank cards, sheets of copy paper, or cardstock.
Cut out small pictures from magazines or from wrapping paper, and glue them onto paper using a glue stick or double-sided tape.
7. Write . . . and then send.
Invite your child to pen a letter or a card to someone special—a friend, a grandparent, or an aunt or uncle. Then visit the post office together. Wait in line to buy stamps. Ask the postmaster to show your child different kinds of stamps, and let your little letter writer choose some she likes. Show her where the stamp and the return address label go. Have her drop the letter into the mail slot. At home, help her keep an eye out for the mail carrier. You never know. She just might get a letter of her own.
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