Imaginary Play - Post Office
Children will communicate what they intend to do during imaginary play. They can use props and toys as they act out certain situations from the story, or made-up scenarios similar to what they read/heard about.
Children will communicate what they intend to do during imaginary play. They can use props and toys as they act out certain situations. Brainstorm with the child(ren) about different things they may add to the play area for that specific theme. Once they are done playing, they can draw a picture and write to tell what they enjoyed the most.
- Props and toys
- Mailbox or box decorated like a mailbox
- Paper, blank cards, index cards, etc.
- Writing tools such as pencils, markers, crayones, etc.
- Stickers to represent stamps
- An established place for outgoing and incoming mail
- Also consider
- A hat
- A bag to deliver mail
- Placing children’s names and addresses on labels for delivery and practice of these skills
Background for Teachers/Parents
Gather materials for children to play with in one location. Know your child(ren) to help determine if they may need more realistic props or can re-purpose other things as they make them into props.
You may want to share a virtual field trip video like the one included here to help children know about the workings of a post office to help them brainstorm items to place in the play area.
You could use this idea around Christmas time to send cards, Valentine’s Day, letters to moms for Mother’s Day, etc.
Intended Learning Outcomes
- Children will play cooperatively with others.
- Children will plan their play and help to gather materials.
Time Frame & Group Size
Time Frame: 20-30 minutes
Group Size: Small group
- LLP 3 & 4 yr.6.5
- HE 3 & 4 yr.2.3
- LLP 3 & 4 yr.1.4
Additional Core Standards:
- LLP 3 & 4 yr. 6.2
- HE 3 & 4 yr.2.2
Depending on what the child chooses to use:
- ELA 3 & 4 yr. 3.1 or 3.1-3
- FA 3 & 4 yr.4.1