Saturday, May 21, 2011


It has rained here. Non-stop. For seven days. We barely left the house. We tried to play briefly outside, but it was also thundering and lightening much of the time. So we were left to our own devices. And those devices found two Pampers boxes. We reassembled what we could, and then promptly turned them into a mailbox. The husband, Logan, and I painted the mailbox. And the husband used an exacto knife to cut through the cardboard for the door to the mailbox.
There was a little slot left in the top to slip letters and mail in. If I was ever redo this activity, I would reverse the flaps on top. But one side was ripped, so I had no choice.

The back slot was cut so the "mailman" can collect the mail and deliver it. We decided to make the back a little more colorful. So far it has been getting lots of use to hold blocks and the numbers from his floor mat. Over the next couple of days I'm going to add more mail related stuff, such as envelopes, stickers for stamps, and some junk mail (which we always seem to have plenty of).

Have you ever had a mail center? What have you created with a cardboard  box? I'm always interested in other ideas!

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  1. Very cute! I love that it's simple, and that you didn't do it all for him to make sure it looked perfect. It looks like he had fun! I was thinking about doing a post office day for our "stay at home Sunday" today, so this is perfect timing!

  2. This looks like a great way to stay busy during rainy days. Love it.

  3. Hi Justine! Just stopping by from Link & Learn. Looks like you're having much fun at home playing, crafting and learning. :)

    If you like, I would like to invite you to join in our weekly linky - High paw, it goes up every Friday and it's all about tots and preK age appropriate toys, activities, craft and play ideas. :)

  4. What a great idea!! Robbie and I need to make a mail center. I think he'd love to write, send, sort, distribute and read some mail. Thanks!!

  5. My son loves to get mail--this is a neat idea!

  6. What a fun & creative play center! Love that it was made out of pampers boxes - perfect way to reuse materials that would be thrown away!

    Thanks for linking with the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you tomorrow night for the next linky party!

    This craft will be one of our features! I was inspired by all the box crafts linked up this week.


  7. Mail boxes are a wonderful way to encourage kids to engage with print in a way that is meaningful and fun. Thanks for sharing yours :)

  8. Thank you so much! We are having a lot of fun playing with our mail box!

  9. LOVE this!!!!! I think I just got an idea for our big laundry detergent box!!!


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