Friday, November 25, 2011

Mail

Book Suggestions:
Mickey Flies the Christmas Mail by Annie North Bedford
Millie Waits for Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier
Owney the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves by Gail Gibbons
Bunny Mail by Rosemary Wells
Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers by Ann Owen
A Day with a Mail Carrier by Jan Kottke

Activities:

Envelope Fun:
Materials: envelopes, a variety of paper shapes, letters, or colors
Description: Show your toddler and envelope and talk to them about what they are used for. Cut out shapes or letters from construction paper and put them inside envelopes. Have your toddler open one envelope at a time and name the shape, color or letter. Your little one can then take time to place each item back inside each envelope and do this activity over and over again. Throughout the week, your toddler could do shapes, colors, and letters.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development



Field Trip to the Post Office:
Description: Take your toddler to visit your local post office. Walk through the post office and point out the P.O. Boxes, stamps, mailing boxes and envelopes. Bring letters or packages to mail and have your toddler help you stamp each item and place it in the correct mailing slot.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot Language Development, teach your tot about community helpers, teach your tot to develop a sense of community, teach your tot about the world around them



Toy Package:
Materials: toy, box, mailing label, mailing wrapping paper, tape
Description: You and your toddler can pick out a toy or other items for a needy child or family. Have your toddler help you place the items in a box and talk with your toddler about why you are giving these things to needy people. Wrap up the box either with mailing paper or wrapping paper and your little one can help you deliver it to the post office or toy drop in your community. Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop a sense of giving and helping, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skills

Write a Letter to someone special:
Materials: paper, pen, markers, crayons, envelope, stamp
Description: You and your toddler can write a letter to someone special together. Have your toddler choose someone that they would like to write to. Talk with your little one about how we start letters with the word Dear. Your little one can tell you what to write as you write. Have your toddler draw or color a special picture to include in the letter. Your toddler can even practice writing their name (if they are big enough). Your toddler can help you put the letter in the envelope and put a stamp on it. Address the envelope as your toddler watches, talking to them about everything you are doing!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot kindness, teach your tot motor skills



Remember Your Address:
Description: This would be a great week to teach your toddler their address. It is important for them to eventually learn their phone number and address. Take your toddler outside and show them the numbers on your house. You could even walk with your toddler and show them the street sign of the street that they live on. Write their address big on a piece of paper, chalk board, or white board and practice saying it over and over throughout the week with your little one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to memorize address, teach your tot community development

Cards:
Materials: a card, envelope, pen
Description: Another type of mail that is common are greeting cards. Take your toddler to the store and browse with them through the card section. Talk with your toddler about all the reasons that we can send cards (thank you, birthdays, get well, congratulations etc.). While you are there, or before you go to the store, think of someone to send a card to. You and your toddler can choose a card together. When you get home you and your little one can read the card together again and sign it. This is a fun way for your little one to practice writing their name. If your toddler is still too young to write their name, they could color on it or draw a smiley face etc. Talk with your toddler as your address the envelope and together you can place it in the mailbox.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot kindness


Mailman:
Materials: a bag, envelopes, paper, crayons, shoes boxes
Description: Your toddler can pretend to be a mailman or mail woman! Together, make mailboxes for each person in your family. You can decorate them and write each person's name on them (get creative!). Place each mailbox outside of each person's room. Next your toddler can draw/write letters to everyone in your family and put the letters into envelopes. On the front of each envelope help your toddler by writing the name of who each letter is to. They can even glue a picture of the person on the envelope. Place all the letters into your toddler's mailbag and they can go from mailbox to mailbox delivering their letters.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers



Envelopes are rectangles:
Materials: envelope, markers, crayons, paint
Description: Give your toddler an envelope. Ask them what shape the envelope is. Talk about rectangles and see if you can find other things that are rectangles in the house. Let your little one get creative decorating it. They can use markers, crayons paints etc. Write the word rectangle on the envelope.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to be creative



E is for Envelope:
Materials: envelope, marker
Description: Show your toddler an envelope and have them say it with you. Write a big letter E on the envelope and see if they can identify the letter. Talk about what sounds E makes and that envelope begins with E. Post the envelope somewhere where your toddler can see it all week and refer to it throughout the week, reminding them of the sound that E makes. (You could post it next to any other letter pictures that you have made for your toddler and review all of them.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot beginning phonemic awareness, teach your tot language development



Get the mail:
Description: Take your toddler outside to your mailbox and help your toddler get the mail (you could even wait for the mailman to come to your house and get your mail from him/her). Bring your mail inside and help your toddler count each piece. You and your little one can sort your mail by color or size of the envelopes. See if your toddler can find letters on the mail. Have your toddler tell you the shape of each envelopes. Last, you can help your toddler put the mail in order from biggest to smallest or smallest to biggest.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to recognize small and large, teach your tot about community helpers, teach your tot language skills



Songs and Fingerplays:

Mail Mail Mail:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Mail mail mail
Mail mail mail
The mailman brings us mail.
Rain or Sun
Snow or Hail
The mailman brings us mail.

Mail mail mail
Mail mail mail
I can send mail.
I write a note
to a friend
Address and stamp the envelope!

Mail mail mail
Mail mail mail
Mail from here to there.
Mail is sent everyday
to places everywhere!

Santa Gets my Mail:
(sung to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush)

Every year in December
Children from all over the world,
Write letters to Santa Claus
In hopes that they'll be heard!

Begin the letter Dear Santa Claus
I've been good all year.
Ask him for the things you want
And be sure to say please.

When your letter is ready to go.
Address your envelope.
Put a stamp in the corner
And send it with love and hope!

Letters:
(Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I write letters to my friends
to my friends, to my friends.
I write letters to my friends
To tell them they are special.

I put the letter in an envelope
Envelope, envelope
I put the letter in an envelope
To send to my friend.

On the envelope I write the address,
write the address, write the address.
On the envelope I write the address
So the mailman knows where it will go.

I put a stamp in the corner
In the corner, in the corner
I put a stamp in the corner
of the envelope.

I place my letter in the mailbox
in the mailbox, in the mailbox.
I place my letter in the mailbox
and the mailman will take it away.

Online Fun:

Coloring Pages at Coloring.ws:
Mailman
Videos at Sesame Street Online:
The Post Office
Draw a Mailman
Counting Mailbags

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