Me Now LOVES to check the letterbox! The excitement every time we walk out (or in!) the door is overwhelming. I think it is a stage every 2 year old experiences. Me Too is equally as interested in what might be in the letterbox. If we happen to be lucky enough to be outside when the postie arrives it truly makes their day!
This week we bought a book with a story about a postie and decided to make a letterbox from a cardboard box. This simple box inspired an afternoon of letter creation and delivery. The box was moved from room to room and envelopes were filled and opened. Stickers were used for stamps and Me Too identified names for each member of the family and copied them into letters.
The boys were so excited we decided to set up a letter writing corner, complete with a real letterbox from Bunnings…a bargain at $10.40!
I wish I could convey the level of excitement and engagement we experienced. The boys wrote letter after letter, delivering them and discovering letters that had been written to them. They wrote me lovely notes (lots of ‘I love you Mum’), wrote to their Dad who was away for work and letters for grandparents. We talked about how an envelope is addressed, the place of the stamp and how it gets from the red post box to the recipient. There is LOTS of learning involved in this fun activity.
Mr Me, who often avoids writing, gladly sat down, initiating letters. The word wall give ideas, correct spelling and conventions of letter writing. I created a flick book of the addresses of family and friends for him to copy and a sample of the back of the envelope showing the sender details (addresses covered for privacy).
For Me Too I created a sticker sheet of names and words he could stick onto his letters. Occasionally he copied them (first writing!), but importantly he was recognising names of family and friends and identifying initial sounds.
Me Now has lots of stickers and colourful paper for his letters.
I plan on mounting the letterbox in their bedroom as a permanent fixture. For now they are enjoying setting it up around the house. As time goes on I can see this being a beautiful form of communication for our family and a lovely way to leave surprises for each other.