Children love getting mail, even if there’s no stamp on it! With this simple but fun craft, children can make their own mailbox to hang outside their bedroom door.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Shoe box
- Acrylic Craft Paint (This comes in small bottles and can be found at Wal-Mart or arts and crafts stores for about $1.00 each)
- Paint brushes
- Container for water
- Styrofoam plate
- Paper Towels
- Painting smock
- White school glue
- Decorative items including stickers, jewels, and/or sequins
Prepare the Box
Before beginning, use the scissors to cut a horizontal slit in one of the shorter sides of the box. Make sure it’s large enough for the mail to go through.
Help your child set up the work area and explain the steps as you go. Cover the table top with newspaper; this will protect the table, and it won’t get any paint on it. Next, fill the container with water. The water will be used to clean the paint brushes. Place the Styrofoam plate on the table; this will be the palette. Pour a little of each desired paint color onto the “palette.” Have your child put on the painting smock, and she’s ready to start!
What to Do:
Remove the lid from the box and start painting! Have your child dip into the first paint color and begin covering the box. If your child wants to change colors, she should clean her brush first. Show her how to swirl it around in the water and dab it onto a paper towel to make sure it’s clean. Your child might paint the box a single color, or she could make it a rainbow of colors.
When she’s finished painting the box, have her paint the lid next. Acrylic paints dry quickly, so by the time the lid is completed, the paint on the box will most likely be dry. Your child can now add some decorative touches with stickers, jewels, and sequins.
Time for the mail to be delivered! Here are some ideas:
- Write your child a letter or a card and slip it into the box.
- Cut fun pictures out of magazines and put them in her mailbox.
- Make a mailbox with her. Write notes to each other and slip them in the boxes.
- Create a box for each member of the family. When the mail arrives each day, sort it out in the boxes. Give your child the junk mail and ads you receive, and let her slip them in her mailbox.
What are some other ways your child uses her mailbox?
Photo by Carly & Art