This super sweet Mailing Letters Alphabet Games will not only keep your child entertained for a long time as they engage in imaginative play, but it will also help them re-enforce their letters skills and get them ready for reading!
Recently my (at the time) 2 year old finally decided that he was willing to participate in the fun learning activities I had ready for him involving the alphabet.
Don’t get me wrong, he loves all kinds of different learning games… but for some reason, when I would start trying to teach him the alphabet specifically, he would resist. Heartily.
That all changed when he learned the ABC’s song and started playing around with letters more! After a few days of playing with his first alphabet game, he was ready for “anudder” letters game, so I whipped up this PRECIOUS alphabet letter mailing game!
Bonus: It’s laminated so you can use it for many years to come and many children too!
Learning Letters: Mailing “Letters” Alphabet Games
Kids this age are usually fascinated with the mail, and my son is no exception. He loves to send letters to his out of town grandparents and is even happier when there is a piece of mail for him.
So the fact that he got to have his very own mailbox right in his house AND could stick the stamps to the letters and have them actually stick was almost too much for him!
This game is very sturdy and long lasting as it’s laminated to allow the application of Velcro for the realistic stamp action.
To Make Your Own Mailing “Letters” Alphabet Game
Before you start this craft, make sure you have all the supplies. Once you have that gathered up, you’re ready for step 1!
26 Velcro coin sets
Lamination options (here’s what I use)
1 brass brad
Glue (stick or liquid is fine)
Blue construction paper
An oatmeal container or shoe box
Step 1: Printing and Lamination
First, print out all the pages for this game (access at the bottom of this post).
Once you have it printed out (I recommend cardstock), cut out each piece along the black line to prepare for laminating. Make sure that you leave about 1/2″ spacing between each piece as you laminate.
You really do want to laminate this project as the Velcro would tear regular paper over time and this game would only be good for a few uses.
Laminating it ensures it can be used over and over again!
I use the Ultima35 EZ Load roll lamination machine as it’s small enough to be a home machine, but it’s just as powerful as the ones you would find in professional settings! Plus, it’s a roll laminator which I LOVE – Don’t get me started on pouch lamination machines 🙂
I adore this machine and let me tell you, you will too!
You need this if you are:
A mom of small kids! Or big kids! Or even medium kids 😉
Homeschooling your kids
Someone who likes to stay organized
A teacher of any grade
A grandma who likes to craft
A person who doesn’t like to waste ink by printing the same things over and over again!
Step 2: Cutting the Laminated Pieces
Now that you have all your nicely laminated pieces, go ahead and cut out all the letters and stamps leaving about 1/8″ of edging out from the paper – Like so.
Step 3: Attaching the Velcro
Grab your velcro rounds and cross the two different types as shown below so that your entire roll doesn’t get partially connected. It’s a real pain to undo… ask me how I know 😉
Remove the top strip, leaving the two dots connected. Place a stamp on top of the two dots (make sure it’s centered as best you can) and press firmly.
Remove the stamp from the strip WITH the 2 dots still connected.
Next, place the entire combination onto the corresponding letter. Make sure the stamp is where you want it, because it’s very hard to remove the adhesive once placed. Press firmly.
You’ll now be able to remove the stamp from the letter and both pieces will have half of the Velcro in place for re-attachment!
Repeat step 3 for each letter/stamp set.
Step 4: Creating the Mailbox
Grab your oatmeal container, shoebox, or the box for your latest Amazon purchase and wrap the whole thing in blue cardstock. Or whatever color you want the mailbox to be, doesn’t have to be blue!
Cut and paste on the MAIL logo and place the flag with a brad, if desired.
Be sure to cut a slot large enough for your letters. I made that mistake the first time and my son was not impressed! Ha!
Playing With the Mailing “Letters” Alphabet Game
Since he’s been playing with the letter matching game I made a while back, he didn’t need any instructions to start matching up the letters to their stamps…
We will work on proper letter orientation over time 😉
He had a blast mailing his letters over and over again!