Free Toy Post Box

How to make your own toy letter boxes

By Alexandra Smith

If your child loves posting letters or is just a little curious about the letters coming through the door then they should enjoy this easy-to-make toy.
Must we have these on all the doors?

You will need:
Box flaps with pre-cut handles.
Sticky Tack.
Receipts, vouchers or other slips paper.

What to do:
Remove the flap from the box.  Use four big blobs of tack to attach the flap to a door so that the ‘letter box’ opens outwards.  The tack should hold the ‘letter box’ away from the door’s surface so that when your child puts ‘letters’ through it the paper will slide through and fall down to the floor.  All you have to do now is fold up some old receipts to make ‘letters’ and show your child how to post them!

Educational Opportunity:
If you don’t mind card stuck to all your doors then your child could pretend to do a post man / post lady’s job round the home.  Add door numbers under ten and corresponding numbers on the ‘letters’ if you think your young child is ready to recognise and match numbers.  For older children, you could write sums on the letters and the sums’ answers could lead them to a particular door number.

Safety:
Don’t use tack if it will remove loose paint from your door as paint can be hazardous.  Be aware that tack should not be eaten and can present a choking hazard.  Supervise your child while they are playing in case they get their hand stuck.  Note that the straight edges of paper or thin card can cause cuts so you may like to put a suitable tape along them.  As with all toys and homemade things, children should be supervised when using them.  Be aware that parts of the card, paper and glue or tape may break off and present a choking hazard.  Do not use cardboard or paper which has previously packaged poisonous or hazardous substances.  Take care when using scissors and keep them out of children’s reach.  Always use safe glue and other non-toxic artistic materials.



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