Dinosaur & Kitty Valentine Mailboxes

A quick post today to share an easy way I've been incorporating a little more fun literacy practice into our day.  I made both of my preschoolers a Valentine mailbox.  My daughter wanted a kitty and my son wanted a dinosaur. (That is supposed to be a triceratops.  I was hoping he'd ask for something easier like a monster, which is actually what my husband thought it was.  hmph.)

They are made from boxes with a mouth shape cut out.  I used tissue paper and a mixture of glue and water to make them the color I wanted.  The rest is just construction paper, paper plates, ribbon, and google eyes.

I leave little surprises in there a couple of times a day.  Something simple like a Valentine maze or heart shapes to cut out.  (You can find lots of printable Valentine activities at Busy Bee Kids Crafts and KidSparkz.)  The kids are always thrilled to find something in their mailbox and sit down to work on it immediately.

I hope you'll check out these 10 other Valentine's Day literacy activities for toddlers and preschoolers too.

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9 comments:

  1. I love the idea of leaving things in their mailboxes!

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  2. Mailboxes are so cute - my boys loved the monster!

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  4. My daughter loves these!!! Too cute!!! What is the actual box or made of?

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    1. One is a cereal box and one is a gogurt box. Any type of box would work, I think.

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  5. This is wonderful! I love each of those cute boxes! I would also LOVE to invite you to share this post (and others, if you like) in our Linky Party. We have lots of creative learning ideas linked up each week and your would fit right in! Looking forward to seeing more from you :) http://www.sugaraunts.com/2013/02/share-it-saturday-5.html
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

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  6. Those mailboxes are too cute! I bet they will use them long past Valentine's Day.

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  7. Hi! We will be featuring your post on our Share It Saturday link up party tomorrow. www.sugaraunts.com. Thanks for sharing with us and we hope to see your fabulous ideas again!!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

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