Home-made post box

This home-made game will let you and your baby play post box with family photos.

You will need the following:

  • A small box, like an empty tissue box
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Lids from jars
  • Photos or magazine cut outs

First, make the post box. Cut a hole in your cardboard box. You can decorate the box by covering it with wrapping paper so it looks eye-catching for your little one.

Next, cut out photos of loved ones, pets or pictures from magazines. Stick these to the clean, dry jar lids. These are what you'll be posting.

Now sit with your baby and the post box. Look at the photos together. Name the people in the photos, then post them into the post box.

Let your baby have a go once they've seen you do it.

You can put more than one lid in front of your baby and ask questions like 'Where's the dog?' and 'Which one shall we post?'

Praise them when they post something.

Good to know

This not only helps them with fine motor skills and problem solving but it is helping your baby understand that words have meaning.

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