I made a post box like this for Felix a long time ago, and it has been a successful homemade toy for both him, and now Minnie, to develop their hand-eye coordination and pincer grip. Now he’s older and learning to write, so we decided to make a new one together and reinvent its purpose. We’re going to write messages to each other and post them in the box. It’s a great way for boys to take interest in practicing their writing skills.


here's what you'll need...

  • Lidded cardboard tub (hot chocolate, or similar)
  • Tissue paper
  • Red paint
  • Craft knife
  • Water based craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • White paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Black pen

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Firstly, using the craft knife cut a small rectangular hole near the top of the tub. The adult will need to do this part, as craft knives are very sharp.


  • 2

    Next mix a little water with some craft glue and use it to add a few layers of tissue paper to the outside of the tub. This creates a good base for the paint to stick to.


  • 3

    Once this has dried, mix a little craft glue with the red paint, and paint the tub. The glue helps to stop the paint from flaking.


  • 4

    Draw and cut out a small rectangle for the collection times sign and fill in some detail. Perhaps you could add your name or a picture here. Stick this on with the glue stick, and your post box is finished!


  • 5

    We cut some small note sized papers and left a pen next to the post box, ready for our messages to each other.


    Minnie uses some little wooden tiles, that we found in a craft shop, for her posting game.


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By Claire Dearing on 22.05.15

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