Wrap. Color. Unwrap.
This activity could be done before or after your trip to the Post Office, depending on whether you wish to actually mail it or just talk more about packages. The process of wrapping and unwrapping packages is often the most exciting part of mail. To celebrate this idea, we wrapped a box in plain brown paper, decorated it, and unwrapped. Simple and super fun.
Tape a large box shut.
Prepare large pieces of paper to cover all sides.
Have tape and art materials ready to go.
Start by wrapping the box. We did this activity near a birthday party so the wrapping gave us an opportunity to talk about giving gifts. To be fair, I did most of the wrapping, but I had enthusiatic help with the tape.
Then my children decorated the box with markers. We made sure to flip it over and walked all around the box to cover every side. We did this when they were tiny tots, so this was a great standing art experience. The large size of our box also encouraged large motor movements with their arms.
When they were satisfied/lost interest in coloring, then we unwrapped the box. This was possibly the best part.
The toddlers were happy to help with the clean up when they were done exploring the paper. They helped ball it up and walked it to the garbage.
Large piece of paper (we used brown packing paper)
Markers or Crayons
* Do the first two steps and gift the box (preferably with something inside) to someone else.
* Repeat activity with smaller boxes for an individual
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