How to Make a Mailbox Out of a Shoe Box for Kids

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A children's mailbox craft project begins with a shoebox.
A children's mailbox craft project begins with a shoebox. (Image: IT Stock Free/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Young children enjoy dramatic play and acting out many different occupations. Many kids like to pretend to be mail carriers and deliver letters to their friends and family members. You can create mailboxes using shoeboxes and a few other simple materials, and really give your children's dramatic play a boost. Use the mailboxes to deliver special messages to family and friends, or just to add some fun to a simple game with your kids.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox with removable lid
  • Utility knife
  • Contact paper
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Fingerpaint
  • Stickers
  • Stamps and colored stamp pads

Choose a covering for the mailbox. You can use contact paper, which comes in many colors and patterns. You might also choose to cover the box in plain construction paper and decorate it later with paint, markers, stickers or stamps.

Cut a rectangular slot in the lid of the shoebox with a utility knife. Ideally, the slot will be big enough to accomodate a small envelope.

Cover the lid with the contact paper or construction paper. If you are using construction paper, wrap the lid as if you are wrapping a gift and secure it with tape. You may need to recut the mail slot if the paper covers it.

Wrap the bottom of the shoebox in the same manner that you wrapped the lid. Place the lid on top of the box.

Decorate the box if you wish using paint, crayons, markers, stickers or stamps. Allow your child to write her name on the mailbox and place it where the rest of the family or her friends can easily deliver messages to her.

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References

  • "Creative Activities for Young Children"; Mary Mayesky; 1996
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