Thirty Quick Ideas For Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

 

Hello, friends!  Today I am going to give you a quick run down of thirty different ideas for using those cute little metal mailboxes that you can usually find for one dollar around this time of year!  I saw a whole shelf full of these mailboxes in the dollar section at Target, and immediately began wondering how many teaching ideas there were out there for those things!  So I snapped a picture and posted it on my HeidiSongs Facebook Page, along with the  question below.  Just LOOK at all of the responses!  I think I counted 30 of them!

Have a wonderful day with your little students this year on Valentine’s Day!

QUICK! How many uses can you think of for a metal mailbox from the Target dollar section????

 

Christa Toulson – Valentine’s Day mailboxes, Post Office dramatic play center, student mailboxes for friends to leave notes in.

Lissie Aliotti Antos – A sight word mail game?

Cristina Chica-Munoz – Lots of math games..you can have kids deliver the matching number series or word… Deliver the letters to a word…. Kid’s mailboxes for letter writing… The possibilities are endless!

 

Katie McNamara – Put small magnetic letters inside and they could make words.

Patricia Reilly Moore – Maybe “mail a sound” activity where each mailbox has a particular card on the flag (i.e. “sh, ch, etc.”) and then heart-shaped cards with pictures on them (i.e. “fish, chin, etc.) that act as valentines to be mailed. The student would then place the valentines in the box.

Kristin Mockler Young – Put one on your desk for pictures & cards from students!

 

Anmarie Byrnes Galgano – Beginning sound box?

Anmarie Byrnes Galgano – Mail time math? Put a sum on the mailbox, then students sort math “facts” into the matching mailbox.

Janet Jenkins – Tattle box.  Morning/afternoon mail.  Mystery message. “Letter” of the day.

 

Kimberly Sanders-Booth – Valentine gift holder for my Daughter!

Karen Lamy Mangine – I bought one of these a few years ago and have used it ever since for calling children to small group focused instruction times. I started with using it only during writer’s workshop but have opened it up to other times too. This is how I use it. I have six cards printed up that say, “Come to small group with the teacher.” During independent writing time, I circulate and look for who needs help with the mini lesson focus of the day. These are the children who receive a card from me. They have been taught to come to me with their pencil, eraser, paper, and card. They place their card in the mailbox and get ready to work with me.

Merika Campbell – Token toss! Letters or math problem programmed on the inside of door. Stand on end, open door. Partner calls out letter word or number to aim for.

 

Catherine Bol – Math stations!!!

Jill Svoboda – Note to teacher and from teacher. Student box on desk. When flag is up at end of the day, teacher takes out a student note or drawing. When student returns the next morning, when flag is up, there is a response from the teacher. I also used them to place notes to the kids who needed extra encouragement or a pat on the back, even if there was no “note to teacher’ the day before. My students loved this. And I appreciated how ease and timely organization.(1st – 3rd grades.)  Kinder could use drawings and simple words or phrases.)

Jill Svoboda – Writing Center. Students select a mail box and write about a picture, theme, or letter response. I often enclosed a word list and coded the boxes by level so that all students had an appropriate writing assignment.

PS: I was able to purchase a bunch of these little mail boxes for 50 cents years ago!

 

Kathy Hauch – I have used these for the last 4 years in my four year old class. They are located on a shelf by my writing center. My kids write notes to each other and put them in their friends mailbox. We get a workout with our fine motor skills not only writing the notes but from folding them to fit in the mailbox and putting up the flag to let the friend know they have mail. The kids love this center. They get so excited to have pictures from their friends.

Tina Lizotte Thomas – I bought several at the Central Massachusetts Target…thinking I’ll use it for their “caught being good raffle tickets” & another at the writing table to hold small notepads & mini pencils for kiddos to write notes during Feb.

Vanessa Levin – Here is an idea using these mailboxes I shared on my blog a few years ago: http://www.pre-kpages.com/valentine-syllables/  .  

FYI, they’re not suitcase friendly. I used to travel with them for presentations and gave up after 3 got crushed flat.

 

Lois B. Jones – For writing center have children write a note or draw a picture for a nursing home or veterans hospital. Collect the finished product in the mailbox.

Amy Louise – Now I need to go buy more! So many great ideas!

HeidiSongs: – Great ideas! Keep them coming! How about a word family sorting game?  You could put the name of the word family on the flag, and have the kids read the word and then deliver it to the mail box.

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Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. Great ideas! I'm thinking of using one for notes from me to a student "caught" doing something amazing – kindness, working hard, etc. It could also be for the students to write something they like about another person. The hard part about that one is making sure each person gets included (maybe pair students up each week to write to each other). I've got to get to Target and get a few of these!
    ~Melissa
    Teacher Treasure Hunter

  2. I play a mail game with my preschoolers to give them practice matching beginning sounds. Put an animal character on each mail box, such as dog, kangaroo, and mouse. Leave a stack of envelopes and a stack of picture cards. Picture cards such as doll, dice, and donuts would get mailed to dog. The kids think it's funny to mail something like a donut! We do this at group work, and then leave out for a center. They can also draw their own picture cards.

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