Grade: Pre-School

#1298. Matching Mailman

Reading/Writing, level: Pre-School
Posted Mon Sep 13 14:26:57 PDT 1999 by Kathryn Munoz (
Former English Teacher/Presently Pre-school Homeschool teach, McAllen, United States
Materials Required: Five bright plastic cups with matching colored bears or other animals, white paper, paste
Activity Time: 5 to 15 minutes
Concepts Taught: Matching sequences of number or letters

Object: Children will deliver mail to the "houses" (cups) by matching the letters above the door on the cup to the letters in the mailbag. Begin with simple matches such as "A,a" to "A,a" then move up to "A" to "a", and then even to "ABC" to "abc"

Prepartion: Draw the fronts of houses with a place above the door to put above the address of the house. Then cut out 15 or more rectangles and draw the markings of a stamp, a return address, and then the address to be matched. Paste or tape the house fronts to the cups. Children enjoy the game more if there are residents in the home.

Activity: Let a child be the mailman, let the other children pretend to be the residents. The residents can ask the mailman if there are any letters for them "Do you have a birthcard for me?" "I am expecting a letter from my aunt?" "Do you have any bills for me?" When the mailman places the letter in their house, the resident can compare their address with that on the letter. When all the letters are delivered or the mailman is ready to turn over his bag of letters, then another child can switch with him.