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Cardboard Postcards
Messiness: High
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Melissa Allen
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As the kids get older, they get more and more interested in sending (and receiving!) mail. Since we have family near and far, making homemade postcards was a great way to talk about staying connected with family in many different ways and also learning about how the post office works. There were A LOT of questions once the kids found out that our mailman did not hand deliver the letters we sent to cousins in California!

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How We Did It

Cardboard Postcards

First, I cut postcard-sized rectangles out of cardboard. Then the kids covered one side of the cardboard with glue. 

Cardboard Postcards
Then they covered the glue with squares of paper and tissue paper.
Cardboard Postcards

Once they were happy with their postcard design, we added one more layer of glue to seal the designs and set aside the postcards to dry.

Cardboard Postcards

When the postcards were dry we got to sit and chat about how to address a postcard and why we address them. My five-year-old was so interested in this and really enjoyed writing everything herself.

Cardboard Postcards

She was particularly excited about adding a stamp and finally understood why stamps from her sticker book could not be used to send mail.

Cardboard Postcards
Emma drew pictures for family and we sent these off to surprise loved ones. She was learning so much with this craft that I thought a good way to mail these postcards was to take a little trip to the post office and really see where all the mail magic happens!


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posted by: Emily on 12.15.2013

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