(Note: The resource exampled here will not be suitable for every child, as each is individual. These ideas are offered to inspire you and to demonstrate that the learning opportunities are all around the child and that they don’t have to cost a lot. These ideas are offered as suggestions only.)
The main point to remember is to maximise the learning opportunities in every activity and milk each one for what its worth – keep it concrete, concrete, concrete and reinforce, reinforce, reinforce, and have fun, fun, fun !
This resource provides a wealth of rich learning opportunities and a cross curricular approach. As part of this theme it is important for the child to experience a visit to the Post Office as this offers a rich concrete learning experience which can then be played out through role play. It is also important to maximise the learning opportunities offered by the visit to the Post Office. It is essential that labels are made to go with each component part of the resource, encouraging the child to match initial letter sounds, whole words, Braille contractions (dependent on learning stage) before they play with or use the resource.
You will need some or all of the following: (the list is offered as a guide only, adjust to those items you would like to include)
• Letter size guide (Amazon)
• Sack for Parcels (Potato sack – local garden centre)
• Range of different sized parcels
• Range of different sized envelopes/letters
• Weighing Scales – RNIB
• Till (Amazon)
• Mat (IKEA)
• Pen in holder (Amazon)
• Thimbletes (Amazon, pack of 10 but good for counting and sorting)
• Sponge damper (Amazon)
• Desk Tidy – Paper clips, rubber bands, thimblettes (Amazon)
• Leaflet Holder (Amazon)
• Post Office – Front of Shop (Supplier Hobbycraft, counter cut out and adverts, laminated, brailled and attached with double sided tape)
Ideas for literacy development
• Match the word labels to each object
• Role play visiting the Post Office, play at being Post Office Clerk, customers – developing speaking and listening skills, positive social skills, use of good body language, facial expression and voice tone during the activity.
• Play the Post Office Game (detailed below)
• Make up a story about the Post Man/Woman and the funny happenings in the Post Office
• Read the story of Post Man Pat
• Make up a poem about the Post Office, using the initial letters of Post Office to form the poem
Ideas for numeracy development
• Count, match and sort the paper clips, rubber bands, thimblettes
• Count the money in the till
• Create activities to support addition, subtraction, multiplication etc using money.
• Weigh the parcels, order by weight
• Order parcels by size
• Measure the length and width of the parcels
• Measure the length and width of the letters
• Order letters by size and weight
The Post Office Game
Play the Post Office Game to support the development of both literacy and numeracy skills
You will need
1 x Set of number cards
1 x KOMPLEMENT multi-purpose hanger (IKEA £4.50)
1 set of activity cards
1 x set of buzzers (Learning Resources)
The resources detailed in the list at the top.
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How to play: For 3 or more players
1. One child is the Post Office Clerk, the rest of the children playing the game are customers
2. Post Office Clerk is decided by the first person to throw a 6
3. Children commence the game and can start when they throw a 6
4. Children take turns, throwing the dice and moving along the game with their counter according to the number on their dice throw.
5. Activities along the way are completed, according to the spot the child lands on.
6. Activities are divided into 4 types: (See activity cards for details of activities, these can be fully adapted to meet the level of the child’s learning and access)
• Landing on a triangle shape: Weighing activity
• Landing on a coin: Money activity
• Landing on an envelope shape: Letter activity
• Landing on a buzzer: It’s a surprise gift for you
The winner is the first to reach the finish post and press the final buzzer on this spot.
You can download the full resource sheet and the game cards and numbers at www.positiveeye.co.uk/blog