Post Office

Collaborative Play



Learning Goals: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Communication, Mutually-Directed Play


What did this class do?

  • The class discussed creating their own class post office after observations from a community walk.

  • Guided by the educator, the students decided the features they would have in their post office and the materials needed.

  • The educator provided materials and supported the students in building a post office.

  • The students negotiated roles within the post office to write letters, address envelopes, and deliver mail to their peers’ mailboxes.

  • In the classroom, the post office was placed near the writing centre, so children could access resources (i.e. word wall, alphabet, writing utensils) to support their writing.

Suggested Resources:

  • Mail bins for each student

  • Postcards

  • Recycled birthday/ holiday cards

  • GOOS paper

Why is it Collaborative Play?

  • The educator and the students were both equally involved in the creation and outcome of the play in the post office. The teacher scaffolded students learning in the centre through asking questions, assisting with their writing, and encouraging students to take on roles.

  • The students had control over what they wrote, created, and their roles.


We are the Play Learning Lab, run by Dr. Angela Pyle at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.

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