Valentine Mailbag Craft for Preschool Pretend Play
Kids can deliver their Valentine cards and letters in a handmade mailbag. A Valentine mailbag is easy to make with everyday craft materials. This art activity engages fine motor and creative skills as kids make a mailbag to use in pretend play.
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Mailing cards and letters is an integral part of Valentine's Day activities. A Valentine-themed mailbag adds a personal touch to the Valentine's Day card exchange.
Kids can make Valentine cards at home or in the classroom for 'mailing' to friends and family.
This mailbag activity is a simple way to create mailbags kids can use as they pretend to be 'mail carriers' delivering Valentine cards to the mail box.
I'm sharing a few options for Valentine mail boxes with fun themes!
- Crocodile from The Joys of Boys
- Butterfly from iHeart Crafty Things
- Superman from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
- Big Red Dog from Crafty Mama in ME.
The mailbag can also be used to carry and store Valentine cards received from family and friends.
Supplies for Valentine mailbags
- Red or pink cardstock
- Heart shape cutout
There are two options for making the mailbag.
1. Cut the mailbag in one piece from a paper bag as shown in the photo. Place the heart cutout on the paper bag and cut around it so it is included to make the handle.
Option 2 (used in this tutorial)
2. Cut two heart shapes from cardstock, either the same color as the bag or in a contrasting color. This is the mailbag you'll be making in this tutorial.
How to make the Valentine mailbag
1. Cut two rectangles approximately 6 x 8 in. (15 x 20 cm) from cardstock for the mailbag.
2. Cut two heart shapes from cardstock. Cut out the center of each heart with a slightly smaller heart shape to form the handles.
3. Tape one handle to each mailbag shape.
Note: If you have cardstock or other paper such as wallpaper large enough, you can incorporate the handles into the bag as you cut out the sides, so the handle and one side of the bag are in one piece.
4. Tape three sides of the mailbag, leaving the top open. You can also reinforce the sides by gluing or stapling before taping.
5. Decorate your mailbag with stickers, crayons, markers or other craft supplies.