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.

preschool mailbag pretend play craft

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Mailing cards and letters is an important part of Valentine's Day activities.

A Valentine-themed mailbag adds a personal touch to the Valentine's Day card exchange.

This mailbag activity is a simple way to create mailbags for pretend play. Kids can fill the mailbags with Valentine cards they make themselves at home or in the classroom.

They'll have fun role playing 'mail carriers' as they deliver Valentine cards to friends and family. 


Valentine mailbag craft

Supplies for a paper mailbag craft 

Supplies for a Valentine mailbag


  • Red or pink cardstock
  • Heart shape cutout

There are two options for making the mailbag.

Option 1

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.


Tape handles to Valentine mailbag to make a preschool craft


How to make the Valentine mailbag

1. Cut two rectangles approximately 6 x 8 in. (15 x 20 cm) from card stock for the mailbag. 

2. Cut two heart shapes from card stock. Cut out the center of each heart leaving a border to form the handles.

3. Tape one handle to each mailbag shape.

Note: If you have card stock 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.



Tape two sides of mailbag together to make a mailbag craft


4. Tape three sides of the mailbag, leaving the top open. You can also reinforce the sides by gluing or stapling before taping.


Preschool Valentine mailbag craft and pretend play


5. Decorate your mailbag with stickers, crayons, markers or other craft supplies.


Valentine preschool mailbag craft


Valentine mailbag craft for preschoolers

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