Valentine Mailbox Preschool Craft

A Valentine mailbox is a fun holiday craft for kids. Design and create a mailbox with a recycled tissue box to support fine motor skills and pretend play with preschoolers.

mailbox pretend play Valentine theme

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Sending mail is a fun activity for kids of all ages.

In this activity, kids decorate a tissue box to use as a mailbox. Then the fun begins!

  • 'Write' letters and cards.
  • Post the cards.
  • Role play delivering mail to classmates or family members.

Activities with heart shapes, colorful ribbons, and red and pink paints invite kids to explore creative art activities with a Valentine theme.

Related: Valentine crafts and activities

Use all the colors and textures of Valentine craft supplies to provide a fun mailbox activity for kids to play and learn.


Valentine mailbox craft

This craft is easy for kids to make with a recycled tissue box.

The style and size of the box, and the materials used to decorate the box, can vary. Use whatever supplies you have on hand.

Make this craft unique based on supplies and imagination!


Supplies for mailbox


Supplies for a tissue box mailbox craft


  • tissue box
  • markers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • construction paper


Instructions for mailbox


Add a chenille stem handle to a tissue box mailbox


Step 1. Make a handle.

Poke a hole in the side of the box. Insert one end of a chenille stem through the hole. Bend the end of the stem over so it doesn't slide back out of the hole. Repeat with the other end of the chenille stem, on the other side of the box.


Decorate Valentine mailboxes with markers and stickers


Step 2. Decorate the mailbox.

Provide markers, stickers, and other Valentine themed materials to decorate the mailbox.



Post cards and letters in a kid made Valentine mailbox


Make cards and letters to post in the mailbox, like these cards we made with a hole punch.

Now it's time to role play with your Valentine mailbox.

  • Post and deliver homemade cards for awesome pretend play.


kids can make a tissue box mailbox for pretend play


Related: Roundup of ideas for post office pretend play


I'm sharing a few options for Valentine mail boxes with fun themes!

  • Superman from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails


Recycled tissue box mailbox craft for kids


STEAM Kids Valentine

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STEAM Kids Valentines Day ebook to purchase online


Valentine Pinterest board


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