While a post office dramatic play center is a ton of fun, you’ll need a few more activities to go with it if you’re trying to put together a full theme unit and this printable mail number matching activity is the perfect way to add in a little early math practice for your preschooler!
This simple math center makes practicing the numbers 1 through 10 super easy!
Use it in connection with some post office pretend play for hours of fun and learning!
Post Office Number Matching
Prepping this math center is about as easy as it gets!
Just cut the envelopes out, there are ten included, cut the stamps out, there are ten of these as well, laminate them all for durability, and you’re ready to start matching the stamps to the envelopes!
Within this set, you’ll also find that there are two versions. Both a color and a black and white version are included for easier printing. Print the black and white version on regular printer paper and let your kiddos color them on their own or try printing them on colored paper for a bright and colorful set.
Using This Math Center
Now, you could obviously use these as a basic math center and have your preschooler match the numbered stamps to the numbered envelopes all on their own, or you could easily use it in a small group by giving each child an envelope or two and the same number of stamps (not matching sets).
Have each child name the number on one of their envelopes and see who else has the matching stamp or better yet, have your kiddos help you make a pretend play mailbox so that they can deliver their freshly paired stamps and envelopes once they’ve matched them.
We also had a blast putting stamps in different areas around the room and laying the envelopes out on the table. Each child took a turn finding a stamp and then heading back to try to find its matching envelope.
However you decide to use it, it’s a fantastic way to not only work on their early math skills but introduce them to the concept of community helpers and letter carriers in general as well.