Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Family Funtime - Create a Family Mailbox

Kids love getting mail and as long as the mail isn't bills, parents love mail too. Add some zip to your family communications by creating a family mailbox. Great for leaving messages of encouragement, love, and support for fellow family members. It's also a great way for kids to "vent" and get some things that may be troubling them and are unable to express in words off their chest.

Steel or tin mailbox.  (You can purchase a regular steel mailbox at your local hardware store for around $10)
Wood cut out shapes (you can find these at your local craft store)
Acrylic Paints - Don't use Tempera paint.  It won't stick to the steel and tin.
Mini Wood Clothes Pins
Paint Brushes
Markers and Pencil
Individual Family Photo's (optional)

Begin by having every family member choose a wood cut out shape or frame.  After they have chosen, let them decorate them with paint, markers, and photographs.  If more than one person has chosen the same shape be sure to write their names on them.
Next using the pencil, pencil in the design for the mailbox, making sure to get everyone's input and thoughts.
Once the mailbox design is penciled in, paint over it with the acrylic paints.  More than one coat may be necessary.  Let dry overnight.
After the wood cut outs have completely dried, glue a small wooden clothes pin to the back. 
Place the mailbox in a central location and begin leaving mail for each other.  When leaving mail for a particular person in the family raise the flag and clip on their wood cut out.  This gives notice that someone has mail!


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