Growing up, many of my grade school teachers kept The Jolly Christmas Postman in their holiday libraries. My classmates and I were always enamored with the sweet book. There’s something so magical about a book children are able to interact with. I’m so excited for the opportunity to share this adorable picture book with my own children. Read on to see the simple and fun project that The Jolly Christmas Postman inspired!

Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.

Reading The Jolly Christmas Postman

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Janet & Allan Ahlberg created this sweet storybook. The book tells the story of the Jolly Postman as he goes on his delivery route. The Jolly Postman is busy bringing holiday mail to classic nursery rhyme characters. Young readers will love the sense of familiarity as he delivers to Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty, and others. The story is a quick and engaging read, told in lyrical rhymes. When each character receives mail, readers are able to reach into the built-in envelopes and pull out the cards. As a child, I loved pulling out those little cards, puzzles, and other goodies. You can’t help but feel you have become part of the story.

Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.

Sending our own Holiday Mail

It’s impossible to read The Jolly Christmas Postman without being inspired to send a little holiday mail yourself! I put together a very simple project with my two-year-old in mind. It’s a flexible activity, so it adapts easily to a wide range of ages. You can make the mail as simple or complicated as you’d like.

Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.

Materials Needed for Creating and Sending your Holiday Mail

Envelope Template – download for free when you sign up for our Book Based Activities Newsletter

Printer – We love our HP Envy with Insta Ink as I never run out

White Cardstock

Scissors

Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers

Christmas Stickers and Christmas Stamps

Optional – Use Christmas Wrapping Paper or Christmas Scrapbooking Paper

Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.

Making your Holiday Mail with your Kids

  1. Start by printing out the envelope template I created.
  2. Younger children will need help cutting along the solid lines. Older children can get some great scissor skills practice completing this task.
  3. Provide kids with crayons, colored pencils or markers, and encourage them to decorate their holiday mail.Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.
  4. Add stickers, stamps, and other goodies if you’re feeling extra festive!Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.
  5. To make your mail a little fancier, use the printable as a template to trace. You can create brightly colored or patterned Christmas mail by tracing the template onto wrapping paper, etc.
  6. When the envelopes are decorated fold along the dotted lines.Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.
  7. Kids can tuck notes, pictures, or other goodies inside to make the mail extra special.Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.
  8. Close up the holiday envelopes, and encourage toddlers to deliver them throughout the house.

Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.

Is there Christmas mail for a favorite stuffed animal, or maybe an older sibling? Your little one will love taking on the role of The Jolly Postman!

Why not set up a mailbox at home for the kids to send everyone their holiday mail. This play mailbox is similar to the one in the book or you could have a home mailbox that the children could fill up and deliver their letters.

More Jolly Christmas Postman Inspired Activities for Kids

Easy for kids to make Hot Cocoa Gift inspired by the classic British Christmas storybook The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Easy Hot Cocoa Gift to Leave for your Mailman

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE CHRISTMAS BOOK FROM YOUR OWN CHILDHOOD? I’D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS!

 

Read and play with this Christmas themed early literacy role-play activity based on the classic British Christmas book The Jolly Christmas Postman.Kate is a semi-reluctant stay at home mom who turned to blogging as a creative outlet in 2016. A former fashion designer, she loves to use her design experience to pair favorite children’s books with ideas for fun & learning on her blog Homebound But Hopeful. Follow along on Instagram to be sure you never miss an idea.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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