This fun craft is a great way for preschoolers to work on fine motor development and hand-eye coordination while creating something they can use during play.
I've included easy to follow instructions including photos for each step making it easy to create this craft alongside your preschooler or with a small group.
No need to hit the craft store for this one, you likely have all the necessary materials on-hand.
Cut about 1/4 of the plate off at one end.
This is a good time to decorate your mail bag if desired.
Be sure to decorate the back of the plate as this will be the side shown when the bag is complete.
Punch holes all around the bottom 3/4 of the plates, about an inch apart.
Some preschoolers may not have the strength needed to punch all the holes; having a quality hole puncher will help them be more successful with this task.
When preschoolers use a hole puncher they are developing strength and dexterity in their hands as well as hand-eye coordination; all necessary for learning to write!
Next, cut a long piece of yarn (use your plates as a guide).
Sandwich the plates together so the insides of each plate are facing each other.
Thread the string through one side and tie or secure with tape.
Then have your child weave the yarn in and out of the plates, wrapping around the outer edge as they go. When you get all the way to the other side of the plate make sure there is enough yarn to act as a shoulder strap. Then connect to where you started and tie off.
Now your mail bag is complete! The extra flap on the back plate can be folded over to close the bag.
This bag would make a great accessory for a Post Office Dramatic Play invitation or as a mailbox for a Valentine's Day Celebration.
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