I was reading through my magazines (I'm a magazine hound. . . plus I get a lot for them for free!!) and came across a super fun idea in (I think it was) Family Fun Magazine. I already shared this idea with a friend, but decided it was too good so I should blog about it as well. This is a great idea to do with any little one you have at home.
It's called Magical Mailbox. You can preface this idea to you child by first watching A Toy Story or reading The Velveteen Rabbit or something similar to your child. You then explain that their stuffed animals come alive too, when they're not looking. . . or when they're asleep.
Next you and your child create a magical mailbox out of an old shoebox, or something you have around. You let your child decorate it however they want. Next you tell them that this magical mailbox will be for them and the stuffed animal they choose to write letters back and forth. You help your child write a letter or draw a picture to their toy of choice. Before your little one goes to sleep, have them put their letter in the mailbox, and tell them that while they're sleeping their toy will come read it, and write a letter back to them.
This is the parent's chance to have a little fun with their child. Once your child is sleeping, you can write back from their toy, and also slip in a few parental reminders like, "try to remember to be nice to your brother/sister." "Please try at least one veggies at dinner, it will make me really happy, and it will give us more energy to do fun things together while your mommy isn't looking!" You get the idea.
This idea can also be used with your child's favorite character like Cinderella, Dora, etc. Instead of doing the toy comes alive thing, you can tell them that their magical mailbox takes their letters to their favorite princess (or whatever they choose) and they will write them back.
I just thought this idea sounded like a lot of fun! Kids' imaginations are awesome! Tralee won't quite understand this yet, but I know in a year or two we'll be making our very own Magical Mailbox.
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