Sorting the mail on the magnet board

What? Sorting the mail on the magnet board?

I know, a magnet board is supposed to be for magnets but when you have a small space like we do, you make the most of it and this worked perfectly for our little sorting game.

Sorting the Mail on the magnet board


In the Honey Bee Hive, we have been focusing our discussions on all the thinking that goes into creating engaging centers around the classroom. It takes much more than one might think, especially when it comes to having a small classroom. I take that back, creating engaging and meaningful centers takes more than one might think no matter what size classroom you might have. To add a little extra meaning and fun to our mailbox corner, the magnet center was turned into a simple sorting game.

Sorting the Mail on the magnet board

The clear containers on the board are sticky back clear pockets. I have had these pockets sitting around forever and finally Miss Kaylin put them to good us. Miss Kaylin drew an address and stamp design on rectangular shapes cut out of different colors of foam then set the shapes out for the children to stop by and sort. As the children sorted the mail into the different pouches, we had some fabulous color recognition and critical thinking going on.

Sorting the Mail on the magnet board

This simple center gave us the opportunity to talk about how real mail comes into the post office all mixed up and then needs to be sorted and organized so that it can be delivered to the right address. If you put real mail in the wrong mailbox, folks won’t get their mail. No one wants their mail to get lost or sent to the wrong place. The children in this class were excellent mail clerks – sorting the mail into the appropriate mailbox was a snap for them.

Sorting the Mail on the magnet board


After sorting all that mail into the different pouches, it was definitely time to take a step back and admire the work. This mail is going to exactly the right place which is quite a feeling of accomplishment.

Sorting the Mail on the magnet board

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By |2018-11-02T10:46:20+00:00June 10th, 2018|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Flyingkids June 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    What a cute little project! This is so fun to make!

  2. Lisa June 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks Deborah!!! I have a small classroom & am always looking for ways to make it interesting & engaging!

  3. Carolyn Zaccardi June 26, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I really enjoy the stop by and sort aspect of this activity. It mimics our real life mail. We get it from the mailbox and sort it by important, interesting and junk. Nice job. Also using foam means this activity can be used again and again without additional work.

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