Did you know that the modern postal system was invented by a Frenchman named Jean-Jacques Renouard de Villayer in 1653? He had set up postboxes around Paris and ensured that any letters with prepaid slips or envelopes placed inside these boxes were delivered to the written address within the city.

Today, postal services around the world deliver all sorts of letters and parcels across state and country borders through a network of post offices and delivery personnel. What would the postal service look like in another 200 years?

This creative printable activity challenges your kids to imagine what post deliver personnel will look like in the future. We think it's going to involve robots :)

Printable & Activity Objectives

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Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 2-3 hours, Items Needed: Colouring and writing pencils

In this activity, your child will learn the history of the postal service and think about how it would evolve in the coming years. They will design four types of postal deliver robots.

It will help your child or student:

  • Learn more about the complexity behind of simple everyday things like receiving mail in our mailboxes.
  • Think more critically and creatively about the role of technology and automation in improving aspects of our lives, in this case, through adaptations in the postal delivery services.

Let's get going!


How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out more the history of the postal service in your country. Here's a wonderful but slightly wacky review of the history of the US postal service:
  • Do a bit of research about current technologies used by the postal and delivery services around the world. Here's an interesting video about autonomous delivery robots. Take note about the various technologies the robots employ to ensure the goods are delivered safely to the right people.  
  • Get started on the printables!

What's in the Printable Pack

This creative printable design challenge pack consists of 4 printable sheets with different design challenges for your kids design their version of postbots. There are specific requirements in each challenge and designs need to incorporate these requirements.

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