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The National Postal Museum's website offers a variety of activities for kids and adults.







     
Game Room
     
Stamp Collecting Game

The ABC's of Stamp Collecting
Learn about tools of stamp collecting, such as the perforation gauge, tongs, and magnifying glasses.
To get started in stamp collecting, touch the stamps and tools to learn how.
     
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Matching Game

Explore Museum Objects
Explore philatelic and postal objects, or play the matching game to test your memory!
     
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Mail Sorting Game

All Aboard to Sort the Mail
Play the mail sorting game and see how fast you can sort letters in sixty seconds. Watch a movie about mail on the fly and read about the Postal Service’s beloved mascot, Owney.
     
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Rail, Sail, or Overland Mail

Rail, Sail, or Overland Mail
Can you get 20 mailbags from Philadelphia to New Orleans in 1853? Use a stagecoach, boat or train to move the mail along actual mail routes.
     
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Famous Americans

Famous Americans
Score big if you can match the faces of famous Americans on stamps. Click here to learn more about the famous Americans featured in this game.
     
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Postmaster's Challenge

Postmaster's Challenge
Test your knowledge of postal history and stamp collecting.
     
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Letter Mania

Letter Mania!
Match wits and nerve with an unforgiving keyboard to discover the letters that complete the puzzle. Bring your knowledge of postal vocabulary!
     
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Word Search

Word Search
Happy hunting for hidden terms and names! It may take a wizard to solve these puzzles!
     
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Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw Puzzles
Piece together your postal history with these Jigsaw puzzles.
     
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Scramble

Scramble
Scramble is for you if you love to solve puzzles!
     
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Online Coloring Book

Online Coloring Book
You don't need crayons here! Create postal-themed works of art right on your computer screen using our online coloring pages.

     
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Decode the Barcode
Decode the Barcode
Envelopes have a special code that the U.S. Postal Service uses to help deliver the mail. See if you can figure out how to crack the code.
     
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Quizzes

Quizzes
Do you know how stamp designs are chosen, or which transportation method replaced dog sleds in Alaska? Test yourself by answering these and other postal and philatelic questions.

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Artful Animals Activity Guide
Find artful animals all over the Smithsonian. Based on the Artful Animals Exhibition at the National Museum of African Art, this guide includes fun postal-themed activities as well. You can do them at home with your own collection!
     
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Write a Letter

Design a Stamp
Think you have an idea for a stamp design? Try your hand at it and illustrate your own stamp.
     
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Write a Letter

Write a Letter
Create your own stationery using images from the National Postal Museum, and write a letter to someone today!

     
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Wallpaper Downloads

Wallpaper Downloads
Download these images to create new backgrounds for your computer screen.

     
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