Flashcards - While flashcards have gotten a bad rap in the last few years, there are a lot of fun learning opportunities to teach children shapes, colors, and letters using a homemade or purchased set. Ideas included in the Complete Preschool Curriculum.
Tactile Letters & Numbers - Used weekly in the 3 and 4 Year Curriculum to teach children the formation of letters and numbers without the require fine motor skills to hold a pencil. Click to create your own tactile letters and numbers.
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics® Magnetic Set - While this toy is no longer used in the Curriculum, my children enjoyed playing with these. I loves the phonetic learning it provided. Comes with Uppercase letters, with Lowercase Letters Expansion Pack available as well.
Wooden Magnetic Number and Letter Set can be used to build words, work on letter names and phonetic sounds, and play games like fishing.
Bath Letter & Numbers - Bath time is a wonderful time to extend learning.
Duplo Legos - The larger Legos are best for toddler and early preschool age children to develop fine motor, gross motor, visual perception, and creativity.
Legos - The smaller Legos provide more versatility than Duplo Legos and are better for ages 4 and up.
Lacing Beads & ABC Lacing Beads - Lacing provides fine motor building and academic fun. Learn more about lacing.
Fingerpaint is a wonderful sensory and fine motor activity with so much learning potential. This craft supply is used in all of the Preschool Curricula.
Sidewalk Chalk takes learning outside!
Peg Puzzle provide an easy-to-hold knob for tiny fingers to learn how to put puzzles together.
Lacing cards are available in a plethora of themes. Match the lacing cards with other learning objectives to further the learning. (For example: ABC Lacing Cards) Learn more about lacing.
Beginning Sorting Set - Use for the sorting activities in the ABCJLM Curriculum.
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