* Play Doh or Play Dough - While there are many options to purchase Play Doh, I feel the easiest to use is homemade play dough.
Children's Safety Scissors - Child should have safety scissor that fit their little hands. Click to learn how to teach the child to correctly use scissors.
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.
Parquetry Block Super Set, Pattern Blocks and Boards, or Pattern Blocks - These blocks and boards are used in the Visual Perception Activities of the 4 and 5 Year Curricula.
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.
A-B-C and 1-2-3 Cutter Set - These are fun to make cookies, play with play dough, or trace. Learn more about play dough fun.
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.
Aquadoodle or Magna Doodle provide a child the opportunity to write and draw without fear of writing where they shouldn't.
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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