Toddler Learning Toys

Toddler Learning Toys

In our school day schedule I always make time for free play. The children are allowed to play with any of the learning toys that I have placed out for them. I will usually pick up to 4 and change them around often. Letting them make the choice gives them the independence they want and we know they are making good choices.

Manipulatives are wonderful for free play because they can use them to build, to count, make shapes, learn colors, make patterns and so much more. My children like the 50 Counting Bears with 5 Cups, it allows them to sort and of course use their imagination while they use them as figurines. They also enjoy using Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards. Placing the geometric shapes on the pictures is great for improving fine motor.

Another ideal free play activity is giant floor puzzles. Your child will be so proud of themselves when they see this large picture that they have created. There are many brands and pictures to choose from. I like to go along with what theme we are using for the week so we have the Melissa & Doug Solar System 48 pcs Floor Puzzle out now and the Melissa & Doug Alphabet Express Floor Puzzle is always an option.

Memory games are very inexpensive or can be made at home. I have a few different memory games but the kids always tend to want to play the ones that have their favorite characters on them. Disney Classic Characters Matching Game is a wonderful choice and this will help build their memory and taking turns with others if you have more then one child you are teaching.

Kids Construction Table Duplo & Lego Compatible w/ 2 Chairs (VIEW ALL PHOTOS) is fabulous for kids to create on and when their free play is up, they do not have to take apart their items that they just worked so hard to build. Duplos are large and come in many different themes. We use new packs of duplos as rewards, they have large sets and small. Check out this beginner set LEGO DUPLO 10572 Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun or this smaller set LEGO DUPLO Creative Play 10573 Creative Animals both great for your little ones!

I think most toys can be used as an educational device so be creative and let your child’s mind soar!

Learning to Read with Toddler Books

Learning to Read with Toddler Books

Home school preschool began in May for us. We are doing a minimized schedule through the summer to get the kids adjusted. A large focus has been placed on site words and learning to read. I love board books, because they are much more durable and easy for toddlers to hold. I also don’t have a huge library in my house to store all my books. So paperback is usually what I end up buying. There are many learn to read books on the market that I find are equally awesome but we enjoy the My First I Can Read Books. They all use basic site words that your child will be learning through preschool lessons, they all have wonderful illustrations and all of them have themes your child will love to read over and over again. Oh and did I mention they only cost anywhere between 2$-4$!!! That’s a score. We love Pete the Cat but you can also get titles like Pinkalicious, Little Critter and more. These books are wonderful to read together and eventually your child will be reading all by themselves.

We order all of our books from Amazon and with Amazon Prime you can get them within two days or less! Click Pete the Cat Scuba Cat and it will take you directly to Amazon where you can shop the whole I Can Read collection!