My big guy has been in Pre-K for four whole days now. That’s 10 hours total of school time under his belt thus far this academic year. (Yes, preschool is a whopping two and a half hours around here, but, hey, it’s five days a week—so I’ll take it!)
Grant really likes to play, but he also really wants to learn. And when you combine toys and educational activities, he’s one happy camper…. er, preschooler!
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I want to help encourage his curiosity and foster his love of learning—at school, at home, and everywhere in between.
School is great, but when it only occupies a couple of hours a day (including group potty breaks and snack time!), it becomes our job as parents to keep our kidlets thinking, creating, and asking questions. (Actually, I think that’s our job even once they go to school full-time!)
This Toy Tuesday, I’ve rounded up a few of our favorite inspirational and educational toys for toddlers. Let the learning continue... past pick-up at 11:15 AM!
Teach About Teamwork: Busy Town
The whole first month of my son’s pre-school is devoting to teaching kids about friendship—sharing, caring, and working as a team. No game is better at helping kids learn the importance of working together than Busy Town. No one single player wins. Instead, players have a common goal.
Think Strategically: eeBoo Puzzle
This floor-size puzzle from eeBoo helps kids learn to think strategically, match methodically, and work toward an end goal.
Sensory (Artistic) Play: Play-Doh
Sensory learning and artistic play go hand in hand. Forming, squeezing, shaping a big ball of Play-Doh is not only fun, it’s a great way to get kids thinking and creating abstractly.
More Building and Engineering: Brackitz
These Brackitz building toys teach kids to think outside the traditional box—or, rather, block. Angled connectors help kids create dimensional objects.
STEM Learning: GoldieBlox Zip Line
Learn about leverage,, and other engineering concepts with this toy focused on empowering girls—and boys—to get hands-on STEM experience. (This one is better for slightly older kids.)
Alphabet and Spelling: Lakeshore Letter Locks
This game is as easy as A-B-C –as long as you know your letter sounds! Toddlers will learn to match letter keys with locks featuring images that start with that respective letter.
Pretend Play: Props in a Box
Kids will act out all sorts of creative, interesting situations and learn in the process with these amazing prop boxes.
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