I have mentioned before how big of a fan of learning through play I am and how fun activities and educational toys can help you get your little ones on the correct learning path while enjoying themselves. For that I keep a handful of games and toys that can help me through my kids different learning stages.
More than just play
Setting up fun activities will help you get your kid’s motivated and interested in learning activities…One of those tools that I like to keep on hand is the Learning Minutes Calendar that is available to print for free at the Learning Resources website and which gives me ideas of short fun activities to do with the kids every day.
You earn points with each activity and can earn free toys at the end of the month.
As a matter of fact, Learning Resources does have many different products which are a great resource for kids and parents, and I would like to share a few of my favorites with you that will take you through different ages and learning stages.
Let’s start with the alphabet
Getting the kids used to the different letters of the alphabet as soon as possible, is a great way to get them started in their learning path and I love using letter blocks. Let’s face it, most kids love touching and have an easier time with visual learning, so giving your kids blocks that they can use to make words and learn the alphabet with makes a lot of sense.
You want a good sized block, especially if you have young ones like mine who is two. A block that is big enough to avoid being a choking hazard and avoid frustration and also is large enough to allow the kids to grab and handle the block easier.
The letters are 2”L x 2”H, and the set includes 36 pieces (including 2 of each vowel), and storage bag.
Let’s move on and start with the numbers
For kids 3+ I love the Counting Dino-Sorters Math Activity Set that includes 10 different color eggs filled with a total of 55 dinosaurs.
The eggs are numbered and each one of them holds the amount of dinosaurs to match that number allowing children to learn about number correspondence along with skill development, matching, counting, pattern, addition , sorting, subtraction, fine motor skills and of course hand-eye coordination!
There are lots of activities you can do with the eggs and dinos inside, and the kids will love playing with them.
The eggs can be a bit tricky to close and the dinosaurs are small enough to be a choking hazard, therefore, the recommended age is 3+.
Another great toy that is perfect for kids 3+ and Pre-K grade to learn through play, is the Smart Market.
What kid doesn’t love to play with a pretend supermarket?
The smart market, comes with all that your kids will need for a fun time shopping in the market and includes a shopping basket, 5 grocery boxes, a double–sided shopping list along with, 5 Grocery boxes, 3 Grocery cans and plastic lids, 6 Double-sided price tags, 4 Double-sided coupons, 30 Play bills, and 40 Plastic coins for a complete market experience.
This is a great pretend play set that kids can play with by themselves or with other kids.
Another toy that is just great to learn through play is the award-winning Pretend and Play Calculator Cash Register which is geared for kids 3+ and in Pre-K grade.
The Cash register measures 10.5”L x 9.5”W x 5.5”H and features a solar powered cash register, 30 actual-size pretend bills, 40 plastic coins, 1 pretend credit card, and activity guide…The kids love this handy cash register and as matter of fact, just the other day, I saw 2 kids and a mom with a lemonade stand and the kids were actually using this little cash register to collect their cash… The cash register has large buttons on the keypad which makes it easier for the little ones…The cash drawer makes a “cha-ching” sound when it opens. So cute!
I really like it
I really like this little cash register but more importantly, the kids can learn to identify the different types of coins, use addition and subtraction skills along with bill and coin values and it helps them develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem solving among others.
Gears! Gears! Gears! Cycle Gears building kit.
This set is meant for kids 4+ and Pre-K grade and your boys will really enjoy building up their own motorcycle…I don’t know about yours, but my little guy loves blocks and this set is one of the most fun block sets you can get your hands on!
The reason is very simple, this set puts a real spin on learning through play and allows little engineers to build their own moving cycles.
Engaging and lots of fun, the kids can build different creations with the 30 piece set that promotes fine motor skills, creativity an eye-hand coordination!
Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set
Moving on to older kids, this coding set is meant for kids 5+ and it is a perfect way to introduce your kids to coding concepts. The cute little mouse comes with a maze that users put together and then program Colby to find his way through the maze. This is a great deal of fun and provides your kids with many learning indoor activities.
The set comes with a series of cards that the kids can lay down to remember the correct coding sequence then use the arrow buttons, on top of Colby’s back, to program him to go through the maze. Pretty cool.
The 83-piece Robot Mouse Maze Quest Game set includes:
– Colby the mouse
– 16 maze grids
-22 maze walls
– 3 tunnels
-1 cheese wedge
-30 double-sided coding cards
-10 double-sided activity cards.
Kids will be introduced to coding and programming and will exercise trial and error as the maze can be a bit tricky at times, but they will enjoy playing with Colby the mouse and let him try to figure his way using one of his two speeds to race through the maze.
Be aware that Colby is powered by 3 AAA batteries that are not included with the set.
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