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A few of my favorite things...

  • Books & Early Readers

    Preschoolers are the perfect age for classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales.  The rhymes are usually short and kids remember them faster than you would imagine :)  Some are available on CD as songs.

    "Pete the Cat" books by James Dean/Eric Litwin (also great audio)
    "Somewhere in the Ocean" and other books by Jennifer Ward
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", "Polar Bear, Polar Bear" and other books by Eric Carle
    "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" and other books by Laura Numeroff
    "Move Over Rover" by Karen Beaumont
    "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and "Chicka Chicka 123" by Bill Martin Jr.
    "Ten Little Caterpillars" by Bill Martin Jr.
    "How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?" and other books by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
    "Pete's A Pizza" and other books by William Steig
    The "Pigeon" Series and other books by Mo Willems
     

    Sensory Fun

    Colored shaving cream for the tub

    Kinetic sand

    Playdoh


    Fine Motor

    Pop Bead Necklaces

    Duplos/Legos

    Big beads for lacing

    Wikki Stix

    Silly Putty

    Dressing Doll or Animal (or even a pirate!) with buttons, snaps, zippers and ties


    Literacy

    Magnet letters

    Foam tub letters

    Tub crayons

    Books

    Alphabet Soup Matching and Memory Card Game

    Amovo Learning Alphabet and Animal Wooden Puzzle


    Math, Engineering & Technology

    Squigz                            

    MagnaTiles                           

    Puzzles

    Blocks

    Marble Run

    Tinker Toys

    Sum Blox

    Tiggly Interactive Toys to use with Tiggly Apps


    Family Games                       

    Snail's Pace Race

    Hi-Ho Cherry-O                       

    Chutes & Ladders                     

    Candy Land                            

    Cooties                           

    Memory Match

    Sneaky Snacky Squirrel

    Yeti in My Spaghetti

    Shelby's Snack Shack

    BINGO

     

    Music

    Laurie Berkner - Whaddaya Think of That?

    Tom Chapin - Family Tree

    Raffi - One Light, One Sun

    The Wiggles - Yummy Yummy

     

    Outdoor Fun

    Balls for catch and kick

    Bubbles