Preschoolers are awesome! Seriously, this is such a fun and busy age. Between the age of 2-5 your children are testing the limits, finding their voice, and full of energy. So after years of enjoying preschoolers myself I am sharing a few of the best things to have when teaching preschool. Are you ready to read, explore, learn, and observe with them?
The Best Things to Have When Teaching Preschool
I know you probably figured by the picture above it was all about materials, the thing is the #1 most important thing you can do for your preschooler is give them the gift of TIME.
Our favorite thing aside from Nature is Books!
We Love All About Reading
All About Reading Pre-Reading is designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners, They use hands on learning, games, crafts, and storytime to develop pre-reading skills. It’s really wonderful.
Other Favorite Things to Have for Homeschooling Preschool
Blocks are definitely the best for open ended play. Children can use their imaginations and build castles, towns, towers and more. The possibilities are endless with block play.
Sometimes children at this age want to “do school” like their older siblings. You can help your preschooler with their fine motor and writing skills with an early learning book. Dry erase markers are so much fun for little ones to use while they work on their letters!
Learning the calendar is a great way to keep preschoolers engaged while you teach older children. This calendar is very durable with vibrant colors. Your kids will enjoy it for years to come with several years worth of dates included.
Introduce numbers and help solidify number recognition with this beautiful wooden counting board. I love the colors!
Who doesn’t love Go Fish? Help your preschool master all their letters with Alphabet Go Fish and enjoy a fun way to learn all the letters! We love playing games! Teddy Bear Mix & Match and Eeboo Life on Earth are also Favorites.
Mazes are a HUGE hit at our house. We love Kumon maze books they are always great for young preschoolers.
For your older preschooler check out the Around the World maze book. This book helps you introduce landmarks from around the world along with the problem solving skills of completing age appropriate mazes.
This puzzle will keep your preschooler busy! 24 pieces makes this puzzle challenging enough, but the frame and detailed picture gives a lot of clues for putting this puzzle together all by themselves.
We love Fiskars scissors. They are just the right size for little hands and are great for fine motor work.
Magna-Tiles develop patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills. You can use them for guided activities (great for learning shapes and 3D building) or hours of open-ended fun and exploration.
The possibilities are limitless! Use color paper to create new works of art, fine motor work with scissors, or make your own books. We go through paints, glitter glue, crayons, beeswax and pom poms daily.
We love this super fun science kit. It offers 75 easy to set up activities perfect for your preschooler.
A little imaginative play with alphabet cookies to support language development and creative thinking. Several ways to play or create your own letter game. These Learning Resource games are fun (P.S. we have a few GREAT Learning Resource toys that we Love)
Bring on the Natural Materials, Loose Parts, & Outdoor Play
If you are teaching preschool this year what are your must have items? I’d love to hear your favorites too.
Even though today I am sharing some of our favorite toys to have for teaching preschool, I am definitely not saying to rush it. In fact I am a true believer of learning through play.
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