Here is part three of my Got Preschoolers? series. Find the other two parts at the bottom of this post.
One of the most important things you can do for your preschooler is to read to them. Even wiggly little boys will sit for a story if you choose the right book.
If your boys are super wiggly let them play with play-doh or duplos while you read. Many times letting them use their hands while they are listening will help them retain what they are hearing.
Here are some of our favorites books for preschoolers:
- Corduroy books by Don Freeman
- Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
- Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
- Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
- A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
- Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
- Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Big Dog Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
- A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
- Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
- If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
Don’t miss our 31 Days of Read Alouds which includes books, activities, and snacks for your preschoolers.
There are also many great toys for preschoolers. My preschoolers have always been very busy. Usually their busyness involves permanent marker and something that is valuable.
I have found that the best way to keep a preschooler out of trouble is to keep them in your line of sight. For me, most of the time this means keeping them occupied at the table while I do school with the older kids.
Also, don’t be in a hurry to give your preschooler “older” toys. This can be difficult if you have older children too, but it is still possible. If your preschooler is given Legos, he will probably not want to play with Duplos. If you introduce markers, crayons are pushed to the side.
Don’t rush your preschooler into a grade schooler. Keep their activities basic and educational. You will be surprised at how much your preschooler will learn from playing with these toys.
Since summer time is yard sale season keep your eyes open for these toys. I have purchased many of my preschool toys at yard sales over the years for less than a few dollars. The books I listed above are all very popular and should be available at your local library.
Here are a few of our favorite preschool toys:
I love these pegs! We use them for color recognition, patterns, and coordination. My boys also love to use them as swords.
My older kids still love these pattern blocks. They have made intricate designs and then traced them on paper for art.
This is a great toy to take on the road since it is magnetic.
This puzzle has been a favorite at our house for years. I think this toy is a great bargain because each side of the block has a different puzzle on it.
This felt board set includes Three Little Pigs, Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks, and Red Riding Hood with a storage bag to keep all the pieces together. My kids have always loved felt boards and I love that it
I love, love, love these stamp sets, because there is no ink pad! My little kids can stamp just like their older siblings. They have boy versions of these stamps too!
I never expected these blocks to be so durable but they are! My kids would spend hours building towers around each other and then knocking them down!
What are your favorite preschool toys and books?
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