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Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Alphabet Toys are the first step towards learning ABCs and developing letter recognition among toddlers and preschoolers. The educational toys you find here can be used either at home or inside the classroom as a teaching tool to aid young children with early literacy skills. Here is our list for the most popular Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Alphabet Puzzles

Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Alphabet PuzzlesPuzzles benefit children in many ways. Alphabet puzzles are a multi-learning tool for preschoolers in a sense that they not only help children learn the letters of the alphabet but also help them understand the meaning of cause and effect. Young children are able to see, touch, and feel the shape of each letter individually by holding and moving the pieces. Puzzles promote logical thinking and cognitive development in children. Alphabet puzzles are available in both lowercase and uppercase format.

 

Alphabet Magnets

Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Alphabet MagnetsAlphabet Magnets are one of the popular teaching tools in preschools. Alphabet Magnets make learning ABCs fun and enjoyable for children. You can put these magnets on a whiteboard inside the classroom or on a refrigerator door of your home. Preschoolers are able to mix, sort, arrange, and spell simple words with these magnetic letters. Alphabet Magnets are the perfect tool for young children who are just starting to learn the English alphabet. Alphabet Magnets are available in both lowercase and uppercase forms.

 

 

Alphabet Frame

Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Alphabet FrameAlphabet Frame is an excellent learning toy for one to one and small-group teaching sessions. One of the unique features of the Alphabet Frame is the ability for children to relate each letter of the alphabet to a picture. Each block has a bright-color uppercase letter printed on one face. On the back face of each block a picture appears with a printed name that starts with the same letter as the one shown in the front face. Children are able to learn the alphabet by relating each letter to a corresponding picture.

 

 

 

ABC Blocks

Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers: ABC BlocksABC Blocks combine the fun of playing with a construction toy and the joy of learning ABCs into one learning activity for toddlers and preschooler. Children enjoy stacking the wooden blocks up high and then knocking them down! ABC Blocks include a colorful or natural collection of letters, pictures and numbers embossed on four sides of wooden cubes. ABC Blocks offer a bundle of fun and entertaining activities to toddlers and preschoolers.

 

ABC Toy Truck

Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers: ABC Toy TruckThis is a classic Toy Truck that carries a load of ABC Blocks for the little ones. ABC Toy Truck will grow with your child from the time he starts to crawl to the time he is ready to learn the first letter of the alphabet. The wooden toy truck is a handmade product from locally harvested wood in Montana. Children will have a lot of fun stacking the ABC Blocks in the bed of the truck and carrying them to their destination.

 

 

My ABC’s Thumball

Alphabet Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers: My ABC ThumballMy ABC’s Thumball is just more than a ball! Kids are now able to play catch and throw while reciting the alphabet at the same time! This is a great educational toy for teaching letter identification to preschoolers. My ABC’s Thumball encourages active play and learning abcs while improving gross motor skills in children. There are endless possibilities when it comes to learning and playing with My ABC’s Thumball.

 

 

Preschool Math Activities: Let’s Start Counting Today

Preschool Math Activities are important components of early childhood education. Number recognition and counting are two fundamental skills that need to be learned during the preschool years. Learning these skills help preschoolers build a foundation for more abstract concepts which happen later in higher educational grades.

Teaching numbers and basic math to preschoolers should be a fun and engaging experience. We hope that these Preschool Math Activities can make learning math a fun and enjoyable experience for children.

Preschool Math Activities

1 Play Sort and Count

“Sort and Count” is a simple yet powerful learning activity you can easily set up with any materials around the house or just using the classroom supplies. You need to collect a group of objects in different shapes or colors. Look for things like forks, knives, spoons, candies, m&m’s, fruits, pens or pencils. Pick either three or four categories and mix and spread the materials on a table. Ask preschoolers to carefully observe and study all the materials. Then ask them to start sorting objects in different groups. Similar items should go to the same group. As they group and move things around ask preschoolers to count the number of objects in each group one by one.

2 “Ask the Question” Game: How many?

As kids participate in different activities each day, make sure you pop up questions that start with “how many” more often and at least a few times during the day. Use any occasions to ask questions like how many boys are in your class? how many plates are on the table? or how many crayons are in the box? “How many” questions promote counting and number awareness in children.

3 Play “More or Less” Game

Collect a variety of objects children can use for counting like plastic bottle caps, straws, plastic cups, stones or leaves. Use these items to teach concepts of “more or less” or addition and subtraction to preschoolers. Pile up the items you collected in different groups and place them on a table. Repeating the same action for each group of items, take a few items out of the pile using your hands and show them to the kids, now put the items back in the pile. Every time you add or remove objects from the pile ask the question “Are there more bottle caps or less bottle caps on the table? “ Now wait for answers from everyone.

4 Pay Attention to Numbers

Numbers are everywhere. You see numbers in books, magazines, TV programs, street signs, banners, labels and objects like telephones, remote controls and even some toys. Use these objects as an opportunity to help children develop number recognition skills. When you see a number, point towards it and ask the question “what number is this?”

5 Pay Attention to Shapes

Just like numbers, shapes are everywhere too. Pay attention to shapes in your environment. Use shapes to promote counting and math skills in children. When you see shapes, ask questions like how many circles are here? or how many squares do you see here? Use every opportunity to count together.

6 Board Games that Encourage Counting

Board games are excellent tools for helping preschoolers develop counting skills while playing and participating in a group activity. Look for Board Games that require players to count spaces or objects in the game. This is a fun way to encourage preschoolers to count and use numbers in a play activity.

7 Play with Toys that Teach Math Skills

Use educational toys that teach math, numbers and counting to preschoolers. Children tend to learn better and pay attention more when they are involved in fun play activities that they enjoy. Educational toys like Abacus, Number Puzzles and Numeric Magnets are all excellent choices for encouraging counting and developing math skills in preschoolers.

 

 

Answers to Five Most Frequently Asked Questions About Preschool

Preschool is the first step towards independence and formal education for very young children. It is important for parents, especially those with first-time preschoolers to understand the reason, purpose and how to’s of preschool. Here are five answers to five most frequently asked questions about preschool.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Preschool

 

What is the difference between preschool and Kindergarten? Which one comes first?

Preschool and kindergarten are both parts of the early-childhood educational system in the United States. Kindergarten is part of the elementary school curriculum and is the first year of formal school before starting the first grade education. Kindergarten is mainly referred to as the K-grade in the United States. Children begin the kindergarten curriculum between the age of 5 and 6.

Preschool is a pre-kindergarten program focusing on early-childhood education for children between the age of 2 and 5. Preschool is not normally part of the compulsory educational system in the United States. Parents need to make the decision on whether they want their child to attend preschool or not. It’s best to check with your local government to obtain requirements on preschool and kindergarten attendance in your state as laws change all the time. Here is a useful link that provides information on entrance and attendance requirements for kindergartens by the state.

At what age should I enroll my child in preschool?

Most preschools accept admission as soon as a child reaches the age of 2. The decision that when a child needs to be enrolled in a preschool program should be made by the parents based on the child’s readiness. Parents need to look at their child’s emotional and physical state and determine whether he or she is ready to participate in organized and structured group activities. If you feel your child is not ready for preschool yet, wait for another year before enrolling him or her in any preschool program.

Is preschool that important?

With the increasing number of working moms and the improving status of preschool programs across the nation, more and more parents now enroll their children in preschool curriculums. Preschool provides a strong foundation to young children for learning new ideas and experiencing social life outside the walls of the home. There are parents out there who believe there is no better place than the loving and caring home environment for children to grow and develop new skills.

Although I do not disagree with this statement, I still believe two half-day sessions of preschool in a week can open the door to a new world of learning, fun and social interaction for little children. Preschool, though not a necessity, is an advantage that better prepares children for elementary school life and education.

What will my child learn in preschool?

As I recently wrote in a post for “what do kids learn in preschool?”, preschool provides young children opportunities for learning and exploring in different areas of social life and education. Preschool teaches kids important pre-kindergarten skills such as being independent, following directions, sharing, interacting and playing within a group as well as basic literacy and math concepts.

What are my options for choosing a preschool for my child?

After making the decision to enroll a child in preschool, the next question most parents ask is “How do I choose a good preschool program for my child?” The good thing is you do have many options when it comes to selecting a preschool. Check with your school district, search the local directories and the internet, do your research, read reviews and listen to what other parents have to say about the quality of preschool programs in your area.

Narrow down your choices based on your criteria, visit the schools in person, talk to the teachers and ask questions. After you find your qualifying preschools, apply for all of them just in case if any of the programs won’t accept your application for any unforeseen reasons.