I have been digging through lots of books and websites to come up with fun, structured projects for us to do. This week's Friday Find features some cool handmade preschool supplies. If there's a preschooler in your life, even a non-homeschooled one, I think a lot of these would make great Christmas gifts (hint, hint).
Modelling Beeswax - Rainbow (120g total) $14.20 (shipping $6-$8) by Twinkle of my Eye
Modelling Beeswax! It warms in your hands as you play and the colors don't mix. It doesn't dry out or go bad the way clay can. This seller offers a beautiful range of colors.
Sandpaper Numbers 0-10 mounted on birch $13.20 (shipping $7.80) by Polliwog Learning Products
The numbers on these birch flash cards are made out of laser cut sandpaper. Both of my boys love touchy-feely books, and I imagine they wold enjoy tracing these bumpy numbers with their fingers. Each number has a starting point to help the child recognize where to begin tracing the number with their fingers. A great learning tool and beautiful enough to leave up on display.
small alphabet flash cards - printable pdf $8.00 (shipping $0, print-at-home) by A Little Hut
This item is actually a printable pdf file, so you could use the cute, simple line illustrations as flash cards, coloring pages, framed art, or whatever your creative little head can come up with. Cool thing about buying printable files is that if you lose one, or your toddler tries to eat one, you can always reprint it!
Montessori Transferring Counting Sorting Pouring Manipulative SEA ANIMALS Activity FREE GIFT $19.99 (shipping approx. $8-$15) by Fun Cards
This looks like hours of good times to me. I'm just going to go straight from the seller's description for this one:
Picking up small items and placing them into a small holder improves hand-eye coordination and prepares the hand for writing.Individual kits are also available for $9.99
The beads can be counted as they are placed into the holders, they can also be sorted according to colors.
Using the dropper to fill the small cups with water (use food coloring for even more fun!) once again works on hand-eye coordination, as well as learning to clean up!
The beads can be strung into a necklace, a floor snake or anything else your child's imagination allows for!
Bears Picnic - Learning Color and Size $20 (shipping $5.75 - $12.35) by Play to Learn
It is hard to find board games for preschoolers. We play Memory and put together puzzles, but Huck is definitely interested in playing games with a distinct set of rules where you do fun things like roll dice. This beautiful little matching game teaches about color and size.