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- BalanceFrom Kid’s Puzzle Exercise Play Mat
- SGIL Magnetic Doodle Board
- Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck
- Battat Hide & Seek Alphabet Pop-Up
- Vtech Spinning Lights Learning Hippo
- 36 foam tiles
- 9 colors
- 54 end borders
- Tiles are 12″x12″x0.4″ (one square foot)
- Total coverage 36 square feet
- Tiles lock together
- Great for letter and number practice
- Comfortable to walk/crawl on
- Letters pop out
- 2 year warranty
Heidi’s Thoughts: I used an alphabet play mat in my first grade classroom and they loved it! The students linked the letters to create a pathway, cubes and many other fun things!
My sister-in-law has a play mat and her preschooler has loved playing on it! One great learning game they have discovered is to jump onto each letter while saying the name of the letter. (This could be extended to practicing the letter sounds as well!)
- One large drawing board with an attached stylus
- 3 stamps; square, circle, and triangle
- Uses 4 colors; green, blue, yellow, and red
- Carrying handle on top
- Encourages creativity through open-ended drawing and writing
- Offers practice with coordination
- Provides more drawing space because of the larger size
- 26 letter bricks (each with an alphabet letter)
- 10 assorted LEGO bricks
- 1 LEGO DUPLO truck
- 1 ABC poster
- 3 figures; boy, girl, and teddy bear
- Teaches the alphabet in a non-traditional way
- Inspires creativity
- Develops fine motor skills
- Sets the stage for imaginative play
- Provides an introduction to building
Heidi’s Thoughts: This toy stood out to me because it looked so fun! Providing as much exposure to the alphabet letters as possible while having a blast!
Little ones love to learn new things, drive things around, and build. What a great way to combine the three!
- 50 colorful flaps that pop open when the button is pushed
- 26 letters A-Z, 14 shapes, numbers 1-10
- Handle on top for easy carrying
- Offers opportunities to learn about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors
- Reinforces learning uppercase and lowercase letters
- Helps to develop hand-eye coordination
- Great to take in the car!
Heidi’s Thoughts: My daughter had one of these given to her. She’s still quite young to push the flaps open by herself, but she does like to do it with me or her dad.
It could provide great practice with a child who is 3+ years old!
- 26 fun facts
- 6 activities
- 26 melodies
- 4 sing-along songs
- 50 quiz questions
- Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
- Teaches letters, counting, phonics, and vocabulary
- Encourages language development
- Engages through different ways such as pulling the lever, pushing buttons, pressing the hippo’s mouth and rolling the ball
Heidi’s Thoughts: This toy offers a variety of ways to interact with it. It’s bound to have something that connects with every child.
Kids particularly like toys that make sounds and light up!
- 26 wooden letter pieces
- Says the name of each letter when the puzzle piece is matched correctly with the picture underneath
- Requires AAA batteries (not included)
- Offers interactive practice with pronouncing the letter names
- Reinforces each letter and sound relationship
- Gives another way to practice spelling words using the letter pieces
- Includes 71 wooden-handled upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation stamps, four-color washable ink Stamp pad
- 25 page Activity Book focusing on reading, writing and math skills
- Refines fine motor skills
- Helps to develop language, number, and problem solving skills
- Provides a fun way to add their own personal touch to their creations (ie. cards)
- Offers great practice for matching the uppercase and lowercase letters
Heidi’s Thoughts: I used alphabet stamps in my first grade classroom. They provided a new approach to spelling words (stamp them!) and matching the uppercase and lowercase letters. They also loved using the letters to stamp their own names!
Depending on your child’s age this could be a great independent activity!
- 52 letters
- Wooden Puzzle board
- A picture under each piece (different picture for the upper and lower case letters of each letter)
- Allows your child to match the name of the letter to its sound
- They can also match the shape of the letter to its space on the puzzle
- Offers practice with putting the letters in alphabetical order
- Gives a chance to sing the ABC song while pointing at the letters!
- 26 interactive alphabet tiles
- 1 Magnetic Tile Reader
- When a letter is placed on the bus and pushed once, it says the name and sound
- When a letter is placed on the bus and pushed twice, it uses the letter in a word and sentence
- Offers a fun way to practice the alphabet, right in your kitchen!
- Reinforces the letter names and sounds
- Builds vocabulary
- Strengthens coordination skills
- 26 letters
- 1 Write and Erase Board
- 1 Leapfrog character Mr. Pencil
- Plastic backpack for storage
- 7 activities that introduce letter names and sounds, writing, reading, drawing and animals
- 2 AA Batteries required (included, but it is suggested you replace them at home)
- Letters appear on the screen, you hear the sound of the letter and see a picture of an animal that begins with the letter
- Provides a fun and interactive way to explore, learn and practice the alphabet letters and related sounds and pictures
- Young children love to have their own backpack and “go to school!”
Heidi’s Thoughts: This is just so cute! All kinds of relevant activities tucked inside a portable backpack.
Sounds like an awesome way to help your child really get familiar with the letters of the alphabet and connect it to real world things like animals!
- 1 play computer
- 4 learning modes; ABCs, messages, games, and music
- 16 songs and melodies
- Handle for easy carrying
- Provides practice learning the letter and animal names
- Can customize it to spell your child’s name
- Send and receive pretend emails
- Helps your child be like mom and dad, with their own little computer
Heidi’s Thoughts: What a fantastic way to pretend play while taking advantage of the various learning opportunities included!
It also teaches your child responsibility through taking care of their own computer/toy. 🙂
- 1 game board
- letter cards and tokens
- Invites fun practice recognizing letters
- Encourages practice with vocabulary skills
- Match uppercase and lowercase letters or beginning sounds with corresponding pictures
- Learn and practice taking turns
Heidi’s Thoughts: As a teacher, I was always looking for new ideas to give my students practice with mastering new skills.
Playing games can provide a great opportunity to reinforce concepts like alphabet letters, practice with social skills like taking turns and learning to communicate with others.
- 36 blocks; 20 consonant blocks, 10 vowel blocks (2 of each)
- Storage bag
- Can be used to stamp out letters in clay or play dough
- Stackable, your child can literally build words!
- Reinforces letter recognition
- Provides practice for spelling simple words
Heidi’s Thoughts: Talk about versatile and fun! These blocks could provide hours of engaged learning.
If your child is using play dough to stamp out the letters, consider also inviting them to create objects that start with the same letter they are stamping out/ word they are creating. ie. while making the letter /s/ they could form a /snake/ with the play dough.
- 73 pieces in blue, green, orange, and purple
- Snap pieces together to build uppercase and lowercase letters
- 13 Activity cards with step-by-step instructions
- Provides a unique approach to learning the alphabet
- Develops fine motor skills
- Presents opportunities to create letters
- Helps to prepare children for writing
Heidi’s Thoughts: A great “think outside the box” type of activity. Dump the pieces out and see the creative wheels turn in your child’s mind!
One suggestion is to have your child trace the letters with their finger after building them, to reinforce the shape.
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