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One thing that I have found to be so important in our learning environment is to fill our house with learning games and manipulatives that the kids enjoy working with. It has been a huge help to make our learning more hands-on and interactive. I truly believe that is the way learning should happen- especially with young children. As soon as I started teaching my children at home, I changed the focus of the toys and games that I buy. I like to buy things that have a purpose- that teach something. It’s been really great because we play & learn at the same time. My kids love this so much and so do I! Today I am going to share some games & toys with you that we love and use regularly.
- Letter Tiles-Great for teaching the alphabet, spelling
- Dominoes-You can play lots of math games with these
- Playing Cards-play Math War & other math games
- Bean Bags
- Pattern Blocks-There are tons of free printable pattern pages you can find online
- Animal Counters-great for patterns, counting, weaighing, measuring…
- Maps and map Puzzles-geography, obviously!
- Puzzles- there are so many kinds
- Dice- number & letter ones—games!!
- Boggle-Great for beginning spellers!
- What’s Gnu-Great for teaching & practicing spelling!
- Magic Math Machines- They have them for addition, subtraction, Multiplication & Division. I was lucky to find them at a thrift store.
- Flash Cards-We have tons of flash card sets. At Target and the dollar store they always have a bunch of different kinds of these in the fall that we like to pick up & use for all kinds of purposes. I usually hole punch them & put them on rings to keep in order.
- The Learning Journey has some great games & puzzles that you can find at lots of stores (Our Ross & T.J. Maxx stores carry them often) We have a few & my kids really like them.
- Leap Frog has some amazing educational toys and games. We have a few: The fridge Magnetic word builder is fun to practice 3 letter words.
What toys and games do you have that you and your family love to use in your school?