In the comment section of my post On Setting Goals, I was asked:
What are those “toys” that you take out only during school time? I struggle with getting my younger kids- 5, 4, 2,and 1 to leave me alone to work one on one with my first grader.
I think every mother of little ones must struggle with this! Right?? However, I notice that when I am organized it isn’t quite as big of a challenge. I think making a point to start the school day with the little ones will definitely help.
This coming year I plan on spending 15 minutes working on some sort of memorization work: memorizing a poem or working on art appreciation, and then getting them started on a workbook, coloring, or “learning” toy/game.
We have a large variety of these “school time” toys that I have been collecting over the past years. My children look forward to playing with these toys, and I rotate them, so that they will hold their attention long enough for me to accomplish some school work with my older children.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Wooden & Foam Puzzles. I especially love the Lauri puzzles, they have some great ones for perception development. Although Chiquita loves the ones we have by Schylling. Melissa & Doug also carries lots of great puzzles. These I keep in a puzzle storage case, which I love!
- Various 20 piece box puzzles (Twinkle Toes loves these!)
- Lacing Shapes and Place & Trace
- Wooden Lacing Beads
- FeltTales and various other Flannel Board items (some of which are homemade!)
- Safari Toobs: Various Sets –At this point we have most all of them.
- Blessed Toys: Tales of Glory Sets
- Playful Patterns, Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks, Mighty Mind and SuperMind
- Coloring Books (I have a basket full for the children to choose from at anytime.)
- Various Memory or Matching Games
- Stickers!!! My girls love stickers!
I also have a collection of videos that the little ones are allowed to watch during school time. Our favorite series is definitely Signing Time. We have most of the original series, and we recently added 1-3 of Season Two to our collection. I am hoping to add 4-7 for this coming school year.
These toys are by no means necessary, but I do find them very helpful!