Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fun Gifts for Early Literacy Skills

Looking for a great gift for a young child? How about a fun toy that will also help promote early literacy skills?

Here are a few recommendations:

Edushape Textured Brightly Colored Foam Building Blocks - Blocks for building that are soft enough to not cause a bruise when Johnny and Sally decide to start throwing them! 

Kid O Magnatabs – There are several to choose from: Capital and Lower case letters in both print and cursive and numbers 0-9.

Melissa & Doug Beginning Pattern Blocks
– Featuring ten colorful wooden patterns of familiar objects and 30 shape pieces to replicate the pictures, this is a great puzzle for preschoolers and early elementary students.

Giant Alphabet Stampers
– Children can stamp a note or make a card using these giant alphabet stamps!

Melissa & Doug Stack and Sort Board
– A wooden pattern and counting toy, this is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers just learning their shapes and numbers.
Legos Duplos – Made for smaller hands Duplos are Legos that are much larger than the popular original building toy.

Early literacy skills are developed through more than just activities involving letters and words. Toys that use patterns and spark imagination and creativity all aid in increasing a child’s pre-reading knowledge.

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