I popped into my local Dollar Tree this week and decided to look over the items that could be used for preschoolers and early elementary children. I had hoped to find those cook dice that are about three inches and have a dry erase circle on each side but my store was out of these. If you find any in your local store, I suggest you snap up a couple because they can be very useful. You can write or draw pictures for sit, stand, jump, letters, numbers, letter blends, sight words, and any number of other things.
Next, these letter, number, and shape foam puzzles are great for kinesthetic learners. They have some nice texture to them. You can use the capital letters and lower case letters for matching once they are at that place. You can also put together CVC words. As you can see, this is one item that can be used in many different ways as your child grows and learns.
This play dough is really nice! I bought some for use with my grandson and I was surprised with how nice it was. You can use it to form letters and numbers with dough rolled into ropes as well as general play.
I hope these things give you some ideas of some inexpensive things you can use to help educate your children. There are also bowls, pans, trays and even the cat litter pan that you can use for things like shaving cream and rice where you can have them practice drawing the letters and numbers.
Oh and don’t forget the stickers, craft supplies, coloring books, and educational workbooks. I’d recommend getting several things to begin with and then using a few dollars each week to get a few more.
I hope this is helpful to you and your children.
Until next time,