Best Books for 4 Year-Old Boys

Well, since I already have posts for Best Books for 2 Year-Olds and Best Books for 3 Year-Old Boys, I figured it was high time for me to put together new list, now that my son is a 4 year-old. You may notice just a couple of repeats, but just because my son is a year older, doesn’t mean he no longer likes books from when he was “little”. 🙂   The Day the Babies Crawled Away (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) Right now, this is one of my top 3 favorite books. It’s rhythm and rhyme make…

Great Educational Preschool Board Games

Next to books, board games are high on my list of educational “tools” for preschoolers. They make learning so much fun, teach good sportsmanship, and are a great way to spend quality time together. Below are some our favorite preschool board games. If you have others, please share in the comments section!   Build a Robot Game (Find out more or buy through Amazon…) I am pretty sure that this game was made specifically for my son. It is no wonder that it was awarded the Oppenheim Best Toy award. It has everything that a preschoolers like: a spinner, sturdy…

How I Choose the Best Books for My 3 Year-Old

I love finding books for my 3 year-old. But, with new authors and writing styles constantly entering the scene, it can be hard to sift through the fluff and find the treasures. Below are some of the things I look at when I search for books for my 3 year-old. Commercial Books Should Offer More Than Just Marketing I try to stay away from commercial books. That doesn’t mean that I won’t pick up an early-reader book featuring the cast of Cars 2. It just means that the book has to offer more than just an opportunity for Disney or whomever…

How to Get Your Spirited Preschooler to Enjoy Reading

Spirited children are often very intelligent, but (like most kids) they tend to excel at things that interest them. From what I have read and experienced, spirited kids either have an easy time with reading or they struggle. There may be a number of reasons that reading may be tough for a spirited kid. Some kids have a hard time sitting still. Others enjoy being read to but do not have the patience or motivation to read themselves. Some kids get distracted by the pictures or their minds wonder or they have a million questions or prefer to make up…

Practice the Alphabet and Phonics with Scattergories

(I originally wrote this post when Edison was a toddler. This activity was fantastic for practicing the alphabet and phonics. Now that he is in preschool, we are still getting a lot out of it. Even though he knows his alphabet, the game is great for phonics practice and we have modified it to help with vocabulary too!) I have a lot of board games left over from when I was a kid, and I just can’t wait until my son is old enough to enjoy them. Lately, I have started adapting some of the games to work for younger…

Great Preschool Activity for Expanding Vocabulary and Practicing Phonics

We have a 20 minute drive each way to get Edison to and from preschool. As much as I love getting a glimpse into the inner workings of the preschool mind, sometimes it is nice to have a productive conversation that does not revolve around rocket trains. So, recently we have been playing a modified version of “I Spy”. Wow! What a great way to pass the time! Not only does it keep the conversation focused, but I swear he learns 5 new things every time we get in the car. It has introduced him to new vocabulary, helped him…

Ideas and Tips for Playing Cards with Preschoolers

Now that we have mastered Uno (see my post: Playing Uno with a Preschooler), we have moved on to other, more “sophisticated” preschool card games. In fact, playing card games has become one of my favorite activities to do with my preschooler. Not only is it a fun bonding experience, but he somehow manages to learn something new every time we do it. Advantages of Playing Card Games with Preschoolers: Fun way to spend time together Gives my preschooler the opportunity to practice; colors, numbers, matching, etc. Expands his vocabulary to include card-related words like shuffling, dealing, hand, etc. Provides…