Although not all of the Top Ten products are geared to Early Childhood, they were all innovative and interesting! In future posts I'll be talking more about products that are Must Haves specifically for pre-k to 1st grade classrooms, plus hosting some fabulous giveaways, so be sure to check back for those! In the meantime, check out the products that made the comprehensive Top Ten:
The Reading Game was another of my Early Childhood faves! It teaches 180 sight words, most from the Pre-K, K and 1st grade Dolch lists. I've already got a giveaway for this one in the works, so check back to enter soon! Have extra Scholastic Bonus Points? Grab The Reading Game in the Bonus Catalog!
Say It! Game sample and play it with my family! Totally fun and engaging, we've played it several times since! Right now they only have 4th grade and up, but the creators are working on an Early Childhood version. I am chomping at the bit to be able to play this game with my students - it's great for teaching vocabulary, story telling and sentence structure! If you have any teacher friends in the 4th - 9th grade, tell them about this game - they'll love you for it!
Boinks Fidgets down! I found myself wandering the exhibit floor, mindlessly playing with one - they're irresistible! They are a wonderful, QUIET way to help those kids who need something to do with their busy hands! I was talking with another blogger about how they would also help those quitting smoking or those on a diet - give you something to do with your fingers rather than reach for more popcorn!
Goldiblox commercials?! Too funny! But, they have a valid point - it's not enough to simply make pink blocks, we have to entice girls to build (think Pre-STEM people!) with characters and materials that inspire them! Goldiblox now has an Education Kit for classroom use - just look at all these cool parts - don't they make you want to invent something?!
F.U.N Empty Number Line System. This is a dry erase empty number line The cards range from fractions to different ways to represent whole numbers (numeral, number word, ten frame, pictures). Start at any number you'd like to teach one more, one less etc!
Math Bands are an upper grade item to help with skip counting and multiplication. Pass this on to whichever teacher in your building is focusing on multiplication fact fluency!
Busy Fingers from Fiddle Focus are perfect for those kiddos who need some sensory stimulation. They velcro discreetly to the underside of desks or tables, anywhere where a child needs to focus and might need something to fiddle with. The interior of the product is a durable rubber which provides a "push" sensation in addition to the multiple fabric textures. I love that these are so discreet, no one needs to know when a child is using it, and since it velcros on, it won't become a projectile or be fumbled and dropped!
Pencil Grip might be just the thing!
Chibitronics Circuit Sticker Books were a big hit with some of the upper grade bloggers. It gives students hands on experience with LEDs, switches and sensors. I'm betting the older kids would love this!
KAPLA Blocks every time we go to the Science Museum in Oklahoma City. In one of the rooms there is a table with buckets of KAPLA Blocks for kids to create with! Each block is exactly the same shape, size and weight, making it a perfect building tool. As you can see from the picture, you can get some pretty impressive architecture out of these blocks, and yet last year when I took my Firsties to the Science Museum, they were just as enthralled with the blocks and spent quite a bit of time working with them! Again, one of my personal faves that you'll hopefully hear more about soon!
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