With most schools going completely or partially virtual for the immediate future, parents are looking for extra tools to help them with the home schooling journey. Here are a few of our favorites that incorporate learning and fun.
ABC Mouse - I know we mention ABC Mouse a lot, but we can't help it. It just never gets old for any of our children which range from age 2 through 6! They think they are playing on the iPad but they are actually learning to read, counting, and spelling. They can even learn about art, science, and nature! When you subscribe today you receive your first month free.
Babiators Blue Light Blocking Glasses are now sold at Little Hoboken! These Screen Saver glasses will help you protect your children’s eyes from overexposure to digital screens. They block 55% of Blue Light through Category 1 lenses to decrease blue light exposure and keep kids eyes safe. They currently come in pink, blue, and black and we have them in two sizes (Ages 3-5 and Ages 6+). Pick them up at our store or click here to order them online.
Brain Quest - These card decks are made for each grade and include curriculum based exercises and games. Ages 3-4 covers colors, shapes, letters, numbers, opposites, and more. Age 4-5 covers counting, spelling, vocabulary, and more. Ages 5-6 is more of a question and answer game complimenting the Kindergarten curriculum.
Kidzlane Wooden My Body Puzzle is a 5 layer (29 piece) wooden puzzle of the human body that explores skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and muscular systems. There are both boy and girl versions that promote body positivity and confidence, as well as teach anatomy.
The options are endless with Learning Resources Alphabet Soup Sorters. The toy comes with 26 cans (one for each letter of the alphabet) and cards in each can. You can practice letter recognition, phonics, and enhance vocabulary and memory and recall skills. While it is a larger toy, you can use it on so many ways, it makes it worth the space it takes up on the shelf.
Learning Resources Early MathLink Cube Activity Set teaches addition and subtraction in a fun and hands on way. This set of colored cubes that snap together also comes with activity cards for addition, subtraction, and sequencing.
Introduce you child to physics with Gears Gears Gears. This STEM construction toy set introduces kids to designing and constructing through physics using gears and a hand crank. This toy can be used by a 3 year old, but gets more intricate as they get older and can be used for many years to come.
The Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad (ages 3-5) combines playing with the iPad and playing with actual handheld pieces. The Osmo Genius steps it up a notch with appropriate programming and games for ages 6-10. Osmo also makes a very for the Kindle Fire.
Pretend and Play Calculator Cash Register by Learning Resources is solar powered just like your old calculator! It come with life size pretend bills and coins, as well as a credit card and activity guide. It is listed as age 3 and up, but this toy would probably be best for age 4 or 5 and up and has some great math games to keep them busy.
Scholastic Early Learners Pre-K Wipe Clean Workbook covers a wide range of topics including writing letters and numbers, identifying letter sounds, sequencing, colors, shapes, and opposites.
U.S.A. 51 Piece Floor Puzzle by Melissa and Doug (recommended for ages 6 +) - each state piece includes the state's name and capital, with most state's including a state hallmark or industry.
Science Kits and Projects like these Kiss Naturals Kits for Kids
Do-It-Yourself Bath Bomb Kit has everything you need to make you can make 8 fizzy bath bombs. Recommended for ages 6 and up, but can also be used by younger children with adult supervision.
100% DIY Glycerin Soap Kit includes everything you need to make 16 organic hand soaps. It also comes with a cloth bag and magazine inside. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
100% Natural DIY Lava Lip Gloss Kit offers step by step instructions to make 6 lava lip glosses, while also allowing you to create your own recipes! Recommended for ages 6 and up.