I'd already been planning our little Piper & Catey School when Learning Resources asked me if I'd like to check out one of their new "All Ready for _____" Kits. I love Learning Resources products & quality, so I jumped at the opportunity. We were so excited when the box arrived (can you tell from the picture?).
They've been having tons of fun with everything that's packed into this Readiness Kit...& there's A LOT packed into it! In addition to the Readiness Kit, we also got the correlating game, Picnic Party.
The girls are having so much fun, which makes my heart smile because I know that that's a fundamental step toward learning.
Of course, even though fun is important, you've got to have a solid base in foundational concepts and skills....and those are packed in here, too! (Which also makes my heart smile....because I want these girls to be ready for Kindergarten!) Check this out:
The activities support both Language & Math development, & I like that there are three levels for each activity, so you can move kiddos into the concept gradually....
Ready - a friendly little intro to the concept. If ready is too easy, move on the the next level. Ready seems a little too hard? Let your kiddos play with the materials awhile longer.
Set - move on to this step when your child is solid with the Ready level.
Go! - these activities are just a little more challenging than the Set level.
Here are some of my girls' favorite activities...
Picnic Party - One-to-one Correspondence, Counting, Greater Than/Less Than
My girls love this game! I love the math skills that they're acquiring! Check out all of those math skills that they're working on!
Pile of Leaves, Critter Pile Up, Measure Up!
Red Rover, Line Up!, Buggy Battle
More/Less, Beginning Measurement, Fine Motor Skills
Is it just me, or do kiddos come to you with lower & lower levels of fine motor skills? I really like how Learning Resources has built some fine motor skill practice into many of the activities in this pack. Kiddos have to use the Gator Grabber (otherwise known as fun gator-shaped tweezers) to pick up & move the bugs.
Line Up was a challenge....they had 10 seconds to move a group of matching-color critters to a leaf. Stressful! (not really --- but when you're under the clock.....) The we counted & talked about which leaf had more/less. You know, I'm a teacher..so I already think that way (poor kiddos! haha). Parents will love that directions are laid out explicitly: not just how to play, but also suggestions for conversations.
Shape Up!, Building Bugs, Home Run
Okay --- I'll admit my math teacher heart LOVES how this activity supports the mathematical process standard (I can see how numbers and shapes go together). It's also one of my girls' favorites because, lets. admit it....who doesn't love playing with & manipulating shapes?
Match Game, Dancing with Letters, Lace-in-Line
There are many more language supporting activities in the kit, but my girls' favorites were any of the ones that used the lacing letters. There's just something fun about manipulating those colorful little letters. And when you get to string them? That's almost like making jewelry! haha
I'm loving how playing these fun activities are getting my girls ready for Kindergarten! Guess what.....Learning Resources has even more kits! If you've got littles, Learning Resources has a Readiness Kit that'll work for them....you may want to take a look at the Ready for Preschool or the Ready for First Grade Kits.