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<a href="http://216.92.20.151/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=71821" target="_blank">Preschool style educational toys in Talk Amongst Ourselves</a><br><br>
Posted a question in Talk Amongst Ourselves, then thought of Learning at Home. If you aren't sending kids to preschool, or even if you are, what should you have around the house? Puzzles, balls, art supplies, etc. What about any montessori style supplies? Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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Try <a href="http://www.montessori-n-such.com." target="_blank">www.montessori-n-such.com.</a> Love that catalogue! Also try Lakeshore learning supplies. Although I love the beauty and simplicity of Waldorf toys, I don't think toys have to be wooden to be worthy. There are many great manipulatives and educational supplies out there. Enjoy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Essentials for us include:<br><br>
Art supplies<br>
Musical instruments<br>
Play-doh<br>
Water/sand/garden toys<br>
Bags of various sizes to hold treasures<br>
BOOKS!!!<br><br>
DD has way too many toys for my liking (particularly stuffed animals - ugh!), and I would be happy to get rid of the vast majority of them. Frpom time to time I do what someone else suggested on one of your other threads - move the toys to a box and put them away. If they haven't been asked for in 3 months or so, I figure it's safe to give them away.<br><br>
I also try to let family know <i>how much</i> we appreciate books for DD, as well as suggest favorite titles and authors.<br><br>
I'm not totally opposed to plastic. DD thoroughly enjoys her tea party set (plastic) and her Mega Blocks (also plastic). Noisy toys.....when the batteries die we just don't replace them. Happily, her pink fuzzy princess phone from her great-grandparents is running low.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> (The sentimental me can't part with it - she is their only great-grandchild.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)
 

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Playdough<br>
Wooden blocks (MY favorite!)<br>
Paints<br>
Play-doh<br>
Puzzles<br>
Kid games (such as bingo, matching, dominos, etc)<br>
Elmer's glue<br>
Play DOH!<br>
Dress up box<br>
crayons<br>
play-dough<br>
kiddie computer games<br>
construction paper<br>
dolls<br><br>
Did I mention play dough? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Can't forget play dough.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Sorry, sorry, sorry I didn't write earlier to thank all of you for the wonderful ideas. Things got a little crazy when we listed our house for sale the day we left for vacation. Thought it would be easier with them showing it while we were gone, but that meant packing and cleaning all at once. Still on vacation but this is the first chance I've had to go online in weeks.<br><br>
Anyway, thank you all so much for the lists of toys, the store names and most of all the burst of confidence. I've printed out the entire thread and all the related ones. You've got me believing it's not only possible, but painless. As soon as we get home, I'm going to see what can definitly go. (I'm going to have to; our house sold in a week and we have to be out by Aug 30 - yikes!)<br><br>
Thanks again, you're all brilliant!
 

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I don't think you need to spend big money on any special props or "educational" toys. Anything you can find anywhere can be used as a learning tool. Paper bags, crayons, sticks, rocks, whatever.<br>
Magazines and junk mail are a big hit around our house, and when DD is finished with looking at the pictures, making up stories, and finding certain letters (or things that begin with - ), etc., we recycle them.
 

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We love magnets; alphabet, numbers, shapes, truck/construction scenes/ farm animals, etc.....Will loves to manipulate them and is learning to spell. He also loves flash cards and we couldn't survive if he didn't have safe things for climbing. And definitely blocks, a well stocked art cabinet and musical instruments are essential.<br>
I use good educational videos quite a bit w my son as well.
 
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