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A fifth birthday means that the start of kindergarten is either here or right around the corner. (It also means that a High Five is now an appropriate birthday greeting, but we digress.) Help build those school skills with great toys that are just as much fun as they are educational.
PRACTICE FINE MOTOR SKILLS WITH SMALL PIECES…
Micro Cubebot Folding Robot Wooden Puzzle at Amazon for $9.89
The Apples Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree Handmade Lacing Toy (6pc set includes laces) by Mama May I at Etsy for $29.00
Alphabet Letter Robot Toys (26pc set) at Amazon for $39.99
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game at Target for $14.69
Perfection Game at Amazon for $10.99
Marble Run Super Set at Amazon for $49.00
Alex Toys Little Hands Ready Set Cut Set at Amazon for $11.97
Play-Doh Starter Set at Amazon for $7.99
Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio at Target for $16.29
Editor’s note: Using an app, bring Play-Doh creations to life.
PRACTICE LETTER AND NUMBER WRITING WITH ART…
Melissa and Doug Letter and Number 1000 Piece Sticker Collection at Amazon for $4.95 as an Add-On Item
Ready to Hang Art and Frame Set at Amazon for $21.99
Editor’s note: The set includes 1 handmade wood frame (allows you to change your artwork as often as you like), non-toxic, washable paint pot, 1 9″ x 9″ embossed artist canvas and 2 brushes.
Crayola Creativity Tub at Amazon for $18.58
Editor’s note: Includes 80+ Art Tools, Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils Construction Paper and More.
Crayola My First Finger Paint Kit at Amazon for $9.99
Editor’s note: If this is too messy for mom and dad, check out this mess-free option.
Double-Faced Magnetic Chalkboard / Dry-Erase Whiteboard Box Set at Amazon for $12.99
Editor’s note: “Over 100 colorful different themed wooden pieces with full magnetic backing. Including A Dry Erase marker with an eraser on the end cap, a Three piece Chalk set , an eraser for the chalk and an idea booklet for arranging the shapes.”
Hape Anywhere Table Top Easel at Amazon for $39.99
Editor’s note: “Features a magnetic whiteboard on one side and a chalk board on the other. Includes: easel, two chalk pieces, one eraser, and magnetic wood clamp.”
Table Top Art Easel at Land of Nod for $69.00
Editor’s note: “It features a paper roll holder, holes for paint cups, a chalkboard and a magnetic whiteboard. Plus, it even has a folding design for storage.”
Melissa and Doug Standing Art Easel at Amazon for $60.99 and $69.99 with personalization
Editor’s note: “Includes dry-erase board, chalkboard, locking paper-roll holder, child-safe paper cutter, 4 easy-clip grips and 2 large plastic trays that can be removed for easy cleaning. Folds flat for easy storage.”
SPLURGE: Ultimate Art Easel at Pottery Barn Kids for $179.00
Editor’s note: “Features two roomy storage shelves, chalkboard, whiteboard, dowel to hold craft paper, and cups for storing brushes and paint.”
PRACTICE SITTING STILL AND LISTENING WITH CHAPTER BOOKS…
Zoe and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro Hardcover Book at Amazon for $11.89
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon Paperback Books at Amazon for $12.90
Charlotte’s Web Hardcover Book by E.B. White at Amazon for $5.39
E. B. White Box Set: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan Paperback Books at Amazon for $13.63
James and the Giant Peach Hardcover
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Hardcover Book by Roald Dahl at Amazon for $11.34
Roald Dahl Magical Gift Set of 4 Paperback Books in a Box at Amazon for $20.12
Editor’s note: This set includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach and the Incredible Mr. Fox.
Editor’s note: This set includes 1. The Witches, 2. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, 3. Matilda, 4. The BFG, 5. Going Solo, 6. George’s Marvellous Medicine, 7. Danny the Champion of the World, 8. James and the Giant Peach, 9. The Twits, 10. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, 11. Boy Tales of Childhood, 12. Fantastic Mr Fox, 13. Esio Trot, 14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and 15. The Magic Finger
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