Last week we started a series called Mama’s Treasure Box. To read last week’s post about Traveling Coloring Organizers, click HERE.
Highlights for Kids - Hello Magazine
Another easy addition to your Treasure Box is books. In our digital world today, books are often a forgotten commodity; but, they are something that can work well for kids of any age. My children have been gifted Highlights Magazines from their great-aunt. These are perfect for the Treasure Box because they are delivered monthly and are always new and exciting!
I was first introduced to this next type of book when I was teaching 4K. They are called Me-Readers. These electronic books come in a variety of levels and subjects. One of the things I love the most about them is that they come in fiction and non-fiction books. Our family has three sets of these books, and the first set we received is still just as big of a hit as the last!
As much as I love reading paper books and the skills that are learned while reading them, I love digital books just as much. I especially enjoy digital books because sometimes there are situations when reading to or with your child just isn’t possible. Digital books to the rescue!
Space Quiet Book
Space Quiet Book - Inside
An alternative to paper books or e-books are quiet books. These are stories in flannel form that children can use to create their own stories. Flannel books come in a variety of themes and can be store bought (Target’s Dollar Spot is a great source for these) or homemade (search Etsy for Quiet Books). We currently have a space set, a dollhouse set, and a transportation set in our Treasure Box. These are really wonderful for allowing creativity and imagination. Each set, individually or together, offers endless possibilities for kids to play independently or together to make up stories and adventures for the characters.
Felt boards are another quiet activity but are slightly more bulky to carry around. The felt board sets we have are a construction site, firefighters, police officers and a classroom. Again, these can be used individually or together. These sets can have multiple people and equipment or tools that would be used in each occupation. I love the endless possibilities that these boards offer for kids imaginations, as well. My son loves to use the different people and things on one board to work together to solve a problem.
Dollhouse Quiet Book
Dollhouse Quiet Book Inside
Whether you have the books or boards, the creativity and possibilities are endless and can help your children’s minds grow. One of my favorite things to do as a parent is to sit back, watch and listen to the stories my children create. Their minds are constantly moving. To get the opportunity to watch it unfold is amazing!
Books and Boards Tips: The books in my Treasure Box are probably the item that gets changed out the most often. I take the cues from my kids as to what books they are most interested in at any given time and change them out as they become less interested. You could potentially use library books, but do so with caution so they do not get lost or forgotten!
Some of the flannel books and boards come with smaller pieces that could easily disappear. For these sets, I used hot glue to put them together permanently. This allows for story telling without the fear of pieces disappearing (but let’s face it, they will still walk away).
Coming up next week: Puzzles and Sorting Cards
Rainbows and Mud
Rainbows and Mud
Parenting is a roller coaster of adventures - some days are filled with rainbows and other days are full of mud. Sometimes you may experience both in the same day. Join me as I share with you the rainbows and mud in my world.