Children generally start preschool between the ages of 2 and 3, during which time they develop incredibly quickly. From getting to grips with language, learning how to count, recognising letters and perfecting a whole load of motor skills. If you're keen to help them with their early years education at home, we’ve got it covered.
TO ENCOURAGE COUNTING
Ok, so no-one expects a Countdown genius at preschool stage, but helping them with their numbers early means they won’t feel so challenged when they encounter proper maths lessons. An abacus ideal for their developing numeracy skills. Jabadabado does a lovely rainbow version: it's the kind of thing that they'll revisit again and again, as their counting skills grow.
HELPING WITH THEIR ABCs
Before they're able to start reading, they need to figure out the alphabet. Abrams & Chronice TouchThinkLearn: ABC is an interactive board book with scooped-out die-cuts and raised elements that invites little readers to explore the letters of the alphabet in a whole new way. The TouchThinkLearn series also includes shapes and numbers - why not get them the whole set?
FOR COLOUR RECOGNITION (& MORE COUNTING!)
If they’re more of a visual kind of kid, then the Janod I'm Learning How To Count Peacock is great for learning numbers and colours. Each time they rotate the peacock, a number appears on the base - they choose the right feather by matching the number or dots. So as well as being toy with several ways to play, it also looks lovely on the shelf.
SUSSING OUT SHAPES
Shapes and colours are a big deal at preschool, so give them a head start with the Janod I Wood Shapes & Sounds 6 Block Puzzle that's been designed to develop a range of toddler skills: the varied shapes are great for helping them identify different forms, but for an added bonus each cube has a unique function: bell, kaleidoscope, sound effects, horn, rattle and mirror, to build their sensory skills.