50 of the Best Books to Read to your Preschooler

Growing up, I read a lot of books. While I may not read as much as I used to, I do know that in these early years, reading books to your child is one of the best things you can do to support their learning in language and literacy and develop their imagination. With that said, from teaching preschool, some of my favorites from childhood, and new ones I was introduced to in studying Early Childhood Education, this list of books sums up the most enriching, fun, and engaging books I could think of.

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz
  2. The Berenstain Bears (series) by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  3. The Boy and the Ocean by Max Lucado
  4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle
  5. Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina
  6. Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richard Scarry
  7. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (All Dr. Seuss books are really highly recommended)
  8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert
  9. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  10. Curious George by Margret Rey & H.A. Rey
  11. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  12. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri
  13. Eating the Alphabet by LoiUntitleds Ehlert
  14. Forever by Emma Dodd
  15. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  16. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobell
  17. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  18. Good Night, Moon – Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd
  19. Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
  20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  21. Have You Filled A Bucket Today by Carol McCloud
  22. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose
  23. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond
  24. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  25. It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
  26. It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
  27. Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  28. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  29. Love Monster by Rachel Bright
  30. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  31. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  32. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  33. The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth
  34. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  35. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
  36. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  37. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  38. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  39. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  40. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
  41. The Three Little Pigs by Brothers Grimm
  42. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  43. The Tortoise and the Hare an Aesop’s Fable
  44. The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  45. The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach
  46. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams & William Nicholson
  47. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  48. The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  49. We‘re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  50. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

 

Have any other book suggestions not on this list? I would love to hear about them!

Amber

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Painting with Wet Glue

Looking for a fun easy craft to do? You need the following household items:

  • Toothpicks (optional)blog
  • Different colors of paint (can also be used with food coloring)
  • Aluminum foil pan or recycled lids  (I used a pie pan)
  • Glue

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First pour the glue into the container you will be using, I used a pie pan for this step. Next add in some paint. (Without the blue paint it kind of reminds me of Green Eggs and Ham!)

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Finally, give your child some toothpicks or they can use their fingers to swirl the paint into the glue and make cool patterns swirling the colors around. When the glue dries, it could even be hung up outside to make a cool sun catcher! The best part of this colorful activity is that it allows your child to grow his/her fine motor skills in their hands!

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Thanks for following along! Did you try this activity? How did it go? Post a picture to the comments, I would love to see!

Amber

The Importance of Outdoor Play: 80 fun things to do outdoors

With such a technology driven culture today, children are spending less and less time outdoors. I for one think this is a problem. Is it because they are bored? Is it because technology today is more appealing? Hearing the words “go outside and play” shouldn’t be a phrase children dread. Besides the numerous health benefits, there are so many different things to do outside that it should be thought of as being the importance of playfun, not boring. Curious on just how many things I could think of, I compiled a list of ideas I remembered doing as a child outdoors and ideas from other peers. Here is my list of 80 Activities to do with your kids outdoors, have fun!

  1. for a bike ride
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Rake leaves & then jump in the pile!
  4. Plant a garden (flowers/food)
  5. Roll down a hill
  6. Go on a nature walk
  7. Build a treehouse
  8. Jump rope
  9. Play soccer
  10. Go swimming
  11. Run through a sprinkler
  12. Kick a ball around
  13. Climb a tree
  14. Paint or draw outside
  15. Play baseball
  16. Look at bugs
  17. Make a lemonade stand
  18. Fly a kite
  19. Play basketball
  20. Toss around a football
  21. Chase your child
  22. Play tag/freeze tag
  23. Sidewalk chalk
  24. Look for shapes in the clouds
  25. Play hide and seek
  26. Pick up garbage around your community
  27. Go for a walk
  28. Visit a community park/playground
  29. Blow bubbles
  30. Play catch with a ball
  31. Play in a sandbox
  32. Look at the moon/stars/night sky
  33. Go camping
  34. Make snow angels
  35. Have a snowball fight
  36. Try to identify bird calls
  37. Dig in the dirt for worms
  38. Watch ants
  39. Play hopscotch
  40. Make a birdfeeder
  41. Ice-skate
  42. Make leaf prints
  43. Build a sand castle
  44. Try to catch snow on your tongue
  45. Play with/walk a pet
  46. Build paper airplanes
  47. Play spray bottle water tag
  48. Have a nerf gun battle
  49. Do a scavenger hunt
  50. Go geocaching
  51. Paint pinecones
  52. Play hopscotch
  53. Make a balance beam
  54. Make an obstacle course
  55. Collect rocks
  56. Play “I Spy”
  57. Skip rocks
  58. Visit a zoo
  59. Bean bag toss
  60. Read books outdoors
  61. Visit a nearby beach
  62. Go to an apple orchard
  63. Visit a farm
  64. Make a snowman
  65. Go skiing
  66. Smell the flowers
  67. Chase and catch butterflies
  68. Go sledding
  69. Build a fort
  70. Feed ducks
  71. Balloon tennis (fly swatter & balloon)
  72. Go fishing
  73. Splash in puddles
  74. Look for animal tracks
  75. Go bird watching
  76. Listen to sounds and find what makes them (crickets, frogs, birds, etc.)
  77. Have a campfire
  78. Make a nature collage
  79. Visit a public baseball field
  80. Wash the car

Have any other ideas not on my list? I would love to hear them!

Amber

Welcome!

Welcome to my newly created page! This will be a place I share my creative side in life– my hobby of photography, watercolor paintings for sale, and primarily preschool crafts I have stumbled upon and come up with to be used in the classroom to give other teachers and moms some ideas. Feel free to follow along!

Amber