Saturday, December 5, 2015

5 Learning Toys That Will Occupy Toddlers and Preschoolers While Homeschooling Older Kids

Homeschooling is not easy. Throw a toddler or preschooler in the mix, and it can be downright hard. I have read many articles on how to entertain toddlers or preschoolers while homeschooling older children, but I wanted to throw my ideas out here.

Titus is 3, and Silas is 5. Titus has a preschool workbook he "works" in {coloring, cutting, gluing, stickers, etc} while Silas does his work. Silas has Kindergarten work each day, but it only takes him around an hour to complete {with my full attention and supervision!}. Afterwards, they can get quite bored while waiting for the older kids to finish. Here are a few toys and games that have worked for us - by working for us, I mean "held their attention long enough for me to teach a new math concept".">Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks
These Beginner Pattern Blocks from Melissa and Doug are great! The colorful shapes fit into the recessed designs {10 different patterns}. This is great for color and shape recognition and fine motor skill development. I love the wooden crates their toys come in, too!">Melissa & Doug Wooden Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle
Also from Melissa and Doug is this adorable Wooden Bear Family Dress Up Puzzle! What my boys love about this set is that there are so many different outfits, shoes, and even faces to change on this family! The clothes are divided into three compartments, and they only fit the "right" bear. This keeps them entertained for long stretches {by long stretch, I mean 10-20 minutes}!">Bendaroos Mega Pack 500 Pieces
I can thank my Mother-in-Law for turning us on to these Bend-a-Roos! You can use these wax strings to make all kinds of creations! We even use them with All About Reading to make letters. They are super easy to use and lots of fun! This 500 piece set will keep your toddlers occupied!">Lauri Tall-Stacker Pegs Building Set

My little ones love stacking these pegs! This Lauri Toys Tall Stacker Peg Building Set comes with 100 pegs, 17 shape boards and 1 100-hole peg board. There are so many ways to play with this, your child will be entertained for a long time! There are also number peg boards, letter peg boards, and shape peg boards.">Melissa & Doug Big Button Number Fun
You can probably tell we love Melissa and Doug at our house! This Big Button Number Fun is a great toy to teach counting, sorting and matching. There are 10 different boards, lots of buttons in different colors and shapes, and 10 number cards.

There are many more toys and games that we use at our house, but I tried to pick our favorites. I hope this helped someone!


  1. I sooooo need this post! Excellent suggestions! Thank you for this!

  2. Children can learn a lot from playing. When you give your child educational toys and play with them with her, it gives her a chance to bond with you, learn, and have fun at the same time. And making education enjoyable will help your child retain the things she learns and develop a positive attitude toward learning.