This post contains affiliate links. You can read more about this in my full disclosure policy.Welcome to This Reading Mama! I’m on Day 4 of a 5-Day Series with Kid Blogger Network called The ABCs of… I’m posting about learning toys and mainpulatives that you can pull out when your child is learning his or her ABCs. Today, we’ll cover letters P through T. If you’ve missed any of these posts, please click on the image above or HERE to view all of the toys and manipulatives for letters A-O.
Words highlighted in blue are actual links and will take you to a product page or a post where you can see the item being used in action.
P is for…
- PANTRY ITEMS
- PATTERN BLOCKS– We recently reviewed these giant magnetic pattern blocks to go with our smaller ones and loved the product.
- PEGS/PEGBOARD– The one you see in the picture is this one, but we also have this set. These sets are GREAT for fine motor work to prepare kids for writing later.
- PICK-UP STICKS– we have the Giant Pick-Up Sticks set
- PIGGY BANK
- PIPE CLEANER– great for lacing through the big buttons or stringing on the pony beads
- PLASTIC SLEEVE PROTECTORS– so you can reuse worksheets, like tracing sheets over and over (see My Handwriting Notebook for an example)
- POCKET CHART– We use ours almost daily in our schoolwork, especially with my FREE Preschool Reading Curriculum, Reading the Alphabet
- POINTERS– You can buy one like this (we have one of these) or create your own pointers
- POM-POMS– We use pom-poms a TON. Sorting by color, by size, covering letters through mazes…as a variation, hot glue magnets on the back and play on a cookie sheet or the fridge
- POPCORN KERNELS
- POPSICLE STICKS
- POST-IT NOTES
- POTATO HEAD
- POTS and PANS– real or pretend
- PUSH PINS– we use these giant push pins to make poke pages.
- PVC PIPING
Q is for…
- Q-TIPS– We use Q-Tips quite a bit as a make-shift pain brush to place Elmer’s glue on art projects, but I also love this idea, too
- QUILT FABRIC
- QWIRKLE– although this is really a game for older kids, it could be adapted for younger children as well.
R is for…
- RECYCLED ITEMS– Use a peanut butter jar to store scissors, glue sticks and crayons. Use those Gerber puff bottles as bowling pins. Use coffee containers in sensory play.
- REMOTE CONTROL CARS/VEHICLES– ALuv has several vehicles, but MBug (at 2.5 years of age) just got her own for Christmas this year. I highly recommend it!
- RUBBER BANDS
S is for…
- SAND/SAND TOYS
- SCISSORS– My favorite scissors for the beginner are these Maped Koopy scissors! They have two settings and make learning to cut super easy.
- SENSORY PLAY and BINS
- (SHAVING CREAM)
- SIDEWALK CHALK
- SOCKS– sort them, matching pairs of socks, folding socks
- SORTING TOYS
- STACKING TOYS
T is for…
- TAG/TAG JR.
- TAPE– I don’t know what it is, but both my boys LOVE to play with tape. I make sure to buy them their own tape so they stay out of mine! 🙂
- TILES– letter or number tiles
- TISSUE PAPER– tear or cut it to use in crafts
- TOOTHPICKS– poke in Playdough or use on those poke pages
- TRAINS– We have the Thomas (take along set) and GeoTrax, but I also love the wooden train sets
- TRAYS– we have several like this one or you can use cookie trays (purchased at $1 store)
Need some mom tips and tricks? Try these ABC series!
- Being a Hands on Mom from hands on : as we grow
- Connecting with your Kids from One Perfect Day
- Family Field Trips with Kids from Edventures with Kids
- Fun Healthy Snacks for Kids from Juggling with Kids
- Kids Party Ideas from Mama Pea Pod
- Mama Survival from The Dizzy Mom
- Organized Home from Mamas Like Me
- Printables from Mama Miss
- Raising Boys from Boy Mama Teacher Mama
- Raising Eco-Friendly Kids from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
- Raising Girls from Mess for Less
- Raising a Healthy Kid from Living Life Intentionally
- Raising a Thinking Child from The Outlaw Mom
- Raising Toddlers from Home Learning Journey
- Raising a World Citizen from All Done Monkey
- Simply Celebrating Holidays as a Family from Inspired by Family Magazine
- Teaching Kids about Money from Carrots are Orange
- The Family Dinner Table from Connecting Family & Seoul
- Trying A New Experience with Your Children from 52 Brand New
- Values for Children from True Aim Education
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