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It’s that time of year again… everyone is getting ready to head back to school. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the freshly-stocked school supplies! I like to look for deals and stock up, because really, can you ever have enough composition notebooks and glue sticks? We were at Walmart the other day, browsing in the school supply section and I found the perfect activity books for my daughter. They had an entire section of Disney Junior preschool learning activities and workbooks! I was so pumped!! Let me just tell you that she is obsessed with these shows… Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Doc McStuffins are her favorites. What a great way to get her excited about learning!
My daughter is three and attending preschool this fall, but I’m always looking for creative ways to teach and reinforce what she is learning at home. One of her favorite things to do is dress up! (I’m sure all moms of little girls can relate, right?) So I decided to incorporate something she loves into her learning time at home to make it more fun.
I took each of the Disney Junior learning activities and created a dress-up kit to go along with that character! She already had all of the costumes, I just put them in a box with a few accessories and the activities.
First, she put on the dress and accessories and then we did the Sofia the First activity together. This box had a Color & Shapes learning activity that was really fun! She sorted shape tokens by color and then took a turn coloring some shapes and identifying what colors they were.
Next, I let her open the Jake and the Neverland Pirates box with the pirate costume and a Rhyming activity. I loved this one! It includes several round tokens with words and pictures on them, and then you have to identify words that rhyme. We had fun talking about what sounds the words make and finding tokens that went together. It would also be fun to have a “treasure hunt” around the house searching for items that rhyme with the words on the tokens.
Here are some of the other dress-up kits I pulled together. We’ll save Minnie and Doc McStuffins for more learning time another day!
Even if you don’t have these dress-ups at home, be creative and put some of their toys or household items in the box to go along with character or show. For Doc McStuffins you could add a play doctor kit and some band-aids, or make your own mini doctor kit with things you have at home (like this one!)
If you want to be the coolest mom ever and pick up some of these Disney Junior back to school activity packs, head to Walmart and make sure to look in the school supply aisles. Here’s where I found them in my store:
My daughter is so excited to have her own “homework” and activities she can do while big brothers are studying. What do you do to help your preschooler get excited to learn?