Due to the recent pandemic, many of you can’t (or don’t feel comfortable) send your child to preschool this fall. As the director of a preschool, many of our own families have decided to not return to school. I recognize that a lot of you may be putting a lot of pressure on yourselves to have preschool at home. Let me just say this: You don’t have to go out and buy all the things. Let me share with you this simple preschool school supply list. These are the things you will use the most during preschool at home.
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Preschool School Supply List
- Scissors-You will want to buy a pair of 5″ blunt tip scissors. Scissoring is hard for preschoolers, but with practice, they will get better and better. Using scissors is a great way to get build those hand muscles.
- Glue Sticks-In my classroom, we love using the disappearing purple glue sticks-it helps the students manage how much glue they are using.
- Glue-Old fashioned squeeze bottle glue is important, too. Kids need to learn how to squeeze the bottles and regulate how much glue they are using.
- Crayons-I recommend the fat ones; they are easier for little hands to hold.
- Markers-Important to have on hand; makes writing name more fun!
- Multicultural Crayons & Markers-Because all kids are not the same skin tone. These are AMAZING and every single child should have them in their crayon boxes.
- Playdough-so important for sensory play and fine motor strengthening. Don’t be afraid of playdough, put it on piece of wax paper taped to the table or on a baking sheet. Your kids need playdough.
- Dry Erase Markers & Board-Kids love to use dry erase markers. They are fun to write with, erase, and it’s just another cool way to get a writing utensil in their hands!
- My First Pencils-These pencils are the perfect oversized pencils for kids in the beginning stages of writing.
- Watercolors-Hands down, the most used item in my classroom. Kids love to use watercolors!
- Washable Paints-These paints are used a lot for a variety of crafts. I recommend having them on hand. Paint is great for rainy days, too!
- Pencil Box-Trust me, these help store all the pencils, crayons, etc. but they also make great sensory boxes.
- Construction Paper-For crafting, tearing, coloring
I hope this simple list helps to get you started on your preschool at home journey. If anything please remember this, you don’t need to run out and buy all the things. Your goal isn’t to turn your house (or even part of your house) into a classroom. Simplicity is key.