Looking for ways to spend quality time and bond with your preschooler and teach him or her basic skills that help him or her master Kindergarten at the same time? The Preschool Box
, is a monthly subscription box for children ages 3 to 6, created by Christina Schnell, a Pflugerville kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom whose goal it is to share her passion for teaching with others and help preschoolers get excited about learning and reading.
Each box has a set of focus skills and contains an array of hands on activities, crafts, games, and worksheets designed to teach your preschooler letters, numbers, colors, shapes and many other concepts they will encounter during that important first year of school.
It also comes with a book, fun stickers and a parent guide to help parents explain and teach just like a kindergarten teacher would.
“As a former kindergarten teacher you see so many kids coming into school very unprepared for the rigorous curriculum that kindergarten now entails. You can definitely see the difference between kids whose parents have worked with them before coming to school and those that show up with no prior learning experience,” Christina said. “I think it’s important for kids to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and see that learning can be fun!”
We've just finished the last few activities of our first Preschool Box and our 4-year old (and even our 1st grader) loved every single one of them!
The box included pretty much everything we needed to complete the different activities and crafts, minus a few basic supplies such as glue, scissors, tape, crayons, pencils, and markers.
Week 1 Activities
The Week 1 Activities included:
Letter Aa Picture Flashcards
We hid the letter Aa picture flashcards around our home. After we’ve found them all, we discussed the two sounds that the letter Aa makes and the beginning sound of each word on the cards and came up with more words that start with Aa.
Letter A Tracing Sheet
We traced the letters A and a and colored the pictures that start with the letter Aa.
A is for Alligator Craft
We glued the green squares along the letter A, cut out and pasted the triangles for the teeth and used the googly eye for the alligator’s eyeball.
Sorting Red and Blue
We sorted all red and blue objects into the two sections on the sorting mat.
Number Velcro Cards
We cut out the 0-5 number cards and added the according amount of Velcro dots on the back of each card. Our preschooler then closed her eyes, felt and counted the dots on the card, then opened her eyes and flipped the card to see if she counted correctly.
Week 2 Activities
The Week 2 Activities included:
Letter Bb Picture Flashcards
We hid the letter Bb picture flashcards around our home. After we’ve found them all, we discussed the sound that the letter Bb makes and the beginning sound of each word on the cards and came up with more words that start with Bb.
Letter Bb Tracing Sheet
We traced the letters B and b and colored the pictures that start with the letter Bb.
Letter Bb Bean Craft
We glued the beans to the letter B.
We added the correct quantity of pom pom balls from the small baggy to the cups labeled 1-5 and discussed which cup had the most and the least amount of balls.
Sorting Yellow and Green
We sorted all yellow and green objects into the two sections on the sorting mat.
Week 3 Activities
The Week 3 Activities included:
Letter Cc Picture Flashcards
We hid the letter Cc picture flashcards around our home. After we’ve found them all, we discussed the sound that the letter Cc makes and the beginning sound of each word on the cards and came up with more words that start with Cc.
Letter Cc Tracing Sheet
We traced the letters C and c and colored the pictures that start with the letter Cc.
Letter Cc Cookie Craft
We cut out the letter C, tore the brown construction paper into small pieces and glued the pieces on the letter C. The small black dots we glued on top of the brown C to make it look like a chocolate chip cookie. We then talked about the sound of the letter C, came up with words that start with the C sound and discussed that the letter K makes the same sound.
We sorted yellow, green, blue, and red into the four sections of the sorting mat.
Gumball Sequin Counting Sheet
We glued the correct number of sequins into the gumball machines.
Creating Numbers 0-5 Using Play Dough
We used the play dough to create the numbers 0-5 and to form little play dough balls and matched the balls to the correct number.
Week 4 Activities
The Week 4 Activities included:
Letter Dd Picture Flashcards
We hid the letter Dd picture flashcards around our home. After we’ve found them all, we discussed the sound that the letter Dd makes and the beginning sound of each word on the cards and came up with more words that start with Dd.
Letter Dd Tracing Sheet
We traced the letters D and d and colored the pictures that start with the letter Dd.
Writing Numbers 0-5
We traced and wrote the number 0-5 and drew a set for each number.
Letter Dd Dot Painting
We used Q-tips to paint dots on the letter D with the provided water colors.
The Preschool Box is available as monthly, quarterly, half-year, and one-year subscription. Boxes start at $25.00 a piece.
A Preschool Box subscription would make a great Christmas or Holiday gift, and boxes are shipping all December! Select the "This is a gift" option when ordering and enter a personalized gift message.
We are giving away 1 Preschool Box
for one month to one lucky winner. Follow us on Facebook and tag a friend in the comments of our Preschool Box Facebook post.
Giveaways ends Monday, December 18, 2017. Winner will be contacted Tuesday, December 19, 2017.