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u/allgoaton Β· 9 pointsr/Parenting

Preschool teacher here!

Expensive STEM stuff -- I've worked with all of them. If I had to get one, I'd probably do Osmo.

Bee bots

Dot and Dash




Other Manipulatives and Toys:

Reptangles - I found these at Savers and my students are super in to them right now.

Snap Circuits

Ikea Cars (not really stem but fun and high quality)

Mobilos -- can create cars but also so many other things

Marble runs of any style

"Pattern Play" Blocks -- We have these but I don't have the instructions, but kids still end up making fun designs out of them!

BIG Waffle Blocks

Architectural blocks sets -- for example


I have a major soft spot for board games (and related) at this age. Here are a few I love.

Animal Upon Animal

The Little Orchard

Count Your Chickens

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

Snail's Pace Race

Rivers, Roads, and Rails


Ultimately, though, your focus should be on having fun! Your 3 year old does not need to be reading and writing or doing basic math. He should be learning to play cooperatively, self regulate, and be independent. I would focus on language skills and his ability to communicate effectively and understand directions. I teach Pre-K (currently 5 year olds about to go into Kindergarten) and I do not care at all whether they can write their names or do simple math.

u/wanderer333 Β· 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Best gift ever? A large cardboard box. Seriously, see if you can get one free from a furniture or appliance store. You and he can turn it into a spaceship, a race car, a house, a pirate ship... possibilities are endless!

In terms of something you can actually buy on amazon... marble runs and magnetic building sets are great if you don't already have them. Maybe a fossil dig set? Or these adorable plush dinos?

Books are always great too - in particular, this one is pretty incredible; you could also go with a more general dinosaur reference book like this or this; or a Spiderman story collection like this; or a fun set of beginning readers like this.

u/hannfrank Β· 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


Happy birthday to your little, she’s adorable! That picture reminded me of a similar one of [mine] (! Kids and cake always make me giggle! Do you have an after picture? :)

I would love to have [this crazy marble thing] ( for ry! His new preschool had one and he had so much fun playing with it at registration! He’d be thrilled to get to play with it again before fall! :)

u/xtrmfth Β· 2 pointsr/ECEProfessionals

Crayon Rocks: They are great for strengthening little hands while teaching pencil grip. Just Rocks in a Box 16 Colors

Wooden Marble Run: If marbles are allowed for your age group. My kids love these and I just bring out the marbles when we use them. Ideal Amaze 'N' Marbles 60 Piece Classic Wood Construction Set

Hape brand: We use their realistic wooden kitchen items. This is just one we have. Hape Kid's Coffee Maker Wooden Play Kitchen Set with Accessories

Anamalz: Small wooden animals. My class loves them. We have the farm set with their playmat listed under roaming Mountains.

u/dameon5 Β· 526 pointsr/atheism

I disagree that it should be mandatory. There should be reasonable exceptions to any rule. My niece is homeschooled. But she is currently 7 years old and her mother has a master's degree in education. The reason she is homeschooled is because my brother has a job that requires him to travel a great deal. So by homeschooling, the family gets to be together more.

My seven year old niece currently reads at a much higher grade level than she would be exposed to in public school (barring an accelerated program) and is also proficient in math and science (relative to her age of course).

For Christmas, I just bought her board games that teach programming and scientific concepts and both her and her parents loved them. And in her short life she has seen more of the world and been to more museums and historical places than I have at 39.

I have also talked to my brother and his wife about how they plan on handling her education as she gets older and they both admit that, as she gets older, they both believe they will need to place her in an actual school to ensure she gets a well-rounded education. But if she continues to learn at the rate she is now, there is some concern around her transition.

EDIT - Lots of folks asking about what board games. The ones I bought her this year are...

Gravity Maze

Code Masters Programming Logic Game

A few years ago I got her

Robot Turtles

I wanted to buy her this, but it was on back order and would not have arrived while she was visiting. I showed it to my brother and he told me to definitely keep that in mind for her birthday or Christmas next year.

u/[deleted] Β· 4 pointsr/blogsnark

I am planning on getting my kids (3 and 6) one of those marble run things. Something like this one. Check out Busy Toddler, she has great gift ideas!

u/jonpaladin Β· 1 pointr/AskReddit

My mom worked for Discovery Toys around that time in my life, so we had some great toys/games. Number one on the list, and in my heart:

u/MorrisBark Β· 1 pointr/powerwashingporn

Early intervention therapist! No kids. But here's some toys I use regularly: geometric sorter, shape sorter, magnetic tiles, marble run, and bristle blocks.


My two biggest recommendations for books are: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb for learning patterns and rhyme; Go, Dog, Go for learning adjectives and directional terms.

u/TheStreisandEffect Β· 2 pointsr/pics

Spirograph was cool but Marbleworks was the shirt!!!

u/esmortaz Β· 5 pointsr/RandomActsOfChristmas

Bought the bird legos for Penny! I was going to buy the marble set for Yukon then amazon popped up with this cheaper and bigger set here. Want to add this one to your list and i will get it.

u/doyouknowthemusicman Β· 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

Is it this?

u/Secret_Smile Β· 1 pointr/pics

If you're looking for them in the UK : Marble Run

u/RacetotheBottom Β· 9 pointsr/WTF

And to think, I was content with this when I was younger.

u/dewdude Β· 3 pointsr/pics


It's also been cloned by just about everyone.

u/FreakingAwesomeThing Β· 2 pointsr/teenagers

Does anyone know what they're called? I've got $80 burning a hole in my pocket and I'm seriously considering getting some of these off of amazon.

e: nvm

u/stdrp Β· 5 pointsr/videos

That rails set he is using is the Quercetti Skyrail.