Early Childhood Shopping List

Here is a list of suggested items to have available for your pre-school/ prep aged child to use at home. No doubt you will already have many of these. Encouraging fine motor and visual perceptual skill development from an early age will help your child in their transition to school and successfully accessing their academic curriculum.

– chubby/oversized coloured pencils and felt tipped pens – for colouring and writing

– an oversized or triangular shaped writing pencil

– chubby chalk and chalk board – chalk can also be used on concrete driveways and paths

– small, safety scissors with rounded ends – there are specially designed scissors for left handed children; there are also scissors which have a „spring loaded‟ action for children experiencing difficulty opening the scissor blades to cut

– glue sticks

– a thick tipped marking pen – for adult use to mark cutting lines and to make dotted lines for letter formation

– a green and red felt tipped pen – for adult use to mark the starting and stopping place for basic letter writing

– basic early childhood pre-writing activity books – basic following the dot, basic maze, basic drawing, basic spot the difference type activity books

– basic early childhood colouring books – simple line drawings for colouring (from stationery stores, newsagency, toy shops,variety stores, etc)

– early childhood pre-handwriting books (from book stores, good stationery shops)

– lots of scrap paper for cutting and writing – oversized scrap paper such as architect paper is good for pinning up and drawing large pictures on (encourage left to right and top to bottom direction when drawing lines as well as crossing the paper on the diagonal. ie. from one left corner to the diagonally opposite)

– coloured paper – to learn colours, to provide a contrast, to glue pictures on

– coloured cardboard – thicker paper or thin cardboard to assist with cutting (newsagency)

– old magazines for cutting up – draw a dark felt pen line for a cutting guide

– old boxes, toilet roll holders, etc. for building, playing, cutting and gluing

– scraps of paper (eg. wrapping paper) and material of different textures (eg. sand paper, bubble wrap, fabric scraps, corrugated cardboard, cotton balls, etc) for cutting and gluing

– encourage your child to feel and rub the textures – many children find this challenging so you may need to start with softer textures and gradually move to rougher textures playdough – use dough on a flat table with plastic knives and cookie cutters – encourage lots of hand movement and imagination

– wooden beads, coloured pasta and woollen thread or a shoe lace – can be used to thread and make mobile or necklaces; encourage colour patterns with threading (eg. red, blue, red, blue, etc); use this as a chance to teach colours and patterns

– simple age appropriate jigsaws and wooden puzzles – an adult may need to assist and support to avoid frustration and set up activity to ensure success

– chunky coloured building blocks such as Duplo and Lego – encourage your child to build and play

– chubby, child sized cutlery (eg. Tommee Tippee cutlery) to assist with learning knife and fork skills

Create a space at home where your child feels comfortable to sit and cut and glue and draw. A small table and chair are ideal. Encourage them to make use of this area on a daily basis. An adult or parent may need to assist and facilitate this process especially if the child is experiencing difficulties. Praise any work…..the process is more important than the outcome. Hang your children‟s work up somewhere at home to admire!!

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