Parents as First teachers…..Part 2

Early Childhood Shopping List… is a useful list of ideas of items to have available at home to support your child’s development….


–  chubby/oversized coloured pencils and felt tipped pens

–  an oversized or triangular shaped writing pencil

–  chubby chalk and chalk board

–  small, safety scissors with rounded endscutting5

–  glue sticks

–  a thick tipped marking pen – to highlight cutting lines and to make dotted lines for letter formations

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

–  early childhood pre-writing activity books – tracing, join the dots, simple mazes, basic drawing, spot the difference type activity books

–  early childhood colouring books

–  early childhood hand-writing books

–  lots of scrap paper for cutting and writing (butchers paper)

–  coloured paper and cardboard – to learn colours, to provide a contrast, to glue pictures on, to assist with cutting.

–  old magazines for cutting up

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

–  different sized balls

–  dress ups

–  sand pit/sand box

–  water play toys

–  scraps of coloured paper, card 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

–  playdough – use with rollers, plastic knives and cookie cutters

–  wooden beads, coloured pasta and woollen thread or a shoe lace – good for fine motor and also use to teach colours and patterns

–  fine motor games

–  memory games – simple and cheap to make

puzzles-  simple age appropriate jigsaws and wooden puzzles

–  chunky coloured building blocks such as Duplo and Lego

–  chubby, child sized cutlery

Some tips….

  • Recycle and re-use – collect magazines, fabric scraps, boxes, etc.
  • Many games and items can be made cheaply at home – eg. play dough, memory games, draw letter outlines,
  • 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 your child to make use of this area on a daily basis.
  • An adult or parent may need to assist and facilitate especially if the child is experiencing any difficulties.
  • Praise any work…..the process is more important than the outcome.  Hang your children’s work up somewhere at home to admire!!
  • Provide freedom to explore and play safely.

Good Luck!

Pam McDonald Occupational Therapist – Let’s Talk Outreach Service

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