Ask Donna Vail: Where can I find good resources for hands-on learning materials?

This Week’s Question Answered:
Q: Hi Donna, I read your article Tools Not Toys and am wondering where you go to find good resources for hands-on learning materials?

A: Great question. It can be challenging to find high quality tools or hands-on learning materials for children. Here’s my three favorite places to get tools for children. Feel free to also check for local locations where you can conveniently shop. Look for teacher stores, education stores, Discovery Stores, local museums, art supply stores, even at department stores you can sometimes find the tools you need. Be sure and carry your list with you so when you are tempted to buy an entertaining toy, look at your list and choose an alternative.

As you assist your child in having a specific place for his things, show him how to take care of them and how to put them up neatly. This is how he will learn to take good care of his things. Now is an excellent time to consider these resources as options for gift giving with upcoming holidays and birthdays. Your children will be inspired to learn!

 

Montessori Services http://www.montessoriservices.com

They have a lot of good child-sized tools and hands-on tools for early development. As you look at their catalog you may realize many of the items you have around the house that can be used for learning moments. Remember, learning is a lifestyle.

 

Nova Natural Toys and Crafts http://www.novanatural.com

I LOVE this catalog! So full of wonderful things to encourage imagination and beautiful play. Childhood should be this sweet.

 

Met Kids – The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store http://www.store.metmuseum.org

I absolutely love museum stores. It’s a great way to combine history and natural science, art and good literature into everyday fun. Toys and tools in this catalog are all around supportive to inspire the imagination and relate to real life learning. You can definitely use these resources to discover, imagine and create.

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About Donna Vail
Donna Vail, Education and Parenting Specialist, is founder of An Inspired Education and the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle, the proven step-by-step program dedicated to maximizing the success in the human potential through homeschooling and life mastery for the entire family. She creates educational programs for homeschool children, “after-school” study programs for public schooled children and personal development for moms, while homeschooling her five children. Get free tips and resources from Donna Vail at: www.donnavailinternational.com.

 

What do your children like to play the most? Do you have any favorite resources? Please share by leaving a comment below.

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