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NEA Big Read Inspired Toys for Check-Out!

February 4, 2021 at 5:36 PM by Tessa Fox-Pawlaczyk


In honor of the upcoming NEA Big Read, let’s highlight some of the amazing science and nature related items in KPL’s Developmental Toy Collection! All of these items (and more!) are available for check-out from the library for free with your library card! Click the name of any toy below to view more information in our library catalog – and you can even place a hold on the item directly from the links!
 

For Babies & Toddlers:

  • Caterpillar Crawl-Through Tunnel - This caterpillar play tunnel is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Active kids will enjoy crawling through a rainbow of color in this bright tunnel. (Categories: Gross Motor)

  • Fine Motor Forest Friends - Playset helps tots develop fine motor skills as they pop each squeezably cute critter in and out of the cozy tree! (Categories: Fine Motor)

  • Grow It! + Planting a Rainbow - Colorful mix-and-match flowers and veggies encourage role play and early vocabulary development while nurturing an appreciation for nature. Play and read Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow to learn about colors and gardening. (Categories: Dramatic Play)

  • In the Garden Puzzle - A gardening-themed peg puzzle. Pieces include: gloves, flower pot, lawn mower, watering can, wheelbarrow, fork & trowel, rake & spade, seeds, and flowers. (Categories: Puzzles & Games)

  • Wooden Rainbow Stacker - This rainbow block set contains 7 different vibrantly colored wooden pieces with separate sizes. Blocks can be coupled together into a rainbow shape that kids will absolutely be fascinated with! (Categories: Concepts, Fine Motor)
     

For Preschoolers:

  • Buggzle - Pick one of the 40 challenge cards and then arrange, flip, and perfectly position the semi-circular puzzle pieces into the bug-shaped tray to match the picture. It's a wonderfully satisfying brain challenge! And all the while, kids are learning about colors, fractions, early math, and more. (Categories: Puzzles & Games)

  • My First Microscope - Budding scientists get an up-close look at the world. Microscope with prepared slides, tweezers, a petri dish and an eyedropper. (Categories: STEM)

  • Science Specimen Sets:

    • Life Cycle of a Frog - This set of four authentic classroom specimens provides the perfect way for students to get an up-close look at nature! Each creature is permanently encased in durable acrylic, so kids can safely examine it from any angle. Plus, labels inside the acrylic make it easy to identify each animal’s parts. (Categories: STEM)

    • Parts of a Plant - This set of four authentic classroom specimens provides the perfect way for students to get an up-close look at nature! Each plant part is permanently encased in durable acrylic, so kids can safely examine it from any angle. Plus, labels inside the acrylic make it easy to identify the parts. (Categories: STEM)

  • Step-a-Forest Set - This is an excellent resource for building children's gross motor skills, balance and coordination. Pieces with textured surfaces allow children to safely balance and gain confidence while the rubbery bottom edges prevent slipping. These stepping stones can be incorporated into obstacle courses for fun physical play. (Categories: Gross Motor)

  • Storytime To-Go Backpacks: Backpack with themed storytime books and activities. Three different themes listed below. (Categories: Storytime To-Go)

  • Telescope & Binoculars - Budding scientists get an up-close look at the world. Set includes a rugged plastic telescope with a removable tripod and binoculars with a handy strap. (Categories: STEM)


Science Kits for Kids:
Bin with theme-related books and activities. Five different Science Kits listed below. (Categories: STEM)

View the entire listing of our Developmental Toy Collection offerings online,
or flip through our newly printed Developmental Toy Collection Binders in the Youth & Family Services area of any KPL location to browse our offerings more easily in-person.