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Preschool Resource Review – Wonderplay Too

I know that back to school season is in full swing, but I thought I’d do something a little different this year.  Instead of sharing tips, tricks, and classroom ideas (because I’ve shared plenty of those already) I thought that I would share some of my favorite resource books.  Everyday this week I’ll do a review of a different book that I have read, loved, and use regularly.

These will be books that are part of my own personal resource library and have helped me in some way – whether they’ve made planning easier, changed my teaching philosophy fundamentally, or helped me understand my students better.  I hope that you will take a few minutes to explore some my favorite resources.  Who knows, maybe you’ll even find one that fills a gap in your own resource library! (All links are affiliate links)

Today I want to share one of the very first resource books that I ever purchased – Wonderplay Too.

This book is the product of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and includes a variety of games, crafts, experiments, and activities that will keep children engaged for days.  I love that it reminds me of the simplest activites – the ones that I grew up doing myself, and the kinds of things that you probably won’t see on Pinterest, but that children still love.

I purchased this book at a scholastic book fair when I was in college. At the time I was working with elementary school students at a before and afterschool and looking for activities that were different than the same old things we’d done a hundred times.  I still turn to this book for inspiration when planning, and I love that the activities can be easily adapted for the age group you are working with and the materials that you happen to have available.

From songs to recipes, experiments to pretend play, art projects to DIY instuments, there are hundreds of ideas here for you.  Wonderplay Too is not only a great resource for your own classroom, but it also makes a perfect gift for student teachers, colleagues, or your own children’s teachers.

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