Open-Ended Toys Make Great Gifts for Little Ones

By Renee Hennessy, Director of PreschoolPreschoolFun_5

The holidays are here and I have received a few requests for ideas for toys and gifts for preschoolers.  In the Preschool, we are fond of toys that are open-ended and that have high play value and can be used for more than one purpose, wherever those imaginations may go.  Building blocks such as Magna-Tiles, play scarves and items that can be used for pretend play, like a doctor’s kit, for example, can be revisited time and time again.  Books and puppets are also great gift ideas for young children.  

Holly and I had a great time at the NAEYC conference in Orlando.  We attended informative sessions relating to language development of children from birth to eight years old, ideas for classroom environments, and how we can support PLAY in preschool and kindergarten.  Holly’s favorite session was with Rosemary Wells, author of the Max and Ruby books.  She was fascinated by Wells’ process of creating the artwork for her stories.  

We both enjoyed listening to Ruby Bridges, a brave student/activist who integrated the New Orleans School system in 1960, tell her story, particularly when she talked about the deep connection that she has with her former teacher Mrs. Henry, who is still alive today.  Her speech was very moving and inspiring; we felt fortunate to hear Ruby speak about her teacher and the power of the profession!  

Thank you, parents, for hearing our plea for coats and sending in gently used and a few new coats!  Our friends at Keystone Academy will be very appreciative of your generosity.  A special thank you to Caroline Boardman, Elizabeth’s mom, for organizing the drive.

Earlier this week, we hosted our Transition to Kindergarten coffee, which was a great success!  If you were unable to attend but have questions about junior kindergarten or kindergarten, please feel free to call me at 502-694-9369.