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Books & Resources for Gifted or Motivated Preschoolers

If your preschooler is looking for a challenge, try these advanced books and activities.

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If your 3- to 5-year old  is more advanced, try these challenging books and activities: 

  • Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People by Will Moses. The illustrations are playful representations of the literal meaning of the word—the perfect opportunity to talk about the playfulness of idioms in language!
  • Sir Cumference: And the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Gehenna. A nice story to introduce complex mathematical vocabulary.
  • Nursery Rhymes are good for all kids, but for kids ready for more challenge, try these tricky versions which are rewritten to incorporate problem solving as well! 
  • Strategic thinking and reasoning skills are necessary to master this game.
  • Is your child ready for sight word learning? Try these fun word searches!
  • Clifford Story Shaker: Play this game with your child on Scholastic's Clifford site.
  • A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer: Used by language researchers all over the world, this wonderful story is a great one to return to and build your child’s ability to tell a story and add details to over time.
  • Sudoku: Scroll down to the Sudoku for Kids section where you can play the game with images instead of number. 
  • Games that make your child think.

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