Activity Books to Help Kids Advance Key Early Learning Skills

Here’s how you can help your child learn basics like the alphabet and sorting.
By Scholastic Parents Staff
Oct 15, 2020

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Activity Books to Help Kids Advance Key Early Learning Skills

Oct 15, 2020

If you have a child in preschool or kindergarten, you're probably looking for ways to boost their learning skills and keep them engaged with educational activities. 

The Little Skill Seekers activity books are a key way to advance your child's early learning skills and set them up for success. This is a series of educational workbooks for kids ages 3 to 6 that focuses on the building blocks of early literacy and math skills. The books cover everything from counting and writing letters to matching, sorting, and letter sounds.

Here’s what you can expect from some of the most popular workbooks, and how they'll help your child stay engaged with learning.  

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Master the Alphabet

The Little Skill Seekers: Alphabet book combines writing practice with fun matching and word games to help children develop important early literacy skills. The book includes pages that focus on each individual letter of the alphabet, with sections for children to first trace the upper and lower case version of the letters, and then practice writing by themselves.

There are also games in which kids pair lowercase letters with their uppercase equivalents. If your child has trouble identifying all of the letters, these exercises will be helpful to do together.

As the book progresses, it asks kids to identify the first letter of simple words, like “panda” and “hippo.” The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the games get kids thinking about what letters sound like and how words are formed. 

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Nail Numbers & Counting

Math can be challenging for young kids, but Little Skill Seekers: Numbers & Counting breaks these difficult concepts down into engaging and easy-to-understand activities that will have kids counting like pros in no time. Each number from one to 10 gets its own page in the book, which helps kids write the digit, spell it out, and take on a quick counting activity.

In addition to the focus on individual numbers, kids also practice counting and grouping through matching activities, picture sets, and numbered mazes. The best part of the book is how it creates familiarity with each number, so children aren’t just memorizing how to count from one to 10, but they’re actually learning how to identify numbers and how they function.

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Connect the Dots

Once kids have numbers and counting down pat, they can reinforce their new knowledge with Little Seekers: Connect the Dots. This book is part counting exercise and part coloring book: It begins with simple connect-the-dot exercises that feature fewer than 10 numbers, and once the pictures are completed, kids can go back and color them in and add their own details. 

As the book progresses, the exercises slowly get more complex, until your child is creating pictures with 12, 15, and even 20 dots. What makes it really endearing to kids, though, is that it doesn’t feel like homework. To them, it’s a fun counting game mixed with an art project!

Practice Sorting & Matching

Sorting and matching may not seem like they correspond directly to numbers and counting, but these are actually important core skills that serve as the basis for more complicated math concepts.

In Little Skill Seekers: Sorting & Matching, kids work their way through dozens of different picture exercises to build these skills, starting with simple tasks like circling which objects in a group of pictures might be used in the summertime, and then progressing to matching games, identifying shapes, and counting.

Your child will feel a huge sense of accomplishment every time they finish an exercise, and you'll love watching them eagerly flip the pages to tackle the next activity.

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Sound Out Letters

One of the first stops on the bridge to reading is learning letter sounds. The Little Skill Seekers: Beginning Sounds book offers a stellar introduction to these skills that helps kids practice through picture games and basic spelling exercises.

Through completing them, kids increase their alphabet recognition and further develop their phonemic awareness, or the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words. The pictures are bright and colorful, the directions are simple, and the book is designed to let kids work at their own pace while growing their skills.

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