Young children are masters at play. Long before they are able to connect letter shapes to letter sounds they can create stories with toys. Why not use that natural desire to play and connect to their toys to promote literacy in your home? Children desire deep connections, and reading about their favorite toy or playing with something from their favorite book is a fantastic way to extend reading into play.
These toys -- coupled with the book they are from -- make wonderful gifts. When you wrap them up together you are also wrapping up something so much more important -- the message that reading is a gift!
Here are 13 wonderful toys based on great children's books.
Babar at the Art Museum Magnetic Characters
Eric Carle Magnets
Fancy Nancy Game
Goodnight Moon Story Props
Harold and the Purple Crayon Game
Horton Hears a Who Finger Puppet Set
Llama, Llama Red Pajama Doll
Madeline Tea Set
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Travel Activity Set
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Puppet
Scaredy Squirrel Plush Puppet
Where the Wild Things Are Floor Puzzle