A couple of months ago, I shared a new resource from Stef at Educating Laytons that combines a seasonal theme, learning activities, and brick building fun.
Stef (and her son! Love that he creates all the brick creations!) released a sequel: Winter Brick Activities and More!
Like with Fall Bricks, this new Winter Bricks download includes brick creations and extension activities. Winter Bricks shares 16 winter-related brick creations (one per page), plus activity ideas to extend the theme on most of the brick creation pages. This download includes general winter-theme activities, Christmas-related activities, and nativity-focused creations with Scripture excerpts.
I love the variety of extension activities includes on extra pages in this download, too, including literacy-focused activities, science activities incorporating research, and more. Plus, there’s a whole page with ideas on how you can give back and serve others this season!
Using Winter Brick Activities with Preschoolers
My two preschoolers have really enjoyed activities from both of these brick activity downloads so far. My oldest has a variety of special needs, and if you’d like to see how we modify the brick-building activities specifically for him, check out my explanation on this post.
My younger preschooler seems to be really getting into this brick activities, and she loves creating objects she recognizes.
While they may not be able to complete entire creations on their own yet, brick activities supplement foundational skills and provide opportunity for creative play. Even for the preschool crowd, this resource includes practice for fine motor skills, following directions, color recognition, counting practice, context transfer, and more.
We worked on the “star” and “penguin” creations so far, and we’ll be completing the “angel” and more soon!
Click here to view more details and purchase “Winter Brick Activities and More!” created by Educating Laytons. Winter Bricks is normally $4.99, but you can save $1 with coupon code: “BeMerry” through December 31st! (Enter the coupon code without the quotation marks at checkout.)
Plus, 50% of their proceeds will go to Samaritan’s Purse and their clean water efforts. How awesome is that?
Two More Announcements
The Library Adventure
If you haven’t visited The Library Adventure yet, click on over and check out the great book reviews, book-based activities, library tips, and more. I feature tips for library visits and book for kids with special needs monthly. Today, I have a “Books for Kids with Special Needs” gift guide post up. Want a few picture book recommendations for kids in your life? This list includes multiple books to help kids in various developmental areas. Plus, kids of all abilities can benefit from reading these books.
Stone’s Education Superstore
Earlier this year, I entered in a partnership with Stone’s Education Superstore. Stone’s Education is a North Carolina-based education store catering to public school teachers, early childhood educators, and homeschooling families. With over 20,000 products in store, they offer a huge variety of brands and product offerings that aren’t as easily found in general stores. Plus, they have an extensive catalog online anyone can order from!
I still stand by their customer service. I’ve ordered from Stone’s for several years, and every single time I’ve contacted them, I received friendly and extremely helpful service. Give them a call or send an email for personalized help. You can also follow their page on Facebook to learn about specials and current discounts.
Most recently, Stone’s moved into a brand-new building! I had to chance to tour this gorgeous building before opening:
And after opening:
As one of the owners said, Stone’s has been a great company for a long time, but their old building was like the caterpillar and cocoon, and this new building is like the transformation into a butterfly! It’s gorgeous, spacious, light-filled, and a beautiful, useful place to house dedicated employees and products.
In this new store, the Stone’s staff is excited to offer a reading nook. (I’m in love!) This space allows kids to read, demo toys, explore, and snuggle with some awesomely big stuffed animals.
Customers will find several more demo areas throughout the store, as well. The staff wants you to come in and play at multiple demo stations available. Even with just a couple of weeks in this new space, the Stone’s staff has already managed to create a fresh, fun atmosphere joining with their long-standing reliable reputation.
I spoke with Carol, one of the owners, about the new offerings, and she said: “The biggest difference in the store itself is the addition of so many toys and games. We figured so many of our current customers were parents, even if they were also teachers and care givers. Now we’ll be more to them, with a more interesting mix of products that can be found anywhere in one place!”
If you’re in North Carolina or traveling through, visit Stone’s at their new location. If you’re elsewhere, Stone’s has all they offer in store (and more) online, and their stellar customer service is available over the phone or email.
How do you use building bricks with your preschool (or older) kids? What do you love about your favorite educational store?
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This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up, Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots, Toddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-op, Show and Share Saturday, and Free Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party.