Sophia learned her alphabet and the sounds they make when she was 2. That was all thanks to the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD. It’s is such a great show. It has a catchy song and it is very entertaining.
When she was two she loved it so much she wanted to watch nothing else. She’s nearly 4 and we still watch it every once in a while to reinforce what she learned (she asks for it herself).
There are other DVDs in this series as well.
Our other favorites are the Talking Words Factory which is great for learning about how words are put together, and Math Circus which is a great intro to counting 1-10 and by tens to one hundred and addition and subtraction.
I highly recommend any of these DVD’s to parents. If your kids are going to have screen time you might as well make it count 🙂
I don’t know about you guys but I’m always on the lookout for awesome books about color. I love vivid brilliant colors and beautiful pictures. You can never have too many colors books(… or books of any kind actually 😉 ).
Here are my top 5 favorites I’ve found for a range of ages from baby to elementary school. I’m not an Usborne consultant (in case you wondered.) I just really love a lot of their large fantastic variety of non-fiction books (which I have had a really hard time finding for my non-fiction lover before I found Usborne) as well as their fiction ones too.
First up is the Usborne Baby’s Very First Touchy-feely Colors Play Book. I love this one so much for many reasons.
I love that there are a bunch of things to feel and do. There are cut outs, textures, finger trails and flaps to play with. I love the vibrant colors and illustrations on each of the pages. This book is age rated for nine months and up. This book and other play books similar to this for sale here https://t4783.myubam.com/252093.
Second, is a book by DK publishing called My First Colors let’s learn them all.
This book features bright vibrant colors and real pictures of objects. This is a fantastic vocabulary building book for toddlers.
I love that this book goes beyond the typical colors and has silver, gold, and multi colored included.
It’s a sturdy board book that will hold up well. It has tabbed corners that are great for little fingers finding their favorite pages. This book is available through Target.com as well as Amazon.com
Third, is Usborne’s The Usborne Big Book of Colors. I think this is fantastic for older kids that have mastered the basic colors.
I absolutely LOVE that this book goes into shades of colors, naming them like magenta, turquoise, lime green, saffron, etc so it has tons of fabulous new vocabulary.
This one is recommended for age 2 and up. The pages are thinner board, so still sturdy yet slightly flexible.
Two special features this book has are a color wheel you can spin (not super sturdy, pictured in the first picture of this book above) and an acetate page where you can see color mixing (shown below).
I love that this book shows color mixing as well as moods and meanings of colors. Plus each color page has fun facts too. This book is available here https://t4783.myubam.com/252093
Fourth up is Usborne Lift the Flap Colors.
It is recommended for age 4 and up, however I think it would be fabulous for younger kids as well for building vocabulary, learning counting, and small motor skills with the flaps. The games and activities of this book are geared for pre-k.
I think this is a great early reader book. Flap books are very engaging and create a hands on learning experience which promotes decision making and critical thinking skills. This book is available here https://t4783.myubam.com/252093
Last up, is The Usborne Art Book about Color.
This book is rated for age 8+. It begins with a history of how paint has developed.
It then goes on to explain how colors are used to achieve desired effects. Then finishes with how our eyes actually see color. I love all the art in this book. I only took pictures of some of the pages (it has 48). This book is available here https://t4783.myubam.com/252093