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Language and Literacy Resources

Language & Literacy

Young children need developmentally appropriate experiences and teaching to support literacy learning. Kaplan offers materials that foster children's interest in and enjoyment of reading and writing. Find products to create print-rich environments and tools for children to see and use written language for a variety of purposes and expand their vocabulary. Our selection of songs, fingerplays, games, poems, and stories will develop phonemic awareness and help children focus on the sounds and parts of language as well as the meaning.

  • A - Z Pegboard Set
    A - Z Pegboard Set
    • Item Number: 86580
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Playing with the large letter shaped pegboards provides children a fun way to learn letter recognition and improve hand-eye coordination as they fit the pegs into each letter. Set includes 26 large foam lowercase letters which are 3/8" thick with letter sizes ranging from 6 1/4" to 4" tall, 130 Lauri Tall Stacker Pegs, and a quality storage box with handle. Made in the USA.
  • Kaplan Dough Literacy Mats (Set of 26)
    Kaplan Dough Literacy Mats (Set of 26)
    • Item Number: 86301
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Children can create dough objects to put on the dough mats! Each mat has a letter and corresponding object for children to make and place on the mat. These mats are a wonderful and engaging way to incorporate literacy and fine motor skills. Set of 26.
  • Wikki Stix® Alphabet Cards
    Wikki Stix® Alphabet Cards
    • Item Number: 62156
    • In Stock
    Hands-on learning that's easy, educational and fun! Colorful individual cards teach letter formation as children develop the fine motor skills necessary to learn to write. Twist, bend, or simply press down -- no glue, no mess, and endlessly reusable! Includes 27 cards and 36 Wikki Stix®. Made in the USA.
  • Writing Readiness
    Writing Readiness
    • Item Number: 63728
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Introduce beginning writers to eight basic writing skills in a fun and engaging way. Real images encourage children to establish familiarity with the strokes necessary for early letter formation. The 16 double-sided thick and sturdy dry-erase pages are bound at the top to allow for easy flipping that accommodates right and left handed writers. Eraser and dry erase pen are sold separately.
  • Eco-Friendly Letter Match Set
    Eco-Friendly Letter Match Set
    • Item Number: 62005
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. This beautiful set, made from recycled rubberwood, promotes early skills through matching, identifying letter names and sounds, and fine-motor activities. The front of each card displays a full-color image and the outline of the corresponding letter; the back of the cards contain letter outlines with directional arrows for finger tracing. Set includes 26 recycled wood letters, 26 2-sided activity cards, and a cloth storage bag.
  • Sequencing Stories
    Sequencing Stories
    • Item Number: 63760
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Develop skills in sequencing, memory, observation, and logic with 12 sets of four step sequence stories. Includes 48 thick and durable real image pieces, activity card, and storage box. Pocket chart sold separately.
  • Early Writing Kit
    Early Writing Kit
    • Item Number: 63581
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Support the development of writing skills with this comprehensive writing kit. The included activities enhance fine motor, eye-hand coordination, letter recognition, and sensory opportunities.
  • American Sign Language Alphabet Cards
    American Sign Language Alphabet Cards
    • Item Number: 91043
    • In Stock
    Familiarize children with the alphabet, beginning sounds, and the ASL manual alphabet. Each card features a letter of the alphabet and real photo on one side and a photograph of the ASL sign on the other. 26 cards included. 6" x 8"
  • A-Z Magnatab Uppercase
    A-Z Magnatab Uppercase
    • Item Number: 62326
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Learning to write the curves and lines of the alphabet just got easier with this sensory-driven activity. Follow the directional arrows and trace each letter with the magnetic stylus to pull the beads up into the holes. Lightly trace over the letters again with the tip of a finger and the metal balls drop back into the base. 11 1/2"L x 9 1/4"W x 1/2"H.
  • Polyblox Totems™ Sets
    Polyblox Totems™ Sets
    $69.95 - $129.95
    • Item Number: 63646P
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Polyblox Totems™ are the new classic ABC blocks. This high-quality collection of wooden, engraved spelling totems represent uppercase and lowercase letters, American Sign Language, braille, and geometric shapes, along with correlating numbers and pictures to provide sequencing reference and reading context. Available in a Starter Set and a Classroom Set.
  • Alphabet Match Rubbing Plates
    Alphabet Match Rubbing Plates
    • Item Number: 71222
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Promote letter recognition and phonemic awareness while refining motor skills! This set of 52 rubbing plates includes 26 plates with upper and lowercase letters, and 26 plates with images to match each letter. Handy tray provides for organized storage.
  • PROP-IT® Portable Literacy Learning Kits
    PROP-IT® Portable Literacy Learning Kits
    $35.95 - $49.95
    • Item Number: 63366P
    • In Stock
    The essential tool kits for home visitation! Portable, lightweight, plastic, and collapsible tabletop easels. Deluxe kit comes with ten tools including multi-use magnetic board, felt easel with big book storage rack, 7" x 7" mirror, and more. The smaller travel kit features a smaller easel with adjustable bands and supports, magnetic dry-erase board, mirror, marker, and eraser. Both include a plastic storage bag.
  • STEM Journal (Set of 10)
    STEM Journal (Set of 10)
    • Item Number: 86303
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. This 8 page STEM Journal outlines how to utilize the scientific process in an early childhood classroom. Each of the 8 1/2" x 11" pages provide a space for children to draw pictures along with developmentally appropriate lines to write text as they utilize the scientific method. Perfect addition to any science center! Set of 10 journals.
  • Preschool Journals (Set of 10)
    Preschool Journals (Set of 10)
    • Item Number: 63183
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. This inviting journal supports a variety of skills including fine motor, literacy, and memory. The 32 page journal offers several tips and ideas on journaling, explain how and why we journal, and how to extend the experience for children. Each page is blank to encourage drawing, writing, or a combination of both. Journal measures 8 1/2" x 11". Set of 10 journals.
  • School Readiness Journals (Set of 10)
    School Readiness Journals (Set of 10)
    • Item Number: 63185
    • In Stock
    4 years & up. This inviting journal supports a variety of skills including fine motor, literacy, and memory. The 32 page journal offers several tips and ideas on journaling, explain how and why we journal, and how to extend the experience for children. The pages have a blank area to encourage drawing and two developmentally appropriate line spaces for the emergent writer. Journals support D'Nealian™ and Zaner-Bloser™ writing styles. Measures 8 1/2" x 11". Set of 10 journals.
  • All About Me Journals (Set of 10)
    All About Me Journals (Set of 10)
    • Item Number: 89829
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Invite children to tell their story in their own individualized book. This 8 1/2" x 11" journal provides a template for children to create their own self portrait along with 8 prompts to help children draw their own story. Set of 10. Great for back to school!
  • Textured Touch And Trace Cards Uppercase
    Textured Touch And Trace Cards Uppercase
    • Item Number: 22936
    • In Stock
    These 26 sturdy uppercase alphabet cards have a smooth beaded texture to enhance tactile sensation. Green dots indicate where to begin tracing each letter and red dots indicate where to stop. Directional arrows are included to teach correct letter formation. The perfect tool for early childhood, special education and ELL classrooms. Cards measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
  • Spanish & Bilingual 24-Piece Floor Puzzles
    Spanish & Bilingual 24-Piece Floor Puzzles
    $15.95 - $59.95
    • Item Number: 63175P
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Spanish number, letter, color, and shape words are beautifully represented in these vivid real-photo floor puzzles. These 24-piece puzzles are made of extra-thick, durable cardboard with a wipe-clean surface. The shapes puzzle shows eight shapes labeled in Spanish and represented by everyday items. The number puzzle shows the numeral along with the Spanish word represented with families of different sizes. The alphabet puzzle shows both upper and lower case letters with a picture… More »
  • POP for Letters™
    POP for Letters™
    • Item Number: 62128
    • In Stock
    5 years & up. An alphabet game with a popcorn theme! Includes 100 die-cut popcorn pieces. Fosters letter recognition, turn-taking, and following directions.
  • Graphic Organizer Flip Chart
    Graphic Organizer Flip Chart
    • Item Number: 91550
    • In Stock
    Grades K & up. Features 18 research-based graphic organizers that encourge analysis, evaluation and synthesis according to Bloom's Taxonomy. Includes 24-page activity book with blackline masters and how to examples of each organizer. Spiral-bound chart with 10 double-sided, write & wipe pages (including two blank pages for customization). Measures 14 1/2"L x 20"H.
  • Alphabet Floor Puzzle (24 Pieces)
    Alphabet Floor Puzzle (24 Pieces)
    • Item Number: 63544
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Develop letter recognition and build fine-motor skills at the same time with this fun floor puzzle! Learning the ABC's will be F-U-N with these whimsical letters and colorful, real-life photos. Children will love the up-close, vivid images representing all the letters of the alphabet. This large 24-piece real photo puzzle is made of extra-thick durable cardboard with a wipe-clean surface. Puzzle insert included. Measures 24" x 36". Made in the USA.
  • Talk! Listen! Learn!
    Talk! Listen! Learn!
    • Item Number: 63781
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. This rich array of miniature objects and props will encourage children to talk, ask questions, extend their language skills, and build oral language fluency. Objects have been carefully chosen to expand children's vocabulary with rich details, and improve their usage of basic grammar structures. Includes 77 objects, storage basket, 4 sorting cups with lids, and teaching guide.
  • Pete the Cat Puppet Stick
    Pete the Cat Puppet Stick
    • Item Number: 74468
    • In Stock
    3 - 6 years. Make story time interactive and fun with this Pete the Cat on a Stick Puppet. Simply slide the easy-glide thumb lever or pull the bottom knob to open and close Pete's mouth. 12" Tall.
  • Composition Books (Set of 5)
    Composition Books (Set of 5)
    $7.95 - $9.95
    • Item Number: 62892P
    • In Stock
    Hard cover composition books. Measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2". Set of 5. Choose 60 sheet or 100 sheet composition books.

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