Kaplan's extensive collection of activity resource books includes hundreds of topics for the classroom. Subjects include games, language arts, arts and crafts, social studies, math, afterschool activities, and much more.

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  • Exploring the Science of Sounds - Paperback
    Exploring the Science of Sounds - Paperback
    • Item Number: 89713
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    Most preschool teachers have musical instruments in their classrooms, but may not realize they can use them for science explorations. In this book, discover 100 activities that let children ages 3-6 explore the science of music and sound using materials easy to find for a preschool classroom. Children will use their bodies to create sounds, explore the relationship between size and pitch, investigate how tempo affects the way we listen to sounds, create musical instruments, and much more. From the… More »
  • Planning for Play - Paperback
    Planning for Play - Paperback
    • Item Number: 89711
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    Play is learning! But play in the early years is endangered by the emphasis on push-down academics, mounting parental expectations, and pressures on early childhood teachers to prepare young children for the rigors of kindergarten and beyond. With all of that, gains made by play experiences, including readiness skills and social-emotional development, have fallen away. Young children learn best through play. This book helps educators understand the different types of play and the rich opportunities… More »
  • The Budding...Books
    The Budding...Books
    $9.95 - $46.95
    • Item Number: 29042P
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    Perfect for children ages 3 to 6, these fun-filled introductions feature easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials that will help children develop many important life skills. Books included are: "The Budding Gardener", "The Budding Chef", "The Budding Artist", "The Budding Scientist", and "The Budding Builder". Books have 72 pages each. Paperback.
  • Where Does My Shadow Sleep? - Paperback
    Where Does My Shadow Sleep? - Paperback
    • Item Number: 26129
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    With the help of the stories and activities in this book, take the time to watch, wonder, ask questions, talk about, and explore the world of science with your child. Use favorite children's books to investigate animals and insects, learn how plants grow and change, and discover how shadows grow and shrink. With four chapters that cover a multitude of themes, it's never been easier to deepen your child's understanding of important science and reading concepts at the same time! 144 pages. Paperback.
  • Let's Build Strong Foundations in Language, Math, and Social Skills - Paperback
    Let's Build Strong Foundations in Language, Math, and Social Skills - Paperback
    • Item Number: 26122
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    Engage children with meaningful constructive play! This book provides educators of young children with guidance in how to create early childhood environments that support children's natural need to play. It includes strategies for creating and scaffolding the block play experience, recommends children's books that support the learning, and outlines ways to match behaviors, content, and concepts to learning standards. Lesson plans include: Thanksgiving -- sharing and giving; our families and ourselves;… More »
  • L is for Lion and Other Playful Alphabet Fun - Paperback
    L is for Lion and Other Playful Alphabet Fun - Paperback
    • Item Number: 20220
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    "L is for Lion" helps children learn letters easily and entertains them with the fun activities in this book. Each letter of the alphabet has two full pages of activities and ideas, including: foods to enjoy that begin with the letter, games or activities that reinforce the shape or sound of the letter, a song, poem, or tongue twister featuring the letter, and suggestions of books to read. Paperback. 80 pages.
  • Learn Every Day™ About Shapes
    Learn Every Day™ About Shapes
    • Item Number: 17241
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    This new book features 100 activities all about shapes! Contributed by teachers, these activities are organized by curriculum area and offer fresh ideas that provide hours of engaging activities. Complete with learning objectives, related children's books, and an assessment component, teachers will find everything they need to teach children ages 3-6 all about shapes. 128 pages.
  • Learn Every Day™ About Colors
    Learn Every Day™ About Colors
    • Item Number: 17239
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    This book features classroom activities from teachers around the globe, all focused on topics that teachers use every day. Organized by curriculum area, Learn Every Day™ About Colors has 100 activities for children ages 3-6, providing teachers with innovative and fun ways to introduce and reinforce learning about colors. Each activity features learning objectives, related vocabulary, related children's books, materials needed, directions for preparation, instructions for each activity, and… More »
  • Thinking BIG, Learning BIG - Paperback
    Thinking BIG, Learning BIG - Paperback
    • Item Number: 17254
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    Thinking BIG, Learning BIG is filled with BIG activities. The chapters are organized by topic, with activities which build science, math, literacy and language skills, to form a solid foundation for future learning. The BIG Connections section presents ways to integrate the topic throughout the curriculum in sensory experiences, art, music, dramatic play, and gross motor skills. Paperback. 312 pages.
  • 30 Fun Ways to Learn About Counting - Paperback
    30 Fun Ways to Learn About Counting - Paperback
    • Item Number: 20229
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    Counting is the foundation for future math learning. Pairing and sorting objects, understanding numbers and quantity, and counting can all be introduced with simple activities. 30 Fun Ways to Learn About Counting brings these skills into the classroom with fun and engaging games and activities! 80 pages. Paperback.
  • Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure
    Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure
    • Item Number: 20225
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    Now more than ever, adults must help children develop the skills necessary to navigate through life successfully. By focusing on building social and emotional strength, we increase children's resilience and prepare them to handle the challenges in life. The strategies and activities in "Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure" help children become socially and emotionally healthy for life. Organized into five chapters, the activities support and build resilience in children ages 3 to 8. 160 pages. Paperback.
  • Block Play
    Block Play
    • Item Number: 97733
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    This block play guide enhances the classroom block corner with over 50 great activities. Clear description of what children learn by playing with blocks accompany the activities. Each suggestion encourages problem solving, fine-and-gross motor development, the development of math, science, language, and social skills.
  • Learning is in BLOOM: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations - Paperback
    Learning is in BLOOM: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations - Paperback
    • Item Number: 72385
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    The movement to connect young children with nature continues to grow, as more parents and educators become passionate about bringing learning outdoors and letting children explore outside the bounds of traditional lessons. In the full-color Learning Is in Bloom, teachers and caregivers will find 40 hands-on activities effective in engaging young children in investigating nature, both indoors and outdoors, on the school grounds, and on excursions around the neighborhood. Through fostering a love… More »
  • Go Figure!
    Go Figure!
    • Item Number: 25672
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    Grades K - 5. This resource will help children meet the challenges of daily problem solving as they discover and use problem solving strategies and higher-order thinking skills. These short mathematical and reasoning activities are based on national Reading and Mathematics Standards to enhance the academic opportunities in the daily classroom. Unit includes K-2 and 3-5 Activity Guides.
  • Preschool Health and Safety Matters
    Preschool Health and Safety Matters
    • Item Number: 20238
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    Early childhood educators are responsible for the health and safety of the children they care for. From preventing harm from known safety risks to promoting children's medical, nutritional, oral, and mental health, educators and program directors act as children's daily protection and support. This easy-to-use manual provides educators with the information they need to ensure that the children in their care are safe, while they learn the best practices to stay healthy for life. With suggestions,… More »
  • Infant and Toddler Experiences Set
    Infant and Toddler Experiences Set
    • Item Number: 80659
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    These books turn activities into experiences by taking into account the relationships between the caregiver, the child, and the home or center environment. Each experience includes instructions, list of materials needed, procedures to follow, and strategies to help caregivers promote the healthiest development for infants and toddlers. 192 pages each.
  • Picturing the Project Approach
    Picturing the Project Approach
    • Item Number: 89710
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    When teachers implement the project approach to learning, young children can follow their own real-world interests to gain deeper understanding. Children wonder about a topic, formulate their questions, and then figure out the answers for themselves in their own way. The project approach helps children dig deeply into intellectual and social experiences that can help them see meaningful benefits of the skills they are acquiring. "Picturing the Project Approach" will lead teachers every… More »
  • Complete Book and CD of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays and Chants
    Complete Book and CD of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays and Chants
    • Item Number: 81421
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    This best selling book comes with 2 CD's featuring 50 songs. Children will build a strong foundation in skills such as listening, imagination, coordination, and spatial and body awareness. Accompanying songs are sure to get children up and moving! 500 pages.
  • Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces That Wow!
    Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces That Wow!
    • Item Number: 53065
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    Create a high quality school-age program that is exciting, inviting, and reflects the interests, abilities, and needs of the children. This book is filled with hundreds of ideas - from setting up a quiet reading nook to tackling clutter - reflecting the authors' years of experience and hundreds of visits to a variety of school-age programs. It takes you through all of the considerations that affect your program and then lays out a process to help you improve the three dimensions of a school-age environment.
  • Mighty Fine Motor Fun - Paperback
    Mighty Fine Motor Fun - Paperback
    • Item Number: 18274
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    Featuring activities organized by age, this resource provides you with the tools and information you need to teach fine motor skills to children ages 3 to 5. With few materials needed, the activities are perfect for both large and small groups and are easy to integrate into any curriculum. Paperback.
  • Rainy Day Activities
    Rainy Day Activities
    • Item Number: 17250
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    Rainy Day Activities has everything you need to make being stuck inside fun! This resource is filled with quiet games to create relaxing moments, active games to get the wiggles out, and games that require no materials at all. 64 pages.
  • Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children - Paperback
    Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children - Paperback
    • Item Number: 26113
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    More than 300 theme activities written by teachers for teachers! Actively engage children's imaginations with more than 300 activities for young children organized into a variety of popular themes -- from the alphabet to the weather. The result of a nationwide contest among teachers, the classroom-tested activities in Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children provide many months of learning fun! Each activity is complete with learning objectives, materials list, related children's… More »
  • 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children - Paperback
    101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children - Paperback
    • Item Number: 17229
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    With quick and simple ideas, "101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities" is guaranteed to enliven any day. Encourage children to think creatively, problem solve, and have fun while learning. Written by two experienced teachers, this collection of open-ended ideas is a book teachers and parents will want to keep handy. Paperback. 144 pages.
  • Up, Down, Move Around - Math and Literacy - Paperback
    Up, Down, Move Around - Math and Literacy - Paperback
    • Item Number: 26888
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    Movement-inspiring activities reinforce key literacy and math concepts! Young children learn best when they connect physical activity with learning! Up, Down, Move Around is packed with fun, simple math and literacy activities that will have your children jumping, shaking, rolling, dancing, and clapping as they learn! From the Syllable Freeze Dance to a Math Orchestra, children ages 3 to 6 will actively explore letters and numbers as they develop number sense, practice counting and rhyming, and… More »

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