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Building Relationships

Create a learning environment that fosters positive relationships. From dolls and dress-up clothes to books and posters, Kaplan’s building relationships selection offers social-emotional tools that help children build meaningful connections at home and in the classroom.

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Image of Walk in My Shoes Mat with Activities and Teacher Guide
Walk in My Shoes Mat with Activities and Teacher Guide
Item: 33592
Status: In Stock
$89.95
3 years & up. Model and practice empathy with the Walk in My Shoes Mat, Teacher Guide, and Activity Card(s) and 40"L X 60"W mat that rolls easily for storage.  Perfect to help children learn to be more empathetic and appreciate how different people express their feelings. Provide children the emotional tools they need as you demonstrate and practice appropriate responses about feelings and emotions.
Image of Community Workers 3" Tall - 8 Pieces
Community Workers 3" Tall - 8 Pieces
Item: 30824
Status: In Stock
$24.95
18 months & up. From a firefighter to a caring doctor, this set of eight community workers represents many of the occupations children see throughout their community. These figures are easy to grip and perfect for an interactive lesson about careers. Children will delight as they identify familiar faces from their community, some they may know personally. These Community Workers are the perfect way to have a conversation about children's future occupations all while promoting fine motor skills… More »
Image of Career Dramatic Play Dress-Up - Set 1
Career Dramatic Play Dress-Up - Set 1
Item: 32402P
Status: In Stock
$39.95 - $199.95
3 - 5 years. Inspire children to explore a variety of careers with these five career garments. Features hook-and-loop closures for easy dress up. Accessories and hats are included for all with the exception of the astronaut garment. 100% polyester. Soft, machine washable fabric. Includes: Mechanic, Construction Worker, Mail Carrier, Astronaut, and Chef. Available individually or in a set of 5.
Image of Career Dramatic Play Dress-Up  - Set 2
Career Dramatic Play Dress-Up - Set 2
Item: 32403P
Status: In Stock
$39.95 - $199.95
3 years & up. Familiar career garments children can use in role play to explore what they want to be when they grow up. Machine washable. Available individually or in a set of five.
Image of Me and My Friends Diverse Smiling Faces Posters - Set of 12
Me and My Friends Diverse Smiling Faces Posters - Set of 12
Item: 63715
Status: In Stock
$21.95
Celebrate diversity and friendship in your classroom with this high quality Me and My Friends Diverse Smiling Faces Classroom Posters. This poster set is great for highlighting the friendships of children across ages and settings. Use these posters in your classroom for a lesson on diversity, inclusion, and collaborative play. Set of 12 posters. Measures 11"L x 17"W.
Image of When I Grow Up Career Toddler Shirts - Set of 6
When I Grow Up Career Toddler Shirts - Set of 6
Item: 90212
Status: In Stock
$129.95
18 - 36 months. What do you want to be when you grow up? Children will pretend to be a race car driver, construction worker, zookeeper, pilot, astronaut, or veterinarian while wearing these detailed dress-up shirts in the dramatic play center. Each of the shirts have printed designs representing each occupation. Hook-and-loop closures allow children to practice dressing and undressing, encouraging independence. Promote an understanding of different careers in the classroom by encouraging dramatic… More »
Image of Occupation Puppets - Set of 8
Occupation Puppets - Set of 8
Item: 46167
Status: In Stock
$134.95
12 months & up. Excellent for creative role-play, career, and cultural awareness activities. These 8 puppets have appropriate outfits which illustrate different occupations. Set includes: doctor, chef, fireman, postal worker, construction worker, farmer, veterinarian, and policeman.
Image of Community Helper Dress-Up Shirts - Set of 6
Community Helper Dress-Up Shirts - Set of 6
Item: 90233
Status: In Stock
$139.95
3 years & up. What do you want to be when you grow up? This set includes many of the men and women you see in your city or town working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy. The community helper shirts have printed details and silk-screened accents that represent each career. The careers featured include a doctor, chef, mail carrier, construction worker, police officer, and firefighter. Each shirt opens in the front and has hook-and-loop closures. They would make a great addition to the dramatic… More »
Image of Block Family Play Set - Hispanic
Block Family Play Set - Hispanic
Item: 95876
Status: In Stock
$31.95
3 years & up. Encourage role play and add realism to doll house activities. This multi-generational Hispanic family of 8 is made of solid vinyl, with realistic detailing. Each figure is free standing, with the tallest measuring 5"H.
Image of Best Behavior® Board Books - Set of 6
Best Behavior® Board Books - Set of 6
Item: 80976
Status: In Stock
$57.95
12 months & up. This board book series helps children on their journey of social and emotional development. Each book introduces different concepts teaching young children that words can hurt and germs aren't for sharing.
Image of Conversation Cubes
Conversation Cubes
Item: 91583
Status: In Stock
$16.95
Grades 1 & up. Spark discussions on the first day and beyond. Colorful cubes feature 36 engaging questions about student experiences and perspectives, including: What are you most proud of? Who is the bravest person you know? and What foods do you like? Use in presenting character development activities; brainstorming before writing; and building oral language, social, and listening skills. Also supports fluency in ELLs and students with speech impairments. Includes activity guide. Soft foam… More »
Image of Kuddle Dolls
Kuddle Dolls
Item: 40591P
Status: In Stock
$22.95
4 months & up. Celebrate diversity and encourage imagination with these huggable fabric dolls. Their soft, friendly faces make them an instant companion to your children. These sleeping dolls promote dramatic play and social emotional development. Use these dolls for an interactive bedtime story to tuck your children in. For an extra activity, have your children come up with their own bedtime stories to tell you! The Kuddle Dolls are easy to clean and machine washable and dryable. Available… More »
Image of Social Skills Board Games
Social Skills Board Games
Item: 91626
Status: In Stock
$49.95
Grades 1 - 5. Addressing morals, manners, empathy, friendship, showing and managing emotions, these games encourage discussion among children about proper social behavior as they strive to find the best solution to problems. These games cover socially challenging situations and together the group decides upon the best action. This encourages all players to communicate, listen and participate in the game. Set contains six game boards, 24 counters, one die, and one spinner.
Image of First Manners Board Books - Set of 4
First Manners Board Books - Set of 4
Item: 62539
Status: In Stock
$35.95
12 months & up. Help your children learn their necessary manners with this set of exciting First Manners Board Books for Practicing Nice Phrases. These endearing characters use their manners in fun, cheerful books that help guide a child's first steps in learning the important phrases. Encourage your children to incorporate more manners into their daily lives.
Image of Photo Cubes - Set of 2
Photo Cubes - Set of 2
Item: 39354
Status: In Stock
$83.95
Birth & up. Roll or toss these colorful Photo Cubes to children and see if they can recognize their friends and family. These wonderful cubes promote gross motor functions and facial recognition. Simply slip photos of familiar faces into the clear sleeves, and have children identify the people in the photo. For an extra activity, put print outs of shapes, animals, or numbers in the sleeves and have children identify those objects. Each cube holds up to 6 photos that measure 3.5" x 5".… More »
Image of Emotion-oes Board Game
Emotion-oes Board Game
Item: 62921
Status: In Stock
$15.95
4 years & up. Discuss a variety of emotions with this exciting Emotion-oes Board Game for Social Emotional Learning and Collaborative Play. This board game offers a new twist on the long beloved game of dominoes. Encourage children to match the cards as you discuss how to regulate the emotions. Learning games are a perfect tool for engaging children in the development of social skills. Includes 56 emotion-oes cards and resource guide.
Image of Toddler Tools® Board Books - Set of 6
Toddler Tools® Board Books - Set of 6
Item: 92941
Status: In Stock
$58.95
18 months & up. Give toddlers the tools they need to become happy nappers, good listeners and more! Six board books feature rhythmic language and delightful illustrations to help little ones learn how to listen, share, clean up and more. Each book contains practical ideas for parents and caregivers.
Image of When I Grow Up Career Preschool Shirts - Set of 6
When I Grow Up Career Preschool Shirts - Set of 6
Item: 90224
Status: In Stock
$149.95
3 - 5 years. What do you want to be when you grow up? This set of 6 pretend play career shirts includes an astronaut, veterinarian, race car driver, construction worker, zoo keeper, and pilot. Each shirt is designed with fun graphics, representing each of the careers. The 100% polyester shirts open in the front and have easy hook-and-loop fasteners. Perfect for the dramatic play center! Machine washable.
Image of Block Family Play Set - Asian
Block Family Play Set - Asian
Item: 95877
Status: In Stock
$31.95
3 years & up. Encourage role play and add realism to doll house activities. This multi-generational Asian family of 8 is made of solid vinyl, with realistic detailing. Each figure is free standing, with the tallest measuring 5"H. Also excellent for use in block play area.
Image of Bullies, Victims, & Bystanders Board Game
Bullies, Victims, & Bystanders Board Game
Item: 91625
Status: In Stock
$49.95
Grades 2 & up. Encourage children to exchange negative behavior for positive choices in the Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders Board Game. As they take on the roles of bullies, victims, and bystanders in this board game children will learn empathy, skills to overcome and prevent bullying, and communication skills. This game offers a lighthearted way to start a tough discussion on the effects of bullying and the importance of treating peers with kindness. Use this board game in small groups or… More »
Image of Sensory Calming Technique Kit
Sensory Calming Technique Kit
Item: 35402
Status: In Stock
$55.95
3 years & up. Provide sensory motor stimulation and an opportunity to help children manage emotions, develop calming techniques for their mind and body, reduce anxiety and stressors. The items in the kit allow children to work and play independently and become resilient when met with a challenge. Includes hardback book, 1 sensory fidget stick, 2 glow sticks, Playfoam, 100 links, rainbow coil spring, 20 pop cubes, globe stress ball, and 2 poppers. Items may vary. The included book takes a look… More »
Image of Friends & Neighbors: The Helping Game
Friends & Neighbors: The Helping Game
Item: 63609
Status: In Stock
$28.95
3 years & up. Teach your children about the importance of compassion with this fun Friends & Neighbors: The Helping Game to Encourage Empathy and Cooperation. This matching game promotes working together and collaborative play. In playing the game and reading about the feelings and needs of the characters, children will begin to recognize feelings in others, the first step to building empathy. This game includes 4 game boards, tokens, a helping bag, a guide, and a story book. For 1-4 players.
Image of Character Building Books - Set of 4
Character Building Books - Set of 4
Item: 37470
Status: Temporarily Out of Stock
$54.95
4 years & up. Beautiful real image pages help children understand the importance of being kind, confident, grateful and mindful. Through these books, children learn about empathy, kindness, honesty, integrity and other moral values. They learn to understand and appreciate the feelings, thoughts and experiences of others, which fosters compassion, tolerance and respect for diversity. These books are great for group read alouds for children who aren't reading on their own yet or solo reading for… More »
Image of DIY Operation Cooperation Camp Quilt - Pieces for 1 Quilt - 24 Pieces
DIY Operation Cooperation Camp Quilt - Pieces for 1 Quilt - 24 Pieces
Item: 200017
Status: In Stock
$35.95
Spark the imagination of your little artist with this fun, creative, and interactive quilt-making project! Includes 24 white poly/cotton 8" fabric squares with pre-cut holes for easy tying, and 96 pieces of 12" multicolor satin cording. Decorate quilt squares using fabric markers and paint before building the quilt for the best picture outcome.