Make your classroom a space where children feel comfortable exploring who they are and how they feel. From books and puppets to puzzles and blocks, Kaplan has the tools you need to provide a safe space for the children in your care.
3 years & up. Invite children to tell their story in their own individualized book with these journals for children. The 8.5" x 11" journals serve as wonderful self-discovery tools and provide a template for children to create their own self-portrait along with 8 writing prompts for kids to help them draw/write their own story. Set of 10. Great for back to school!
Birth & up. The Peeka® developmental mirror features an array of colorful and engaging elements designed to help children explore, learn, and grow. Adjust the multi-position stand for tummy time or held by baby. Babies can grasp the multi-textured handles for tactile stimulation and sensory exploration. Move the multi-texture balls along the top and bottom handles for midline play improving gross and fine motor skills. Little ones can engage in early stages of communication through smiling,… More »
These guides offer families simple strategies to support young children's healthy social and emotional development. Filled with suggestions of everyday activities that families can enjoy together and promote three key protective factors: initiative, self-regulation, and attachment/relationships. Booklets (40 pages) are available in English or Spanish in sets of 20. Copyright 2013.
Birth & up. Children will relate to this lovable set of bears and matching blanket that encourages social emotional development. The four soft and colorful bears will help children identify and label the common emotions of happy, sad, angry, and scared. Have children match the bear to the corresponding color on the blanket, and discuss each emotion. Each bear is 11" tall. Machine washable.
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.
3 years & up. Educate your children on the importance of empathy and compassion with this Understanding Feelings Learning Kit. This kit promotes social and emotional learning, literacy, and collaborative learning. This engaging take-home kit invites families to join together in understanding and identifying emotions. The kit includes a book, learning materials, and an activity card(s).
3 years & up. Each cushion is printed with facial expressions to encourage children to identify and express their emotions. Children can sit on different cushions throughout the day or week to define their emotions. These Social Emotional Cushions are made of durable wipe clean vinyl. Set of six cushions. Each cushion measures 16" diameter. One year warranty.
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.
Sometimes misbehavior isn't what it seems. Many children come to care with early signs of mental- or behavioral-health issues. Early childhood professionals are often the first to notice that something is different. "How Can I Help?" is a practical guide that helps educators first identify issues and then create nurturing, safe, and successful learning environments to set up all children for success. Learn how to: promote mental health for all children in your care, identify signs of behavioral-health… More »
An early childhood classroom should reinforce and enhance young children's sense of belonging and connection to their environment, each other, their families, and their community. This book invites educators and administrators to rethink the traditional classroom, with inspirational examples showing how to weave elements that reflect each center's community into the classroom design. Colorful photos show what teachers can do to encourage a sense of community unique to each classroom. Easy-to-implement… More »
4 years & up. Help children understand their value and worth no matter who they are! Each book in this inclusive set shows children that who they are is perfect no matter the color of their skin, what clothes they wear, or their religion. These inspiring stories will encourage children to see the best in other people and be empowered by the uniqueness in others and themselves. Hardcover. Set of 4.
3 years & up. Manimo® weighted plush animals provide children with a sensory stimulation and soothing effect. These plush companions were designed to help children remain attentive and focused during their daily activities. Alleviating excess energy while providing deep pressure sensations. The weighted animals are soft and pliable and can be placed either on the child's shoulders, waist, thighs or stomach to stimulate rest and/or concentration. Recommended usage time is 15-20-minutes,… More »
4 years & up. Make any moment mindful from morning to night with five categories of cards, designed to fit into each part of the day. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both sides of the cards provide easy-to-follow steps for each practice. The cards and 8-page instructional booklet include tips for children of a wide range of abilities, making this deck an inclusive tool for nurturing inner peace and strength. Includes 50 double-sided cards and 8-page booklet. Cards measure 4.96" x 6.97".
3 years & up. Introduce this wonderful At Home with Diversity and Inclusion Read Along Books set in your classroom for group reading. This collection of books promotes diversity, empathy, literacy, and social learning. Children will love learning more about characters different from them and connecting to characters familiar to them. Encourage children to ask questions about vocabulary words they're unfamiliar with. Paperback. Set of 7 books.
4 years & up. Explore the look and tone of emotions as kids match narrative statements to photographs of children's faces showing different expressions. To play, students listen to the sounds on the CD and place tokens on the images of their game cards that match what they hear. Each game set includes 12 game cards (5.5" x 8.5" each) with 8 photos per card, 120 game tokens, an audio CD, and directions in English, Spanish, and French. It also supports NCTM and NAEYC standards.
Every day, 250 children are suspended from school. Many are children of color, deprived of opportunities to experience learning at the same rate and quality as white children. Many families don't feel heard or respected in their child's schools. Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms leads early childhood professionals to explore and address issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences. Importantly, this book will challenge… More »
3 years & up. The Mindfulness Matters book set shows children how they can use mindfulness to help them be calm, regulate emotions and better their day through breathing techniques and exercise. They can blow away angry thoughts, breathe slow like an elephant or relax with a belly breath. Set of 4. Hardback.
3 years & up. Use these wonderful My Family Books Readings About Different Family Types to introduce your children to a variety of families. This set of books celebrates the diverse family groups that make up our world! Children will enjoy connecting with families similar to theirs and learning about different ones. The positive, clear text helps emergent readers understand different family relationships, while recognizing the bonds that all families share. Encourage children to ask questions… More »
3 years & up. Worry no more! These tactile stones have been designed to soothe, calm and help children focus. A range of textures, shapes, and natural colors stimulates many senses of users. Stones are made out of stone and are durable enough to weather the outdoors. The set includes 12 stones: two each of six designs measuring between 2"-3"each.
4 years & up. Love comes in many different forms-so do families! Show children that love, not who you are or how your family looks, is what makes a family a family with the inclusive All Families Are Special Books. Perfect for exploring all the unique ways a family can be made, this book set helps teachers and parents build nurturing and supportive environments for children where they feel safe, comfortable, and affirmed in their family backgrounds. From adoptive and single-parent families,… More »
18 months & up. Children can engage in a historic cultural journey while playing with the eight Around the World Dolls. These 5" figures represent four males and four females dressed in traditional clothing from seven various cultures distinctly represented in this set of dolls. These dolls are great for storytelling and will help children introduce diversity to pretend play by exploring a different culture. 8 pieces.