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Favorite Things Friday: Fabulous Early Childhood Education Books to Inspire

Teaching little ones is tough! Even though the internet is a wonderful tool to use for hunting down parenting and teaching ideas, it’s nice every once in a while to have a physical book to look through.

That’s why I’ve decided to dedicate my Favorite Things Friday post to some of my favorite recent teacher-reads – all focusing on early childhood education!

I’m utilizing these books to brush up on some of my teaching skills, gain new ideas for learning (in the science area, specifically) and to simply enjoy.

Do-It-Yourself Early Learning by Jeff A. Johnson & Tasha A. Johnson


This book is full of resourceful, budget-friendly, kid-pleasing activities and DIY toys! If you’re looking for some screen-free activities, this is the book for you! It was a perfect pick for this mama’s frugal, zero-prep-loving tendencies.

Zero to Five by Tracy Cutchlow


This all-inclusive book begins at what parenthood looks like from pregnancy and goes all the way through your child’s fifth year. It has a lot of great information for parents, as well as fun, fresh ideas of how to meaningfully interact with your child each day.

Science Play! by Jill Frankel Hauser


Need some fun and easy science inspiration? This book gives a wide variety of activities and experiments for tons of science themes and concepts, which is perfect for the multi-aged homeschooling family! I’m looking forward to stealing some of the weather unit ideas and experiments for this spring.

Creative Block Play by Rosanne Regan Hansel


I LOVE this book, and have looked at it and checked it out from the library multiple times. My day care kids and my own daughter have always loved blocks, but sometimes a little structure – no pun intended! – and some novel ways to play with them make blocks even better. For the teacher in me, I loved reading up on all the different concepts and educational areas block play can fill!

Mommy & Me: More than 300 Together-Time Activities for You and Your Child by Dr. Cindy Bunin Nurik


This cute read lists hundreds of themed activity ideas, for every age from infancy to year 5. It’s truly a comprehensive activity book; there’s everything from recipes to craft ideas to songs and rhymes to party themes. I’m already writing down plans for some of the recipes and crafts from the February: Toddlers & Preschoolers section!

*Three of these titles have Kindle versions (some at cheaper prices!) available on Amazon, too, so if you’re a Kindle-reader, be sure to check out the links to the books!


Happy reading, and happy Friday!


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