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5 Back to School Must-haves for Preschoolers

5 Back to School Must-haves for Preschoolers

It's that time of year to start stocking up on back to school materials and we can't wait to share with you which merka products are our all-time faves for preschoolers.     Toddler Placemat Set This set is for toddlers and beyond and is so versatile for preschoolers to play and learn with. Our wipe clean Educational Placemats are reusable and durable, with a handy non-slip back. The set includes four placemats- shapes, colors, numbers and letters, covering all the fundamentals for a preschooler.     The most obvious way to use these placemats is during meal time and of...

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3 Simple Flashcard Trays for Preschoolers

3 Simple Flashcard Trays for Preschoolers

Flashcards are a great addition to play and learning set-ups. They add a subtle but important splash of learning to the activity without taking away from the hands-on experience for the child. In this blog we are sharing 3 simple activity ideas for preschoolers which combine early literacy and numeracy learning with our Educational Flashcard Sets.     Pom Pom Addition Pom poms are a great manipulative to use for early numeracy learning. The soft texture and bright colors are always appealing to preschoolers. We used colorful pom poms, our Learning Resources Squeezy Tweezers™, a fun activity tray from the...

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Let's Practice Numbers with Loose Parts

Let's Practice Numbers with Loose Parts

Merka's Coloring Mats can be used for so much more than just coloring. Our Let's Practice Numbers Mat, which comes as part of the Alphabet Set, is great for encouraging number recognition, counting, and number formation. In this blog we are sharing a fun idea for combining loose parts and one of our most popular coloring mats in order to support your child's numeracy learning.     What You Need As well as your Numbers Coloring Mat, you will ned your dry erase markers which come with the mat, and some bright and colorful loose parts. Loose parts are simply...

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Sensory Exploration Tray for Preschoolers

Sensory Exploration Tray for Preschoolers

Activities which encourage preschoolers to learn about using their senses are always lots of fun. We teamed up our sensory flashcards from the Educational Flashcards Explorer Set with a fun materials tray to explore. So much play and learning happened!     What You Need Gather up a fun selection of materials from your art supply boxes and kitchen cupboards. The materials really don't need to be fancy, just everyday items with a good mixture of textures and colors. Try to include a few which will make a noise when crumpled. We included metallic pipe cleaners, tissue paper squares, wooden...

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