This year we decided to focus on books (and big girl bikes!) and I wanted to share with you some that I thought were great for my girls (3 1/2 years old).
The Mother Company was started by a group of moms who were concerned by the amount of screen time kids were getting. But they also recognized that screen time is probably inevitable in this day and age - so they set about creating fun, educational programs centered around social and emotional issues. To go along with these DVD's, they also produced a range of books on topics including friendship, safety, feelings and safety.
I've known about their products for a while and thought I would buy a few books for the girls for Christmas as our book selection was feeling a little tired.
Here are the books Zoe & Mya got:
- A Little Book About Friendship
- A Little Book About Feelings
- A Little Book About Safety
- Sally Simon Simmons' Super Frustrating Day
- When Lyla Got Lost (and Found)
I love them all for many different reasons....
They are short enough to read before bed, have appealing graphic design and most importantly, they teach important concepts in a very age appropriate way. There is even a useful safety tip list in both A Little Book About Safety and When Lyla Got Lost (and Found).
We have had some great conversations inspired by these books including:
- reflecting on times when we felt a certain way (usually frustrated or angry) and what to do about it
- what to do next time we get lost (which will happen - trust me!)
- why we choose some people as our friends
I'm excited to take a look at the DVDs too and think they will be a great way to reinforce the ideas that the books teach. I'm all about teaching emotional and social intelligence to kids early on in the hope that this will help prevent frustration and misunderstandings later on.
I highly recommend taking a look at The Mother Company and their products as a great way to give kids important concepts that will help their development in many ways - including social, emotional, language.
** There are no affiliate links or paid endorsements in this post - I just really like the books!