Get Ready for Learning: Preschool and Daycare

Get Ready for Learning: Preschool and Daycare

Bulkie Sleep Mat Photo courtesy of NAPPA

For your toddler attending preschool or daycare, check out these National Parenting Product Awards recommended items that provide learning, motor skills, potty training tools, going-away-from-home comfort and more!


I CAN DO THAT! Sticker Superstar
With over 500 stickers, preschoolers will love to solve mazes, play matching and counting games and decorate pictures in this activity-packed book that mixes fun and learning. $9.99, ages 2-5,

Bulkie Sleep Mat
All rolled into a convenient and fun backpack, these cozy mats are perfect for napping at preschool or day care. When used with the pillow turned down, it is 48 inches (sized for 2–4-year-olds) and with the pillow flipped up it grows to 56 inches (sized for 4–7-year-olds). $55, ages 2-7,

Potty Time ADVENTures – Farm Animals, Dinosaurs and Busy Vehicles
Cleverly combines the design elements of an Advent calendar with a potty training chart so children are rewarded with hidden themed wood blocks. Available in three themes: farm animals, dinosaurs and busy vehicles. $24.99, ages 18 months and older,



Kindness Unicorn
Join Poppy, with her sparkly book bag and storybook on a mission to spread kindness all through Sharewood Forest. $34.99, ages 3 and older.


Play Smart Numbers Age 3+
Help your child develop preschool readiness skills, such as following directions and attending to tasks, as well as skills like counting and comparing quantities. Provides a fun way to practice tracing numbers, ordering numbers, making comparisons, identifying patterns and understanding how parts can be added to make a whole. $7.95, ages 3-5,


Super Telly Teaching Time Clock
Help your child to tell both analog and digital time using two teaching methods. Telly is a working clock, an alarm clock and a night light. $37.99, ages 3 and older,



Good Morning, Good Morning
The lyrical wordplay encourages children to explore their surroundings and notice the subtle sensations within their bodies, all while helping them develop their daily mindfulness practice. Written and illustrated by women of color and featuring diverse characters. $12, ages birth-4.



Junior Foldable Fantasy Scooter
A 3-wheel scooter made just for toddlers. Features a wider deck in a range of fun colors and patterns with an adjustable T-bar to best suit growing kids. $79.99, ages 2-5,




Combines video chat with an award-winning library of kid’s books. The best part is that you can read the books whether you’re in the same room or thousands of miles apart. New books added every week and membership allows 4 accounts to read the same book together.$9.99 per month, ages birth-8,



Elena Epstein is the director of the National Parenting Product Awards. For more product reviews visit

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