For your preschooler, every opportunity is an chance to learn. A great way to teach your child about American history and patriotism, is through games and toys that celebrate the United States. From puzzles to blocks, there are a host of playthings that are designed to educate your child about the U.S. while letting them have fun.
Has your preschooler ever seen a presidential motorcade in action? What about footage of Air Force One taking off? This Air Force One playset by Daron features the president's plane, a limo, a jeep and other assorted die-cast vehicles associated with the commander-in-chief. Great for imaginative play for your little one, but the set also offers you the opportunity to discuss who the president is and his role in our country.
A great way to familiarize your preschooler with the United States is to let them look at a map of the country. The Encyclopedia Britannica Talking U.S. Puzzle by Tek Nek not only gives your child a feel for how the states fit together from a visual standpoint, it also teaches state names, capital cities and state nicknames with over 150 talking phrases. In addition, two extra buttons on the map play the Pledge of Allegiance and "America the Beautiful." The purchase also includes a 90 day online trial to Encyclopedia Britannica.com and a wall poster.
This 10-piece puzzle from Melissa & Doug features Presidents Washington and Lincoln. The pieces are large and chunky -- perfect for little hands -- and the puzzle itself is housed in a tray, which makes putting it together all that much easier. While the puzzle doesn't offer up any facts about these two presidents, you can certainly start a conversation about who they are with their little one and why they are so important to our country.
If your child has the LeapFrog Tag Reading System from LeapFrog (compare prices) the Tag United States of America Map is a great way to teach little ones about the United States. Through an assortment of "kid characters" and more than ten games, preschoolers can learn how children across the country live and play.
Great for kids ages five and up, the Presidents Block Set from Uncle Goose features all 44 presidents in wooden block form. Each cube includes information about each of one of the commanders-in-chief as well as an illustration of their face. There is also an "Oath of Office" block, so your preschooler can practice for her big day. Put all 45 of the blocks together in the correct way and you'll find you've made the American flag. The set is made in America.
Sometimes the simplest toys are the ones that kids relate to the most. The Peaceable Kingdom Press United States Sticker Tote features one map and 50 reusable stickers so your child can play with it over and over again. It features lots of bright colors and the map itself is visually interesting, making it appealing for little ones to pick up and play with (and learn from). It come in its own carrying case, so it's also great for on-the-go play.
Great for preschoolers for all ages, the VTech Explore and Learn Map lets preschoolers see where the states are in relation to each other as well as their names, but also state names, state flowers, state birds and more. There are ten modes of play, giving children a chance to learn different ways and on different levels, with game play increasing in difficulty as a child increases their knowledge.