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When I see an expensive box of preschool homeschool curriculum, I scratch my head and wonder why anyone would pay that? Planning to homeschool your preschooler doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t need to be expensive. As a matter of fact, you can have a dollar store preschool curriculum and be just as successful as the expensive packages.
To homeschool a preschooler, you need to have just one concern: Teach your child to love learning. If you can teach your child that learning is fun, he or she will learn forever.
Finding Preschool Curriculum at the Dollar Store
The dollar store is a treasure trove of learning possibilities and I am not just referring to the educational section. An hour browsing among the shelves can uncover tools and toys for art, crafts, fine motor skill development, and much more.
Our local dollar store is called the Dollar Tree and hosts a large variety of craft and science kits as well as craft supplies. You can also purchase preschool workbooks for just $1. At prices like that, buying the workbooks and taking them apart is cheaper than paying for ink to print out worksheets.
I also love that you can get organizers and basics supplies you can find. Magnetic letters, foam stickers, construction paper… my only advice is to be aware of what these items would cost somewhere else. You do not want to get caught up in the momentum of “Oh, well, it is only $1!” and end up paying more than you would from another store.
Some of my favorite buys on a recent trip to Dollar Tree included:
- Ice trays for sorting buttons, pom poms, and more. I also love using them with toddler tweezers to build fine motor skills.
- Clothespins for crafts and fine motor development. Make sure to check my clothespins activity board on Pinterest.
- Preschool puzzles to keep little hands busy when I need them to play independently.
- Matching pairs card games for learning to use memory.
- Scrubby sponges for art and picking up with tongs to place in a jar or dish.
- Tangram shape magnets for playing creatively, repeating shapes, and following instructions.
Dollar Store Preschool Shopping List
In addition to preassembled kits, tons of ideas like those I just mentioned are available… if you think creatively.
Here is a checklist of not-so-ordinary items you can buy from a dollar store with ways to use them in your preschool homeschool curriculum:
- Colored bandages – play doctor or create bright flowers
- Shaving cream – sensory play, writing, textured painting
- Dish draining mat – weaving with ribbons
- Cooking utensils – painting, imaginative play
- Divided party trays – sorting, water play, color mixing
- Hair gel – squishy sensory bags
- Cookie sheets – magnetic boards
- Pool noodles – marble runs, building toys, pool noodle activities
- Muffin tin – sorting, counting
- Salt – writing tray, sensory play
- Sandpaper – sensory play, textured art, yarn shapes
- Spice shakers – experimenting with smells
- Foam strips – weaving through a tray organizer
- Cupcake liners – crafts, sorting games
- Sponges – painting, floating boats, construction play
- Shower rings – ribbon dancers
- Water beads – sensory play
- Brag book – wipeable pages for dry erase markers
- Q-tips – painting, art projects
- Marbles – for counting, sorting, and patterning
- Ping pong balls – counting, ping pong ball races (with straws)
- Dress up clothes – imaginative play
- Plastic animals – theme units, imaginative play, sensory boxes
- Army men – counting, imaginative play, sensory boxes
- Squirt bottles – painting, water play
Leave a comment: What have you found at a dollar store that would go great with preschool homeschool curriculum?
Love these ideas? You can find even more on my Pinterest board for preschool.
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