For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.
- Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
- Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Whose Gloves Are These? by Laura Purdie Salas ($25.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Elmo’s World: People In Your Neighborhood ($12.99) — Amazon
- Learning Journey: Who I Am? Puzzles ($12.99) — Amazon
- Melissa & Doug Town Blocks ($12.99) — Amazon
- Mesh Bag ($3.99) — The Container Store
- Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
- Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house
The two books that I chose Kitten Red Yellow Blue and Whose Gloves Are These? both feature a variety of jobs and a variety of people doing them. I love the guessing game aspect of Whose Gloves Are These? which really engages readers. And Kitten Red Yellow Blue has a great storyline for kids to follow that doesn’t revolve around just one job. (So many of the community helper books focus on just firefighters or just police officers.
I really wanted to give kids a chance to see real people doing community helper jobs. When most of the books were outdated, I decided to go with a DVD. Elmo is a favorite here and we actually didn’t own this DVD in our collection. So this accomplished my goal and also added a new material to the collection.
These puzzles include a ton of options that are not community helpers (like a wizard) and I just removed those from the kit before circulating. This has been popular because it has a “right” way to do the puzzle, but it can also be used to tell a story about a firefighter-doctor-pilot.
Oh, Town Blocks. I had a set similar to this and it was one of my most beloved toy sets. I think that kids never get tired of playing with blocks and this is a great set to talk about community helpers. It has a lot of cars and building and road signs. It’s great. I did remove some of the blocks from the set and I’ve got them in reserve in case a police car goes missing at some point.
It’s the beginning of May and the Community Helpers Book Bundle has gone out 11 times since launching at the end of November! This Bundle was renewed three times in a row by the same family because they “couldn’t give it up”! I’ve really been enjoying all the feedback that our families have been providing us with!