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Best Activity Books for Preschoolers


Hand-eye coordination is important in the development of fine motor skills in preschoolers. It is the precursor to writing and when it is learned early, it gives young children an advantage when entering school. The ability to complete some of the work independently will also allow preschoolers to feel proud and confident. Preschoolers will be able to establish confidence as they work through tracing, patterns, puzzles, cutting, pasting and more. There are plenty of projects to keep any preschooler occupied. The engaging designs and characters will ensure they have fun while learning. The following selection of activity books provides the necessary practice in order to develop these skills.

Best Writing Practice

Wipe Clean Workbook: Pre-K (Scholastic Early Learners) (Spiral-bound)

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The “Wipe Clean Workbook” is easy to use over and over again. It also lays flat, making writing practice a breeze. Children are able to practice their skills until they have mastered them. If they need more practice, they can just wipe it completely clean and start over. This is a good activity book to have in any home or school. This book is ideal for children ages 2 to 4.

Best Essentials

Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book (Wipe Clean Early Learning Activity Books) (Spiral-bound)

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The “Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book” provides preschoolers with the opportunity to learn essential skills in writing, counting, telling time, drawing and more. Children ages 2-5 will be captivated by the colorful pages, and they will be proud of their progress as they work through the book.

Teacher Favorite

Preschool Big Fun Workbook (HighlightsTM Big Fun Activity Workbooks) (Paperback)

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The “Preschool Big Fun Workbook” was developed by education professionals with young learners in mind. There are over 250 pages of puzzles, games and skills practice. It offers exercises in language arts, math and shapes, which makes this an excellent choice for helping 3- to 5-year-olds with pre-reading and early math learning.

The “School Zone Big Preschool Workbook” has over 300 pages of enjoyable activities. The sections introduce lessons with kid-friendly illustrations to reinforce the learning objectives. These include writing, the alphabet, colors, shapes, following directions, numbers and early math. The parent notes contain tips for initiating the skills to be learned. It’s a great way to support early instruction for 3- to 5-year-olds.

This activity book has everything a preschooler could want. Young children will be eager to practice using scissors and glue. They can also sharpen their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The easy tear-out pages make working on individual pages more convenient, and there are reward stickers to encourage completion of the lessons. Studies have shown that operating the connections between the brain and hands results in better learning. Have fun crafting with your 3- to 5-year-old using the activities in this fun book.

Expert Commentary

“In my own experience as a caregiver and teacher, I have seen children engage with these activity books, and then later have positive performance in reading and writing. If possible, give a few options to the child at first and see what their responses are to better customize the experience.”

Our Expert Consultant

Jill Goodwin

Jill Goodwin is an environmental scientist and working mother of one. She and her husband, an archaeologist, reside in Florida and have deep expertise around things outside of the house that you and your child may encounter. From taking their daughter to find reptiles and amphibians in the swamps to testing the chemical impact of the top sunscreens, Jill is here to help you find the best for your child.