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Child Development Center

Day Care Items Needed

Following is a list of items which can always be used. Donations of any of these items will be greatly appreciated.

Equipment and Material Suggestions for Children Ages 3 to 5

For Large Muscle Development

Tricycles, Low Slides, Bean Bags

Multi-Size Balls, Boxes, Marching Music

Bubble Blowing Materials, Broomstick, Horses, Tumbling Pads

Swings, Balancing Boards

For Small Muscle Development

Pegs and Pegboard, Geoboard with Rubber Bands, Plastic Jars/Lids

Easy Puzzles, Different Sized Nuts and Bolts, Small Cubes/Blocks

Ringboard with Washers, Stringing Beads/String, Vinyl Picture Stick-ons

Buttoning/ Lacing/ Zippers

Intellectual/Language/Social/Emotional Development

Flannel Board with Pictures, Sequence Cards, Picture/Match Game

Picture Sorting, Puppets, Story Act Out

Pictures, Books with Records/Tapes, Word/Name Games

Storytelling, Toy House with Furniture, Toy Telephone

Variety of Musical Instruments, Magnifying Glass, Sand and Water Area

Magnets, Number Cards, Sorting Board, NumberCards

Color Shade Cards, See Through Color Frames, Variety of Smelling Things

Sound Tubs, Scratch and Sniff Books, Shape Stencils

Shape Sorting Box

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Small Muscle Development

bean bags, balls, tops, stacking rings, xylophone, block push throughs

musical rolling pin, carpet puzzles, water shaker bottle, magazines

busy box, blocks, elastic and bells, "open-shut" toys, "empty-fill" toys

shakers, rattles, crib mobiles, stacking cans, buckets, catalogues

Intellectual/Language Development

large piece of: sponge, carpet, silk, velvet

tops, catalogues, buckets, magazines, xylophone, CD player

shakers, recordings of sounds and songs, rattles, "empty-fill" toys

pictures, busy box, puppets, blankets, crib mobiles, stacking cans

elastic and bells, books (cloth or laminated), unbreakable mirrors

balls (different size and texture), water shaker bottle, flannel board

“open-shut” toys, block push throughs

Large Muscle Development.

blankets, buckets, tunnel, balls, cardboard boxes, texture cans

prop board, covered foam mat, blocks, push-pull toys

rubber or soft vehicles with wheels

Social/Emotional Development

unbreakable mirrors, soft doll, board, cloth and vinyl books

rocking horse, texture cans, puppets, pictures, photographs

cardboard boxes, blankets/quilts

DCD Child Care Handbook Chapter 6 Resource 26 & 27

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Small Muscle Development

ribbon easel, clay, large crayons, tape, play dough, paste, sifters

paints, spoons, paint brushes, soap suds, sand box, musical instruments

water tub, ball, jack-in-box, stacking toys, shape cutters, puzzles (one/two piece)

kaleidoscope, bongo drums, rolling pins, simple picture puzzles, clothespins

water bottles, nesting cans, shape sort can

Intellectual/Language Development

sand box, push toys, water tub, pull toys, rubber people, simple puzzles

rubber animals, bongo drums, shape sort can, nesting cans, puppets

kaleidoscope, cars, books, trucks, plants, rolling pins, clothespins, water bottle

magnets, paint brushes, newsprint, textured materials, records, record player

basket of natural objects

Large Muscle Development

push toys, blocks, pull toys, tunnel, riding toys, balls, balance board, boxes, broom buckets, sand box, plastic hoe, water tub, plastic rake, bongo drums, rocking boat

steps, plastic shovel, rhythm instruments, bean bag chair, rubber inner tube swings


Social/Emotional Development

unbreakable mirrors, wagons, dolls, large crayons, puppets, paper, broom,

bulletin board, dustpan, ironing board, pots and pans, large doll bed, hats

shoes, mop, flannel board, rocking boat. play stove, play refrigerator

DCD Child Care Handbook Chapter 6 Resource 26 & 27

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