More and more families have been asking me about useful toys and activities to prep their children for private school kindergarten interviews.  Let me be clear: I am against kindergarten interview prepping.  Just by attending nursery school, your child is getting excellent exposure to educational toys and activities similar to what he or she will see at private school kindergarten interviews.  That said, if you’re looking for fun, stimulating toys to round out your family’s collection, here are some suggestions that my clients’ kids have enjoyed:

DRAWING, WRITING

The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories

I Can Draw Animals (Kid Kits)

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Colored Pencils 24 pack

Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons – 24 pack

MATH

MindWare Pattern Play

Blue Orange Pengoloo

MindWare Imaginets

Learning Resources Pizza Fractions

BUILDING / THINKING

Block Buddies

Tangoes Jr.

Picture Perfect

Magna Tiles

Magna-Tiles Translucent Colors

Mighty Mind

Tangoes

BrainQuest Cards