Best Preschool Learning: School Zone Big Preschool Workbook

This workbook was a kid favorite! Parents liked it for the fine motor skills including pre-writing skills, early math and more.

What We Liked

• Great illustrations!

• Lots of activities.

• Aimed at ages 3 to 5.

• Online companion.

• Teaches how to follow directions.

• Colors and shapes.

What Needs Work

• Pages are not perforated. 

• A bit repetitive with some activities.

• Some preschoolers may find this workbook too easy.

Best Writing Skills Workbook: My First Learn to Write Workbook

Aimed at 3+ year olds, this workbook is our pick for teaching preschoolers writing skills. Develops pen control . . . which is important!

What We Liked

 Easy instructions to follow.

• 80 pages of writing practice.

• Tracing letter and numbers.

What Needs Work

• Pages aren’t perforated. But there is a spiral-bound version of this workbook available as well.

• Tracing around the edges of letter “bubbles” frustrated some parents. They’d rather have their kids trace actual letters.

Best Foundational Skills: My Preschool Workbook

This was another favorite of our preschool testers—and it came recommended from more than one preschool teacher! Here’s more:

What We Liked

• 101 activities.

• Number worksheets are particularly well-designed!

• Kids loved tracking their progress on the star page.

• Great for ages 3 to 4.

• Focuses on colors, letters, shapes, patterns, numbers and words.

• Lots of tracing and coloring.

Best Fun Graphics Workbook: School Zone Preschool Basics Workbook

Any parent of a preschooler will tell you what makes a great workbook—fun graphics! Yes, your preschooler is supposed to be learning numbers, matching, colors and more . . . but the more fun the graphics, the better engaged a preschooler will be. At least that was one result of our real-world testing!

What We Liked

• For ages 3-5.

• Online companion activities.

• Favorite activity: looking for differences in graphics.

• Well-designed.

• Easy to follow instructions.

What Needs Work

• Too easy for some advanced preschoolers!

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