Saturday, May 14, 2016

Peaceabilities

PERC offers a number of themed bags - kits full of materials that all revolve around a specific topic. Some of these include potty training, nursery rhymes, colors and shapes, and kindergarten preparation.



One that we'd like to introduce you to is called Peaceabilities. This system was developed by BYU professors to help children deal with interpersonal relations and to quell tendencies toward conflict and violence. An entire set of Peaceabilities materials was donated to PERC and we are offering it as a themed bag. This system includes eighteen children's books and a variety of activities for children ages 6-11. It would be good for any child, not just those struggling with conflict among friends and family.

For more information, visit http://creativeworks.byu.edu/peace/overview.htm or stop by PERC and check it out!

Friday, January 22, 2016

New year, new items

Welcome to 2016! We have several new items that were donated to us over the last couple weeks. Here are a few of them:
Ed Emberley drawing books! These books are perfect for children who are interested in step-by-step instructions. You'll be amazed at the things they'll be drawing.

Beehives. Your preschool children practice color matching and fine motor skills by grasping the bees and putting them in the right hive.

Word Sweep is a fun game for older children and families that tests your knowledge of word definitions. Can you identify all three words and make a word sweep?

All these toys are more are available at PERC. Come in and see us!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

New items at PERC

Now that we're back into the swing of fall, PERC has been adding a lot of new items. Here are some of our favorites:

 

Three new Spot It games! These popular card sets will teach children letters, numbers, shapes, and simple words.

This Brain Builders set helps kids follow instructions and translate 2D images to 3D buildings.


The Magical Intellect Ball operates along the same lines as Perplexus - it's a 3D maze that teaches coordination and motor skills.

All these items are available for check out at PERC. Come and see what else we've got!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BabyLit comes to PERC!


Thanks to the good people at BabyLit, who donated the entire run of these wonderful board books to PERC! For those of you who haven't encountered BabyLit, you will be enchanted by the adorable way they make classic literature accessible to the youngest child. The concepts are simple, the execution is clever, and the illustrations are amazing. Come in and check them out. You and your child will love BabyLit.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's a boomwhacker?

When I heard that we were ordering boomwhackers for PERC, I was a little confused. What in the world is a boomwhacker?
Boomwhackers are tuned tubes that make notes when you hit them, kind of like a xylophone. This is a great way to teach kids the rudiments of music, as well as the physics of sound (why do long tubes make lower pitches than short tubes?). They are now available for checkout at PERC!

Other new items:
 Pixy Cubes can be combined lots of ways to make different pictures. Watch your kids use logic to put the patterns together.
This A to Z dinosaur puzzle has uppercase letters on the front and lowercase letters on the back. He's fun to put together, and comes with his own tray to keep all the pieces in one place.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rings and gears and monkeys! Oh my!

We received some extra funding this year so we're having fun adding to our collection of educational toys. Here are some of the new things we acquired this week:

Meadow Ring Toss
Kids enjoy practicing their aim with this ring toss. Set up the three wooden posts, then toss the rope rings. Colored beads on each ring match colored symbols on the bases of the post. This one will be very popular as spring is coming.


Gears & Puzzles Deluxe
Put the puzzle pieces together, add the colorful gears, turn the crank and watch them go! This set can be assembled in countless ways, letting children use their creativity and see cause and effect in action. I think this is my new favorite.
Balancing Monkeys
This new toy combines motor skills and math. Children can see how the distance from the tree changes the balance of the monkeys. A lesson in basic physics for the preschool set.
For more of our new acquisitions, visit our online catalog and click on What's New.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Making room for growth

You may have noticed the many boxes of freebies we've had outside our door for a couple weeks. PERC is in the process of clearing out many of our "tired" items to make room for all the new toys we want to get. We have substantially thinned our collections of videotapes, CD-ROMS (many of which no longer work with newer computers), and audio cassettes. We hope to focus on motor skills and sensory toys for younger children, as well as some new fun games for older kids.

Here's an example of some of things we've acquired just this week. All of these items are available to you, our PERC patrons, for free. Check out our online catalog and click on "What's New" to see everything.