Interactive Books for Preschoolers

Have you ever wished there was a way to get kids to pay attention while you read a story in your preschool or kindergarten classroom?

This collection of favorite titles is sure to capture and hold the attention of any young child by inviting them to participate in some way.

Your kids will be actively engaged and participating in the read-aloud process as they press dots, shake pages and have fun as they learn!

Interactive Books for Preschoolers

Interactive Books for Preschoolers

This collection of interactive books is an asset to any preschooler’s home or classroom library.

Press Here by Herve Tullet – Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size!

Mix it Up by Herve Tullet – Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination.

Windblown by Edouard Manceau – Where did all these pieces of paper come from? Who do they belong to? The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail and the frog…

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson – It begins with a bare brown tree. But tap that tree, turn the page, and one bright green leaf has sprouted! Tap again—one, two, three, four—and four more leaves have grown on the next page. Pat, clap, wiggle, jiggle, and see blossoms bloom, apples grow, and the leaves swirl away with the autumn breeze.

Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter – There’s only one rule in Larry’s book: don’t push the button. (Seriously, don’t even think about it!) Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen? Okay, quick. No one is looking… push the button. Uh, oh.

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas – What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it!

Gallop! by Rufus Butler Seder – Each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It’s impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda – This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite kids to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! The kind, surprise ending is also a delightful addition to an engaging story.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen – Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this classic tale of a brave family’s joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to engage your preschooler.

More Preschool Book Lists:
Best Winter Books for Preschoolers
Bear and Hibernation Books for Preschoolers
Valentine Books for Preschoolers

Classroom Recipes: Banana Snowman

Do you love making classroom recipes with your students? It really is a great way to encourage hands-on-learning!

Winter is the perfect time for learning about snow and snowmen. We love unit studies!!

Let me show you how easy it is to make this banana snowman using limited ingredients and supplies! Perfect for the classroom and healthy too!

banana snowman classroom recipe


  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced (3 banana slices for each snowman)
  • 5 mini chocolate chips
  • 1 pretzel stick
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 1 strawberry, sliced into quarters

Other Supplies:

  • butter knife

First, gather up your supplies.

Obviously, you can make several snowmen out of one banana. The carrot and strawberry can also be used to make many snowmen.

banana snowman recipe

This is perfect for letting the kids assemble.

Take three banana slices and line them up as illustrated below.

Use two mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

Use the other three for the buttons on the snowman.

Slice a sliver of the carrot off and poke it into the top banana slice under the eyes to serve as the nose.

Break the pretzel stick in half and these will serve as the arms. Poke them into the middle banana slice.

Place one of the strawberry quarter slices above the top banana slice to serve as the hat.

how to make a banana snowman


Kids will love assembling and eating these adorable snowmen.

This is also a very good classroom recipe that encourages following directions if you decide to have the class assemble their own snack as you share the instructions aloud.


More Snow Activities:

These will go perfectly with your snow unit study!

Printable Valentine Beginning Sounds Game

Are you always on the lookout for hands-on activities to make learning fun in your preschool or kindergarten classroom?

Here’s a fun Valentine’s Day game to help your kids learn letter sounds!

They will have a blast matching alphabet candy hearts to the pictures with the corresponding letter sound.

Printable Alphabet Conversation Heart Beginning Sounds Printable Game

Valentine Beginning Sounds Game

The sounds that occur in the beginning of words are those young children often learn to recognize first.

Learning how to isolate a sound, or phoneme, is an important part of the emergent literacy process.

When children can hear, isolate, and identify letter sounds they will be well prepared to start on the path towards reading success.

Supplies Needed

To prepare the Valentine Beginning Sounds game you will need the following supplies:

Valentine Alphabet Conversation Heart Beginning Letter Sounds Printable Game

How to Prepare the Valentine Beginning Sounds Game

First, get your alphabet candy hearts- I found mine at Target. If you can’t find the alphabet candy hearts or aren’t allowed to use candy, letter tiles or paper hearts with letters written on top will work just fine.

Next, print the Valentine beginning sounds mats on cardstock and laminate for durability.

Then, give one game mat to each child in your small group and place a container of Valentine hearts in the middle of the table.

How to Play the Valentine Beginning Sounds Game

First, review the pictures on the game mats with your small group to support vocabulary development.

Next, model how to select a Valentine candy heart and match it to the correct picture on the game mat. You may need to model this process several times to ensure success.

Then, invite the children to practice playing the game independently while you observe.

Click here to download the Valentine Beginning Sound Game.

More Valentine’s Day Resources:
Best Valentine’s Books for Kids
Printable Valentine Treat Bag Toppers
Magnetic Valentine Sight Word Activity
Valentine Syllable Activity
Valentine Beginning Sounds Activity
Valentine Fine Motor Activities
Valentine Heart Chocolate Playdough

Valentine's Day Pinterest Board
Follow my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

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