Recently, I "discovered" something super fun at the library. St Albans Free Library carries Theme Bags! What's a theme bag? Well, the library has very kindly thrown a bunch of resources of various types and one topic into a bag and you just take the whole thing home. We get to keep it for up to three weeks, but I will probably swap them out more often.
We picked up animals last time. Yesterday, I grabbed transportation. The Transportation Theme Bag contains a floor puzzle, a dozen toy vehicles, books, a video about how cars are made, and a fireman puppet.
You'll find fun subjects like arts & crafts, music, building, and dinosaurs. Then there are the helpful topics like potty training, health & safety, and parenting bags (toddler and preschool to age 8). Coping bags cover such subjects as adoption and divorce. There are even bags for grown ups with chick lit, mysteries, history and crime.
I found this website where a teacher has posted the theme bags (she calls them take home bags) for her class. If you are interested in seeing bags similar to the ones in the library and creating some for your children/students, take a look.