Dilly’s Tree House is the only professional preschool subscription program available to families and preschools and is grounded in scientific research on how young children learn. The school pre-K version of this product, The InvestiGator Club, is approved by state education departments and early childhood organizations nationwide, has won many high-level national awards, and has been proven to significantly increase learning in reading, math, and science. Thousands of preschoolers have learned with The InvestiGator Club.
The program was developed by creators of Disney’s educational programs, Mister Rogers, LeapFrog, Scholastic, and more. The senior advisory team includes the highest-level and most respected early childhood researchers and practitioners in the world today, including members of the National Reading Panel and former presidents of the International Reading Association and NAEYC. You can read more about our authors and advisors.
Dilly’s Tree House is specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 5 to help prepare them for kindergarten. Many products have a much larger age span, such as 3-8, but there are huge differences between a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old. A typical 3-year-old has a limited vocabulary, less developed social and physical skills, little or no school experience, and is pre-reading and pre-math. An 8-year-old has had several years of formal schooling, is reading complex chapter and text books, has basic understandings in science, math, social studies and more, and has broader social context and background. Does it make sense that the same materials and activity suggestions can simply be modified or adapted between a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old? It does not.
Kindergarten teachers overwhelmingly believe that social-emotional skills are more important than academic skills when children first enter school and are better precursors of long-term success. Early childhood experts and brain researchers agree that young children learn best through purposeful play and intellectual discovery.
The experts at Dilly’s Tree House know that the development of social-emotional and physical skills are critical to preparing children for school and a lifetime of success. We focus on the whole child, not just on academic skills. The materials and activities in each box emphasize child-adult interactions, physical activities, essential life skills, cognitive skills, and social-emotional development.
Dilly’s Tree House is specifically geared to help young children between the ages of 3 and 5 develop the confidence and skills they need to experience success in school. The activities are designed as models that can be carried over into everyday experiences. So for example, by following the Play and Learn Guide activities for reading a book with your child, you will have ideas about how to read and talk with your child about any book. Activities that use household items, such as sorting socks or setting the table, provide tips and tools to use during other everyday activities, such as grocery shopping or eating dinner.
The activities in Dilly’s Tree House are simple and quick for children and families to do together. There is virtually no preparation, no mess, and no waste. Materials are used over and over again and store in their own box.
We are on a mission to empower as many young children as possible, so we donate superhero packs to children in need. You can help by sharing Dilly’s Tree House with your friends. Learn how you can grow superheroes.
Read more at Why Dilly’s Tree House?
Both Dilly’s Tree House and The InvestiGator Club have won multiple national awards, including the prestigious REVERE Awards presented by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group to only the highest quality educational products.
Dilly’s Tree House supports young children by donating “Grow a Superhero” packs to empower children in need. It is our mission to help as many children as possible develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed in school.
Cordelia “Dilly” Gator is the founding member of the InvestiGator Club. As InvestiGators themselves, young children join Dilly and the other InvestiGators in their mission to learn more about the world and their place in it. Each character is associated with a specific social-emotional skill, such as kindness or sharing, and content areas, such as math, reading, or technology. Meet Dilly and friends here.
Dilly’s World is an imaginary place where Dilly and her friends, the InvestiGators, explore Gator County, including Triangle Beach, Circle Forest, and City Square. The characters have adventures, solve puzzles, and learn together. Explore Gator County.
Each box focuses on a character or theme and includes age-appropriate materials, such as stories, music, activities, and a special treasure. The content of each box varies, but you will always find engaging, developmentally appropriate activities that support early learning at home. Every box includes activities for reading and talking together, math, science, vocabulary, social studies, art, music, and physical activity. See a sample box.
No. Dilly’s Tree House focuses on the creative art process rather than pre-designed crafts. Creative arts are offered in every box.
Dilly’s Tree House is an inquiry-based program that invites children to be curious, ask questions, and investigate their world. Evidence shows that children learn more through play, intellectual discovery, and conversations with adults than by constructing pre-determined projects and crafts. The activities in each box include STEM, language and literacy, and social-emotional development.
No, these kinds of products are not considered developmentally appropriate or effective for young children and are not supported by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and other early childhood organizations.
Yes! We believe strongly in the power of play, both indoors and outdoors. Many of the activities encourage kids to get up and move and play.
The kits include all of the materials you will need other than basic art and writing supplies, such as paper, crayons, scissors, and some common household items.
There are 12 or more activities in each box, 3 activities a week for 4 weeks. The activities are open-ended and can take as little as 10-15 minutes each or as long as 30 minutes depending on your child’s development and the amount of time you have to dedicate to an activity. Most of the activities can be done over and over again or extended.
Dilly’s Tree House is a family program, designed for you and your child to read, play, and talk about together. Many of the activities and materials can be enjoyed by your child independently once you have introduced them; for example, the books, songs, and Tree House Treasure.
The box is a flat box with an attached lid, measuring 13.5 x 9.75 x 2.25 inches.
Character-focused content and topics are tied to science, social studies, art, health, music, social-emotional skills and more. All boxes include activities that develop literacy, math and other readiness skills.
Dilly’s Tree House boxes are delivered in a carefully designed learning sequence to introduce the characters and practice skills in a developmentally appropriate order. Every subscription starts with the first box, Starring Dilly Gator, and subsequent boxes are delivered in a specific order.
Dilly’s Tree House offers high-quality learning experiences for early learners—preschoolers up to kindergarten age (3–5 years).
Award-winning stories, music, and activities from the InvestiGator Club curriculum form the core of Dilly’s Tree House content. Our early childhood experts and authors select, write, and design the materials included in each Dilly’s Tree House box. All boxes are then reviewed and tested by our team of parents and kids before they are finalized. Read about our history and research.
No, you do not need a computer to use the materials in each box. The Website includes valuable additional resources for families and kids, but these are not necessary to completing the activities in the Dilly’s Tree House boxes.
The materials and activities in each box may be used with 2-3 children at a time, so it is not necessary to order additional boxes. However, we do offer a Sibling Pack, which includes the Tree House Treasure, so that every child receives a special surprise in every box. Sibling Packs may be added to your cart during the checkout process.
The activities in the Play and Learn Guide are flexibly designed so that you can adapt depending on your child’s needs. Options for supporting your child are provided, as are ways to make the activity more challenging. Additional resources for a variety of special needs will also be offered through our blog.
Your first box should arrive within 14 business days of placing your subscription order. Future boxes will arrive before the first day of every month.
Your credit card will be charged when you place your order. For pay monthly subscriptions, your credit card will be charged when the next box ships for a total of 7 boxes.
Shipping is free for all subscriptions in the 48 contiguous states. An additional shipping and handling charge of $4.95 will be added to all boxes shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and US Territories. We do not ship internationally.
You will receive a shipping confirmation with a tracking number and link when each box is shipped.
When you choose the Pay Monthly option, you can cancel your subscription after any box before the next box ships. If you want to order one box, simply choose the Pay Monthly option and cancel your subscription after receiving Box 1. Other boxes may not be purchased separately.
You can help a friend and a child in need at the same time. Share your referral code with as many friends as you like and they will each receive a 15% discount on any subscription. With each referral subscription we will donate a Superhero Pack to a child in need. Get your Grow a Superhero code here.
We accept all credit or debit card payments.
Sales tax will be automatically calculated for orders shipped to the following states: Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Wyoming.
The PAID MONTHLY option gives you a 30-day trial to make sure you are 100% satisfied with Box 1, Starring Dilly Gator, and that you want to continue to receive the next six boxes. Once you receive your first box, you will have the following three options:
1. If you are completely satisfied and want to continue receiving the next six boxes, you don’t need to do anything. Your credit card will be charged monthly for seven months, and you will receive one box per month. This will complete your order and no further charges will appear on your credit card.
2. If you want to keep your first box, but do not want to receive any further boxes, simply cancel your order in your account. You will not be billed for the remaining six boxes.
3. If you want to return your first box for a full refund and cancel future boxes, please call our customer service department at 733-935-8358 for return instructions.
We currently do not ship to other countries. We ship to all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Yes, we can ship to U.S. P.O. boxes.