If you’re the parent of a preschooler, odds are you’re looking for fun activities to engage your child in at home. Parents play a critical role in preschool learning, and there are many things you can do to reinforce the things your little one is learning at their daycare, child care center, or preschool. From our teachers and daycare staff at Child’s World Academy in Monroe, here are five preschool learning activities to try at home!
Finger painting is a classic preschool activity that has stood the test of time. Nowadays, there are lots of finger painting kits to choose from, including ones with red, blue, green, yellow, and other colors of the rainbow. If your child is crafty and loves making art, spread out a plastic finger painting mat on your kitchen table and help them mix colors to create new ones. Kids this age are fascinated with colors and making things with their hands, and finger painting is a great way to exercise motor skills in a creative way.
Another colorful activity for preschoolers is crayon melting! For this activity, you’ll need a bunch of crayons (broken ones are perfect for this) and a muffin tin. Help your child break crayons into each of the spaces, creating fun combinations of pink, blue, green, and all of their other favorite colors. Then, put the muffin tin in the oven and bake it at 150 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Your preschooler will love their new multicolored crayon blocks!
It’s no secret that young children love Play-Doh — after all, what kid doesn’t like smashing things with their hands and playing with fun colors? Take your Play-Doh collection to the next level by mixing in some googly eyes, feathers, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and other craft items to create goofy animal characters! At this age, your child is still refining their motor skills, and creating something meaningful out of Play-Doh is a great way to get them away from screens and into crafts.
Build A Terrarium
Exploring the outdoors is an important part of childhood, and it’s becoming more and more important for kids to connect with nature given the temptations of TV screens, tablets, and smartphones. A great preschool learning activity to try at home is building a terrarium in the backyard with your little one. Get a clear jar or a small bowl, then venture outside to find sticks, leaves, rocks, and flowers to add to your DIY terrarium. Want to go the extra mile? Make a trip to the nursery and pick out some small plants to make a mini garden with your kiddo.
Letter And Number Cookies
By the time they enter kindergarten, your child should know their letters and numbers, as well as the sounds they make. If you are looking for fun letter and number activities for preschoolers, ditch the letter tracing books and get out a baking sheet instead! Ask your little one if they want to make sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies, then form the dough into letters and numbers on the baking sheet. Spell out words, like their name or their pet’s name, then bake the cookies and enjoy!
Sign Your Preschooler Up At Our Daycare Center In Monroe
We hope that this blog post has given you some fun preschool activities to try at home, and that you’ll let us know how they go in the comments section. If you’re looking for the best preschool or daycare in Monroe, consider signing your little one up at Child’s World Academy. Check out our curriculum here, and enroll online!