Try these simple, fun activities to add a little spice to your days with your preschooler!
Add a Little Sparkle!
Made eggs, an omelette, a fritatta recently? Save those egg shells!
Here's what you can do:
Provide the egg shells, white construction paper, a glue stick, and small bowls of food coloring.
Have your child dip the egg shells into the food coloring, and, when dry, crumble the shells into tiny pieces. Then ask your child to use the glue stick to coat a piece of the construction paper. Have him/her sprinkle the crumbled pieces of egg shells onto the paper to make interesting egg shell designs. Later, your child may want to enhance the design with markers, crayons, or glitter!
(You'll be supporting your child fine motor and creative thinking skills)
Puzzles don't need to be store bought—try making them at home.
Draw and cut out simple shapes, including a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle from thin pieces of cardboard. Then help your child to trace these shapes onto additional pieces of cardboard.
When finished, see if your child can match each loose shape to the traced shapes on the cardboard.
Later, bring the shapes along on a walk. See if your child can find objects in the environment that are the same shape as the shapes you brought along.
(You'll be helping your child with shape recognition and visual discrimination, two important reading readiness skills!)
Make Clean Up Time Fun!
The next time you'd like to engage your child in putting away his/her belongings, add some fun to the chore! Give your child some added experience in sorting and classifying by putting away toys with wheels, toys that make noise, toys that are square-shaped, clothing that is red/blue/green, etc.
Remember that adding a little background music, introducing a lively song, and taking quick “before and after” photos will make the activity much more fun for both of you!
(You'll be helping your child sort and classify objects)
Personalize Dinner Time!
Home-made placemats and napkin rings will have your child take a seat at the table with pride!
Provide sheets of construction paper, strips of construction paper (cut to approximately 3” wide by 7” long) tape, and crayons/markers. Have your child use the crayons/markets to create pictures or designs on the construction paper, which will be used as placemats. You can work with your child to personalize each placemat for each member of the family, printing their names on the mats.
Then have your child draw designs on the strips of construction paper. When finished, help him/her roll the strips into cylinder shapes and secure with tape to create the napkin rings.
For a special touch, your child may want to dictate a special message to each family member, which you can print on the mats. A special dinner night for the whole family!
(You'll be supporting your child's creativity, fine motor and letter recognition skills)
Who says a truck can't look any way we want it too?!
I made this truck by attaching a sturdy box to a piece of wood. I drilled holes into the wood platform to add wheels, glued interesting images onto the body of my "truck", and added a couple of toy animals to the top. Voila! A new kind of truck just waiting for exciting stories to accompany it! Use your imagination and have fun creating new versions of familiar objects!