Try these simple, fun activities to add a little spice to your days with your preschooler!
Talk, Talk, Talk!
Have your child enjoy this with a sibling, a friend, or relative. This activity will really get your child talking and searching for new words!
Place a variety of objects inside a cardboard box. You can use any safe, familiar household object -- some possibilites include a plastic cup, a paintbrush, bar of soap, rubber duck or other bath toy. Have your child reach into the box and select an item. With the sibling's/friend's/relative's eyes closed, ask your child to describe the object without naming it. See if the other person can identify the object from your child's description. Watch your child's descriptive words emerge!
(Oral language is enhanced with activities like this that get your child talking!)
What Made That Sound?
Listening is intensified with this “what do you hear?” activity. Have your child close his/her eyes. Now run some water in the sink. Ask your child to try and identify the sound. Now try clapping your hands, blowing on a whistle, beating on a toy drum, or making sounds with other objects around the house. Each time, see if your child can identify the sounds he/she hears. Later, take a listening walk outdoors. How many sounds can your child identify? Have fun with this activity as your child becomes a more attuned listener!
(Listing skills are developed with this “What Made That Sound?” activity)
Eggs by the Dozen!
Okay, we all have empty egg cartons around the house at one time or another. But stop! Don't throw them away! Egg cartons can be used for so many wonderful activities—here are just a few:
You'll need construction paper and watercolors for this art activity.
It's easy to make a raindrop stencils from a simple piece of construction paper (any color will do!). Cut out large raindrop shapes from the sheet of paper. Then place the sheet of paper on top of a white piece of construction paper. Ask your child to paint over the raindrop cutouts with the watercolors. When dry, life, and voila! Splishy, splashy raindrops! You can supply crayons that your child can use to add details to the painting for a “mixed media” experience! Enjoy this activity on a rainy day, or any day!
(Your child will be reinforcing fine motor skills and creative thinking)
A “Before Bedtime” Activity
This activity will give your preschooler lots of things to dream on! Draw and cut out a large egg from a piece of paper or cardboard. Sit down in a cozy space and talk with your child about he/she imagines might be inside the egg. What might fit? What would it do if it popped out? What places could you explore together? How would it get back in the egg?
To further support your child's imaginative thinking, here are some bedtime books to find at your local library and share after enjoying the activity:
The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires
Press Here, by Herve Tullet
The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin
(Imaginative thinking, listening skills, and language skills are reinforced with this bedtime experience)
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Organize Art Supplies!
Finding crayons, paintbrushes, play dough, glitter, and other art supplies all around the house. Here's a great way I've found to keep them all in one place! A painter's pail, found at your local hardware store or any large chain home improvement store, will help you collect everything. You can also roll up the art work your child has created and store it inside the pail until you've decided where to display it around the house!
Make a Park Pack!
Tired of the clutter and concern about getting everything together--snacks, toys, sports equipment, before going to the park. One solution is a simple "park pack". I stitched two pieces of burlap together (I don't have a machine so I stitched this by hand), stitched a pocket at the top to thread a piece of wide ribbon through (drawstring style), used stencils and fabric markers to print and draw on the front and voila! A park pack that your child will enjoy helping you pack and tote to the park on your next visit! Enjoy!