Did you know that when preschoolers play, they learn? It's true! Use these activities to encourage your preschooler to play.
We're learning Language and Literacy Skills
Help your preschooler practice writing their name on paper. Show them how to start with a big letter (capital letter) and use lower case (small letters) for the rest. Provide a variety of paper sizes and textures. Write with chalk on dark paper. Use your driveway or sidewalk. Encourage your preschooler to choose their own writing instrument (crayon, chalk, pencil, pen or marker). Put some sand on a cookie sheet and write letters using fingers, a stick, or a paintbrush.
Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin.
by Miriam Latimer.
We're learning Social Studies Thinking
Talk about things your preschooler likes to do now. Then ask what they might like to do in the future, like next week, next year, when they grow up. Look through magazines with your preschooler and have them identify pictures of things they would like to do. Then help them to cut out those pictures and paste the pictures onto pages labeled
now, next week, next year
Maisy Goes to Preschool
by Lucy Cousins.
Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car
by John Burningham.
We're learning Science Thinking and Technology
Make ramps by propping cardboard on objects of different heights. Roll balls and small cars down the ramps. Talk about which one goes faster and which one goes slower. Use your own or a town park sliding board for this as well. Take various sized balls and vehicles to roll and push.
Oscar and the Cricket
by Geoff Waring.
And Everyone Shouted, "Pull!"
by Claire Llewellyn.
We're learning Mathematical Thinking and Expression
Introduce your preschooler to a variety of measurement tools, such as a timer, a ruler, measuring cups, and thermometer. Talk about what each one measures or is used for. Help them practice using the the tools. Try indoor and outdoor, using sand, water, dirt, and measuring while working with real tools for projects.
Lengthy. The Long Long Dog
by Syd Hoff.
Big Dog...Little Dog
by P. D. Eastman.