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
Find an object around the house and ask your preschooler to think of words that rhyme or sound the same. Nonsense words are okay, too. If your preschooler is not able to come up with a rhyme on their own, give them options. "Does cat rhyme with chair? Does cat rhyme with hat?" Your preschooler may be able to let you know they understand the rhyme by their facial expressions and vocalizations.
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss.
We're learning through Play
Play the Opposite Game. Say a word and see if your preschooler can say the opposite. You say, "Walk," and your preschooler says, "Run." You say, "Happy," and your preschooler says, "Sad." Create your own song to a simple tune like, "Mary had a little lamb" using opposite words. Act out the motions and facial expressions whenever possible.
Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone. Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown.
We're learning Science Thinking and Technology
While outside, throw different kinds of balls into the air. Talk about which one goes higher, faster, and further.
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins. Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen.
We're learning Mathematical Thinking and Expression
Create sound patterns using your hands or mouth. Ask your preschooler to repeat them. (Clap, clap, tap. Or finger snap, tongue click, finger snap.) Physically pat or tap your preschooler's arm or hand as you do this. You can also assist them in clapping or patting.
The Best Bug Parade by Stuart J. Murphy. The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood.