It’s been a long, cold winter, and it’s understandable if you and your preschooler are both starting to go a little bit stir-crazy from being cooped up inside. To inject some excitement into your normal routine, try introducing these fun, new activities that the two of you can do together at home.
This activity helps to develop your preschooler’s alphabet skills, number skills, and fine motor skills.
1. Magnetic letters and numbers (Those colorful plastic pieces that are probably hanging on your refrigerator right now).
2. A bucket or large bowl
3. A large paperclip
4. A Popsicle stick
5. A piece of string
6. A magnetic whiteboard and dry-erase marker (optional)
Fill your bucket or bowl with the magnetic letter and numbers. Using a length of string, tie one end to your paperclip and the other end to your Popsicle stick. This will become the fishing rod your child will use to drop into the bucket and catch a letter or number. For every item caught, have your child stick it to a magnetic whiteboard and then have them copy the figure with a dry-erase marker. If you don’t have a whiteboard, have them stick the items to your refrigerator and copy them with a pencil and paper.
Countdown to chow-down
This activity will help with counting skills and number recognition.
1. Empty egg carton
2. Sheet of paper
4. A pen or marker
5. Small food items
Cut out 12 small paper circles that would fit inside the bottom of an empty egg carton. Number the slips of paper, 1 through 12, and place each in order into the hollows of the carton. Pick out small food items that your preschooler loves to snack on, such as popcorn, chocolate chips, cheerios, dried cranberries or raisins. Have your child count out piles of the snack that represent each number, 1 through 12, on the table. Then have them place each pile into the corresponding numbered section in the egg carton. Once they have filled all of the sections, start again but in reverse. First have your preschooler identify each written number, then have them count their items out to match each number. Finally, eat and enjoy!
Mess-free marbled painting
This activity helps bring out your child’s artistic side, in a completely mess-free way!
1. 1 Large zip-top freezer bags
2. Painter’s tape
4. Tempera paint, in two primary colors.
Squeeze two dollops of paint, in two different primary colors, into a heavy-duty zip-top freezer bag. Squeeze all of the air out of bags, removing any air bubbles, before sealing the top. Place a sheet of white paper on your table, then place the paint-filled bag on top of that. Tape the whole thing to your table using painter’s tape around all four edges. Then let your preschooler play, squishing and swirling the paint to see what new colors are made when the paints are mixed together. They can then continue to experiment with the blended paint by dragging their fingers across the bag to draw different shapes and designs.
All it takes is a little imagination to create some at-home activities to beat the winter boredom blues. By completing these activities, your preschooler will learn important skills while having fun at the same time.
Aubrey Moulton is a writer for discoverytreeacademy.com, a leading provider in safe, secure and fun Preschool for children in Utah county!