Activities for Preschoolers

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Games and activities are more than just fun for a preschooler — they also help with physical development and early learning. Find creative activities for your preschooler in areas such as arts and crafts, cooking, music and dance, and basic academic skills.

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Homemade Piggy Banks

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Materials:

  • Egg cartons
  • small boxes
  • milk carton
  • cardboard tubes
  • kraft or construction paper
  • art supplies
  • tape
  • nontoxic glue

Directions:


Why does a piggy bank have to look like a pig? It doesn't. Here are some alternate banks you can make at home.

Mailbox Bank.


Have your kids start with an empty milk carton taped shut at the top, with a flap cut in the slanted portion. Glue half circles of cardboard at the tops of the sides, then add a third piece of cardboard curving partway over the circles to form the top. They can finish it by covering it with blue and red paper.

Frog Bank.


Supply your kids with a small box (such as a pound sugar box). Have them cover it with green construction paper. Lay the box flat. Your child can now cut out four legs from the construction paper and glue them onto the sides and front. Now, remove two compartments from an egg carton for your child to first paint green, then glue onto the top near one end of the box. Cut a slot in front of the eyes to receive coins. Your child can then use a marker to incorporate the slot into a big happy smile that says, "Feed me!"
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[h=1]Pipe-Cleaner Sculpture[/h]
Materials



  1. Pipe cleaners
  2. Twist ties

Directions


Help your child bend pipe cleaners into different shapes. Join some together and make more complex shapes. You can make people, animals, trucks, or anything you'd like. Join them together and hold them in the air, moving them back and forth. This is a fun family activity as you can make the sculpture as large as you'd like, with each person creating a mini-sculpture link at their own artistic ability.
 

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[h=1]What's Missing? Memory Game[/h] Test your preschool child's memory skills. Can she tell what's missing in this fun game?

Materials

  • Various household objects or small toys
Directions

  1. Test your preschooler's memory skills by placing a few toys or household objects in front her.
  2. Allow her to study them, then have her close her eyes while you remove one object.
  3. See if she can tell you which object is missing.


 

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[h=1]Rainbow Fan[/h] Materials

  • Paint sample cards
  • Hole punch
  • Paper fastener
  • Yarn or string
Directions

  1. Pick up some colorful paint sample cards from your local hardware store.
  2. Punch a hole in the center of the bottom and top of each card.
  3. At one end, join the cards with a paper fastener.
  4. At the other, lace yarn through the holes in each card to form the top of a fan.


 

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[h=1]Memory Game[/h] Sharpen your preschooler's memory skills by creating your own memory game.

Materials

  • Index cards
  • Pen or marker
Directions
Sharpen your preschooler's memory skills by making your own memory game.

  1. Create two identical sets of index cards with letters of the alphabet, colors, shapes, or numbers. Start out with only a few, as this can be tough.
  2. Place all the cards, facedown, on the table.
  3. Have your child turn over one card, then put it back, facedown, on the table, and try to find the corresponding matching card.
  4. You can determine the number of tries allowed, and can make a game out of this between two or more children.
  5. At first your child may only guess, but it won't take long for her to get the idea.
  6. Begin the game with only a few cards, and add more as your child gets better; don't overwhelm her with too many cards at once.


 

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[h=1]Animal Charades[/h] Materials

  • Variety of stuffed animals
  • Pillowcase
Directions

  1. Place several stuffed animals in a pillowcase.
  2. Close your eyes while your child takes one out and looks at it.
  3. Have her put it back in the case and act out the animal, while you try to guess what it is.

 

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[h=1]Fruit and Vegetable Printing[/h]Materials

  • Various fruit and vegetables
  • Paring knife
  • Print pad or stamp pad
  • Paper
Directions

  1. Cut fruits and vegetables into halves, quarters, circles, or any other shapes, dip into tempera paints or on a print or stamp pad, and then press onto plain or colored paper.
  2. Apples cut in half will have a star design in the middle (where the seeds are), while green peppers make a great shamrock design.
  3. Cut a potato in half and use a small paring knife to create a relief design: circles, squares, hearts, and so on.
  4. If you make letters, don't forget to carve them backwards so they will print correctly.
 

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[h=1]People, Places, and Things[/h] Materials

  • Maps
Directions

  1. Go around your house and find the origins of various objects.
  2. Look at the labels of the clothes you wear and think of where your food was grown.
  3. Why do bananas come from Central America? Why does the milk come from the local dairy? Maybe your climate is too cold for bananas, and the milk is too perishable to travel far.
  4. Talk about where your ancestors came from, and use a map to find the countries.
  5. Use a map to show your child where family and friends live now.

 

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[h=1]Cloud Watching[/h]Directions

  1. Climate is an important part of a region's geographic character.
  2. On a warm and lazy afternoon, lay down in the grass with your child and watch the clouds drift across the sky.
  3. Talk about how clouds are formed (water evaporates from the earth and condenses into small droplets) and what happens when clouds touch the earth (fog).
  4. Help her pick out shapes in the clouds and, afterward, have her draw what she saw.


 

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