Welcome to Week 8 of our At-Home Activities blog series. Keep reading to check out 20 at-home activities you can use this week with your preschooler. If you’d prefer to have these activities in a printable PDF format, you can download them from our shop HERE.
There are 8 weeks worth of free at-home activities in this blog series. Click each week to check them out!
WEEK 8 ACTIVITIES:
Literacy: Write letters A through Z on a piece of paper (or choose less letters, it’s up to you). Go outside and have your little one find things that begin with each letter sound. Have your little one put a checkmark next to each letter once they’ve found it. They could also write the word/draw the picture next to each letter. This activity can be easily modified for your learner’s level. *Note: There are no words in English that begin with the sound represented by letter X, which is /ks/. You can choose to find something that ends with /ks/, such as a “box” or “rocks” or skip this letter altogether.
Math: Give your little one simple story problems, such as, “Pretend you have 3 cookies, and I give you 2 more. How many cookies do you have now?” Make these as silly or as funny as you can! See if your little one can solve them mentally, or give them manipualtives (such as pom poms or beans) to find the answer.
Fine Motor: Help your little one make homemade binoculars using the directions found on this post. Then go on an adventure together!
Gross Motor: Write letters on paper flowers & tape them around the room. Have your little one act like a bee & “buzz” to each flower, saying each letter sound they land on. They can also name a word that begins with each letter. Bonus points if you have wings they can wear while pretending to be a bee!
Literacy: Put the ABC Letter Cards from our Free Activity Library on a baking tray. Shake the tray around, then toss all of the letter cards up in the air! Have your little one bring them to you and say each letter’s name, sound, and a word that begins with that letter.
Math: Create “greater than,” “less than,” and “equal to” signs on post-it notes. Lay out two numbers from the 0-20 Number Cards set from our Free Activity Library. Have your little one put the correct sign between them. Ask them to explain how they got their answer.
Fine Motor: Make mud play dough using this recipe. Then have your little one make letters & numbers out of rocks in their play dough. They can also hide bugs or insects (toys) inside the play dough and search for them.
Gross Motor: Make a homemade Twister board by laying out a large sheet of paper and adding colorful circles on it. Then call out for your little one to put their hand or foot on a certain color, just like Twister. You can also write letters or numbers on the circles. Call out the letter, letter sound, or number, and have your little one to put their hand or foot on it.
Literacy: Have your little one close their eyes and draw a squiggle on their paper. Then ask them to turn that squiggle into a picture! Have them write some sentences about that picture or tell you a story about it.
Math: Lay out the 0-20 Number Cards from our Free Activity Library on the ground. Have your little one skip count by 5s by jumping to 5, 10, 15, and 20. Talk about why skip counting is helpful. If they’re ready, try skip counting by other numbers as well.
Fine Motor: Draw a variety of squiggly lines on a piece of paper. Have your little one trace the lines you drew with a highlighter.
Gross Motor: Using hard-boiled eggs or plastic eggs, have an egg race. Have them place their egg on a spoon and try to run from one side of the room to the other. Then you try it and see who has the faster time.
Literacy: Practice beginning sounds with these Camping Clip Cards from our Free Activity Library. Your little one will use a clothespin to clip the correct beginning sound for each card.
Math: Have your little one help you bake something in the kitchen. Talk about measurement, following the recipe in order, amounts (such as 12 muffins or 24 cookies), etc. Baking together is a wonderful way to incorporate math! *Tip: If you’re looking for great recipes, check out Ashley Munro’s website. She’s a registered dietitian and certified Intuitive Eating counselor. Plus she has a little one of her own & posts amazing recipes that kids will love!
Fine Motor: Cut an apple in half. Have your little one dip the apple in paint to make apple prints.
Gross Motor: Have your little one balance a small toy or beanbag on different body parts that you call out (their arm, nose, head, etc). Then you try it and have them call out body parts for you.
Literacy: Choose one letter or word to hunt for in a favorite book. Write that letter or word on a piece of paper, and have your little one make a tally mark each time they find it in their book. Count the tally marks at the end.
Math: Play a board game, such as Candyland or Chutes and Ladders. Work on number recognition, 1-to-1 correspondence, & taking turns. Board games are amazing for math skills as well as taking turns, sharing, and learning to lose gracefully.
Fine Motor: Have your little one cut out letters from a cereal box, cracker box, or newspaper. Then have them use the letters to spell their name or simple words. They can glue the letters onto a piece of paper and turn it into art!
Gross Motor: Make a square out of painter’s tape outside on the ground. Have your little one use a broom and sweep all the leaves, rocks, or dirt into that square. This also works inside if you want them to work on sweeping up their crumbs after they eat.
PRESCHOOL AT-HOME ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK 8
And that’s a wrap on our At-Home Activities for Week 8. I hope these ideas help keep your preschooler learning at home with you!
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