Welcome to Week 5 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 5 ACTIVITIES:
Literacy: Have your little one pretend to talk like a whale. Ask them to stretch out the sounds in a CVC word (consonant-vowel-consonant), such as /s/ /a/ /t/ in their best whale voice. Then have them say the sounds fast together like a dolphin to say the whole word “sat.”
Math: Choose one color and write it down on a piece of paper. Have your little one find all of the objects in the room that are that color. Ask them to make a tally mark for each object. Repeat with many different colors, and see which one wins.
Fine Motor: Paint a picture with kitchen utensils. Your little ones can use forks, potato mashers, whisks, or spatulas. See what masterpiece they can create!
Gross Motor: Assign numbers 1-6 a different exercise. For example, 1=lunges, 2=squats, 3=toe touches, etc. Have your little one roll a die & then do the corresponding exercise for 10 seconds. This is a great way to incorporate math & gross motor skills!
Literacy: Play Post-It Memory. First, make a board with 16 boxes (4 rows & 4 column) on a large piece of paper or white board. Choose 8 letters, and write each letter twice on the board. Cover all the letters with post-its. Then play Memory! Your little one will pick up the post-it to reveal the letter underneath, and their job is to match the same letters together. You could have them match uppercase to uppercase or uppercase to lowercase.
Math: Draw ten different blank ten frames on paper. Call out a number, and have your little one fill in the ten frame using do-a-dot markers or crayons. You can focus on numbers 0-10 or go all the way up to 20 if they’re ready for the challenge–in that case, they’d need two ten frames put together.
Fine Motor: Have your little one cut up straws into small pieces (we like to use the colorful thick smoothie straws from the grocery store). Then have them put those pieces on a string or pipe cleaner to make a necklace or bracelet.
Gross Motor: Try one of the videos from Go Noodle on You Tube. These are always a blast!
Literacy: To prep this activity, write or type out a familiar story. Cut the story up into different strips. Hide the strips around the room & have your little one find them. Then read the strips together and have your little one put the story back in order. This is a great way to work on sequencing events.
Math: For this activity, you’ll need a muffin tin and a set of numbers. You can use magnetic refrigerator numbers if you have them, or you can write numbers on paper and cut them out. Put one number at the bottom of each space in the muffin tin. Then have your little one put the correct amount of a small snack (such as goldfish or blueberries) inside each space to correspond to the number.
Fine Motor: Write your child’s name in white crayon on a white sheet of paper. Have them paint over it with watercolor to reveal their name. You can also write them a secret message this way!
Gross Motor: Play “Musical Writing,” which is a variation of “Musical Chairs.” Play music while your little one dances around the table. When the music stops, have them sit down in their chair and write letters or numbers on their paper. Then play the music again and start over!
Literacy: Have your little one think of their favorite snack. Then help them to draw/write the steps for making that snack. Make sure to emphasize the importance of listing the steps in order. Once you’re done, make the snack together by following the steps in order.
Math: Write out a variety of numbers on yellow pieces of paper. Crumple them up, then have your little one throw them into the air like popping popcorn! Once the popcorn is done, have them open the numbers and put them in the correct order.
Fine Motor: Using pictures from magazines, newspapers, or printed out from a computer, have your little one cut them & sort them in different ways. Some examples include: like vs. don’t like; inside vs. outside; human vs. animal; living vs. nonliving; etc.
Gross Motor: Head outside for some racing! Race to different objects you see outside. For example, race to the yellow flower, the mailbox, the stop sign, or the tree. Time them each time they run, and talk about why their times are faster or slower depending on the object they race to.
Literacy: Practice rhyming words with the Rhyming Flower Word Families activity from our FREE Activity Library.
Math: Using a handful of change, have your little one sort the coins. Talk about the name and value of each coin. Then see if they can add up small amounts of change, such as one penny and one nickel. They can also watch this Jack Hartmann video to learn more about money.
Fine Motor: Follow the directions on this post to make a paper chain as a countdown for something exciting! You could also make a paper chain with different ideas for random acts of kindness. Choose one paper per day & do that kind act for someone!
Gross Motor: Have your little one write each letter of their name on a paper plate. Spread out the plates, and have them hop their name. Spread the plates farther and farther apart to challenge them to hop as far as they can!
PRESCHOOL AT-HOME ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK 5
And that’s a wrap on our At-Home Activities for Week 5. I hope these ideas help keep your preschooler learning at home with you!
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