Welcome to Week 7 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.
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WEEK 7 ACTIVITIES:
Literacy: Help your little one make a fort out of pillows, blankets, couch cushions, and whatever else you can think of! Then have them read books under their fort. Have them use a flashlight for extra fun!
Math: Go on a Math Scavenger Hunt. Help your little one label a paper with numbers 1-10. Go outside and look for groups of objects that are together (Example: 1 car, 2 trees, 3 flowers, etc). Have your little one draw or write them on their paper.
Fine Motor: Help your little one make a Lion’s Mask following the directions on this post. Allow them to do most of the cutting and gluing to work on their fine motor skills!
Gross Motor: Help your little one make a hopscotch board outside with sidewalk chalk. You can fill the board with numbers, shapes, letters, sight words, or colors. Then play hopscotch. This is such a fun way to get up & move while also practicing core academic skills.
Literacy: Write out letters on round pieces of tan or brown papers, and pretend they are pancakes. Have your little one flip over the pancakes with a spatula and say each letter’s name & sound. If they’re ready, challenge them to make a word out of their pancakes, such as “top” or “bag.”
Math: This is one of our favorites for working on comparing numbers. You need two players (or more) for this game. Each player lays out 10 blocks or Magnatiles in a row & chooses a game piece (like a small lego or toy car). Place the game pieces on block 1. Have all of the players roll their own die at the same time. Whoever has the biggest number gets to move their game piece 1 space. Then repeat. Whoever gets to the 10th block first is the winner!
Fine Motor: Fill a large container with water. Have your little one gather a variety of different objects. Then have them place each one inside the container to see if it sinks or floats. Talk about what happened and why. Great way to work on scientific thinking!
Gross Motor: Tape a piece of painter’s tape vertically to the wall (at your little one’s height). Write numbers 10-0 down the tape (with 10 being at your little one’s head and 0 being at the ground). Have your little one crouch down as they say each number, then blast off like a rocket! You could also do this with skip counting by 2s, 5s, or 10s.
Literacy: Have your little one go outside make letters out of rocks, sticks, and leaves. See if they can spell their name or simple CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant), such as cat, dog, and man.
Math: Play Number Bingo with your little one. You’ll each need a game board with 16 boxes (4 columns x 4 rows). Write numbers 1-16 in random order in the boxes, then use M&Ms or Skittles as the game pieces. Call out numbers, and have your little one cover up the spaces. Eat the candy when you get BINGO!
Fine Motor: Have your little one draw a self-portrait using a mirror. Have them focus on their unique features and see if they can add in those details to their drawing.
Gross Motor: Practice rhymes with Jack Hartmann’s Exercise, Rhyme, & Freeze video on You Tube. This one is always a hit with preschoolers!
Literacy: Have your little one create a picture out of stickers. Then have them tell you a story about it. They can also label the picture and/or write sentences about it if they’re ready for this step.
Math: Using Post-It Notes, write numbers 1-10 on a set, and write the corresponding number of dots on another set. Have your little one match the numbers to the dots. If they’re ready, work on numbers 16-20 as well.
Fine Motor: Wrap a variety of objects (magnetic letters, numbers, small toys, etc) in tin foil. Have your little one unwrap them and play! (You can also use wrapping paper or newspaper if you don’t have tin foil).
Gross Motor: Divide a paper plate into 5 sections. Write one activity per section, such as jumping jacks, lunges, hopping on one foot, etc. Use a paperclip & pencil as a spinner, and spin to see which exercise to do. You can have your little one do each exercise for 5-10 seconds, or have them roll a die to determine how many seconds they’ll do the exercise for (Ex: if they roll a 6, they’d do the exercise for 6 seconds).
Literacy: Create simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words using a muffin tin (3×4). Have your little one put magnetic letters into the tin to create words (such as cat, tip, dog, etc). In one muffin tin with 12 spaces, they will be able to create 4 CVC words.
Math: Using their snack, have your little one make patterns. For example, they might create a row that alternates between goldfish & blueberries to make an AB pattern, or they might use raspberries, cheese cubes, and pretzels to make an ABC pattern. The possibilities are endless!
Fine Motor: Freeze a variety of objects in one big bowl of water, then write the name of each object on a piece of paper. Have your little one work to free the objects using any tools they can (toy hammer, squirt bottle of water, etc). Have them mark each object off their paper once they free it.
Gross Motor: Write letters or numbers on green circles and pretend they are lily pads. Have your little one act like a frog & frog jump from one to another. Have them say each letter or number they land on.
PRESCHOOL AT-HOME ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK 7
And that’s a wrap on our At-Home Activities for Week 7. I hope these ideas help keep your preschooler learning at home with you!
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