Welcome to Week 6 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 6 ACTIVITIES:
Literacy: Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (or watch it here on You Tube). Then have your little one complete the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity from our FREE Activity Library. This activity helps little ones work on the letters in their name. Check out this post for more Chicka Chicka Boom Boom fun!
Math: Make a list of objects in your home (such as refrigerator, beds, couches, etc). Write these objects down on paper, and have your little one count how many of each object they find. They can make tally marks for each or just write the total number.
Fine Motor: Help your little one make puppets using brown paper lunch bags & any craft supplies you have (markers, googly eyes, yarn, etc). Then have them put on a puppet show for your family!
Gross Motor: Have your little one choose one of the 0-20 Number Cards from our FREE Activity Library (or make your own number cards). Then have them hop that many times. Have them choose another card and do a different move. Some moves you can try are galloping, crab walking, skipping, tip toeing, walking backwards, etc.
Literacy: On a piece of paper, draw 4 columns & label the columns 1, 2, 3, 4. Take your paper outside and go on a Syllable Hunt. Have your little one find objects that have 1, 2, 3, & 4 syllables in their names, and write or draw those objects in the correct columns. For example, if you found a bird, your little one could write or draw “bird” in the 1 column since it has one syllable.
Math: Tape the 0-20 Number Cards from our FREE Activity Library onto the wall (or create your own cards). Call out a number, and have your little one shine a flashlight onto the number that you call out. You could also call out simple addition or subtraction problems and have your little one shine a light on the answer to the problem.
Fine Motor: Have your little one lay out Skittles in a large circle on a white plate. Pour warm water into the center of the circle. Then watch the magic as the Skittles dissolve and create a rainbow! You can also do this activity with M&Ms, although they dissolve a little more slowly than Skittles.
Gross Motor: Write pairs of words on index cards, then spread the cards out on the floor. Make some of the words rhyme (such as cat, sat) and some of the words not rhyme (such as man, car). Have your little one run to a card and read the two words. If the words rhyme, have them do two jumping jacks while saying the words. If they don’t rhyme, have them run to the next card to read the pair of words.
Literacy: Practice your little one’s full name, address, and phone number with an Editable Emergency Form from our FREE Activity Library. Use this printable to help your little one practice this important information so they’ll prepared in case of an emergency.
Math: Have your little one make 2D & 3D shapes out of marshmallows and toothpicks. Challenge them to see how many shapes they can create.
Fine Motor: Have you ever made slime before? It’s so much fun! Make a batch of slime following this recipe and then have fun playing with it.
Gross Motor: Go on a Bear Hunt with Dr. Jean using this You Tube video. Dr. Jean is the best!
Literacy: Make hidden messages using stickers or pictures. Here’s how this works: Lay out pictures of different objects, such as a sun, apple, & turtle. Have your little one find the hidden word by using the beginning sounds of each picture. In this example, the hidden word would be sat. *If you play this game, be careful to choose pictures with the correct sounds for the hidden word. (For example, if the hidden word is “on,” you couldn’t use a picture of an owl for “o” since owl starts with the /ow/ sound, not the /o/ sound.)
Math: Make Post-It Note Dominoes using dots for numbers 1-10 (or 1-20 if your little one is ready for a challenge!) To do this, draw a horizontal line in the middle of each post-it. Put a different number of dots above the line than below the line. Play a game of dominoes on the wall by matching the correct number of dots to each other.
Fine Motor: On a large sheet of paper, have your little one draw circles & hearts. Then you’ll write a color word underneath each one. Have them read the word & color the circle or heart the correct color.
Gross Motor: Pretend that the floor is lava! Have your little one figure out a way to get from one room to the next without touching the lava. They will have so much fun with this!
Literacy: For this activity, you need pictures from magazines, newspapers, or printed out from a computer. Have your little one sort the pictures into two groups: real pictures vs. illustrated pictures. For extra fine motor practice, have them cut out the pictures themselves.
Math: Draw clouds on a piece of paper. Write a different number on each cloud. Then have your little one draw that number of raindrops coming down from the cloud. They could also draw that number of lightening bolts in the sky.
Fine Motor: Have your little one build a block tower & then use a hair dryer to knock it down. Experiment with using low & high settings on the hair dryer, and have them figure out the best way to build their tower so it stays standing.
Gross Motor: Play a few rounds of Hot Potato. To play this game, pass a potato back and forth while music plays. Once the music stops, the person who is holding the potato has to name two rhyming words. Then the music plays again and the game continues!
PRESCHOOL AT-HOME ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK 6
And that’s a wrap on our At-Home Activities for Week 6. I hope these ideas help keep your preschooler learning at home with you!
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