Welcome to Week 2 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 2 ACTIVITIES:
Literacy: Write your little one’s name very large on a half sheet of paper. You could even write in bubble letters if you can. Have them glue small pieces of torn paper or tissue paper onto their name.
Math: Using half sheets of paper, write one number per half sheet. You want the numbers to be very large. Have your little one use stickers or do-a-dot markers to make the shape of the number.
Fine Motor: Write letters and numbers outside using sidewalk chalk. Then have your little one use a spray bottle with water to wash away the chalk. Squeezing the bottle is great for fine motor development!
Gross Motor: Lay out the ABC Letter Cards from our FREE Activity Library on the ground. Have your little one jump from letter to letter, saying the name and sound of each letter they land on. If they’re ready, they can spell words by jumping from letter to letter, such as jumping “d-o-g” for dog or “m-o-m” for mom. They could also jump to spell their name.
Literacy: Make a two-column chart on a large piece of paper. Write “Rhymes with Cat” on one side and “Doesn’t Rhyme with Cat” on the other. Write a variety of simple words on post-its, and have your little one put the words on the correct side of the chart. Then have them brainstorm more words that rhyme with cat. (You can also repeat this activity with other simple words besides “cat,” such as “dad,” “hen,” or “pig.”)
Fine Motor: Fill a Ziploc bag with hair gel or shaving cream. Tape the top of the bag shut, and then tape the bag to the table (tape all four side down). Have your little one form their letters and numbers on the bag using their finger.
Gross Motor: This variation of Simon Says is called Teddy Bear Says and practices positional words. Have your little one hold their teddy bear (or another stuffed animal they love). You’ll say: “Teddy Bear says put him _______” and then your little one will follow the direction. For example, you might say, “Teddy Bear says put him above your head.” or “Teddy Bear says put him next to the lamp.”
Literacy: Did you know that using a dry-erase marker on tin foil basically creates a white board? It’s so fun (and different!) Have your little one use a dry-erase marker to write on some foil. They can write their name and letters on the foil.
Math: Have your little one create colorful patterns out of pom poms, colored paper, stickers, Legos, or markers. Encourage them to create a variety of patterns (AB, ABC, AAB, ABB, etc).
Fine Motor: Write letters or your little one’s name large on a piece of paper. Have them paint over the letters with Q-tips and paint. It’s a fun variation of a favorite activity! They can also paint other pictures with their Q-tips.
Gross Motor: Try a Cosmic Kids Yoga video from You Tube. There are so many to choose from! They are all great.
Literacy: Make heart letter puzzles. All you do is draw a heart and cut it in half. Then write the uppercase letter on one side and the lowercase letter on the other. Have your little one match up the hearts.
Math: Help your little one ask family and friends which season is their favorite (winter, spring, summer, or fall). Then help them create a bar graph to show their results. Have them present their findings to their family and friends.
Fine Motor: Make a handprint butterfly. First, help your little one trace and cut their handprints. Then glue their handprints onto paper (as the wings) and have them add details to their butterfly. Each butterfly is sure to be unique, just like each little learner!
Gross Motor: Set up a boot (or tall toy) on the ground. Put a piece of tape on the ground for your little one to stand behind. Then have them throw a ball or beanbag at the boot (or tall toy) to knock it over! To add some more challenge, have them roll a die, then step back that many steps before tossing the ball or beanbag.
Literacy: Use the ABC Letter Cards from our FREE Activity Library and lay them out on a table. Hide a picture or flat object under one of the cards, and have your little one guess where it is by saying, “Is it under the letter M?” or “Is it under the /g/?” (depending on if you want to practice letter names or sounds). Then have them hide something and you guess where it is!
Math: Write out numbers 0-20 on a large piece of paper, but leave some of the numbers out. Write those numbers on post-it notes instead. Then have your little one put the post-it notes in the correct spots.
Fine Motor: Using a strainer and uncooked spaghetti (or pipe cleaners), have your little one put the spaghetti through the holes of the strainer. Then have them tell a story about their creation!
Gross Motor: Make giant letters out of painter’s tape on the floor. Have your little one walk the letters (or drive cars over the letters) while they say the letter name and sound.
PRESCHOOL AT-HOME ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK 2
And that’s a wrap on our At-Home Activities for Week 2. I hope these ideas help keep your preschooler learning at home with you!
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