Simple Activities for Preschool at Home

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

Over the past three months, I have been on maternity leave with a newborn, toddler, and preschooler.   The boys typically attend an in-home daycare, where they have a set schedule and learning activities   My 4-year-old son has learned so much over the past year at daycare.  This summer I set out a small amount of time each day to work on learning activities.  I chose to focus our lessons in three areas: numbers, shapes, and letters.  

Helping your child grow their academic skills can be very rewarding and exciting.

These are just a few of the simple and engaging activities we have enjoyed this summer. 

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Preschool At Home: Numbers

Rock, Paper, Number

My son loves any activity that can be turned into a competitive game. His favorite number activity is an adapted version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. This idea comes from the blog Reading Confetti. First, I drew the numbers  1-10 on a long piece of thick card stock paper, using puffy paint. Then I helped Xander trace over the numbers with his index finger, labeling each number as he traced. To play the game , we said “rock, paper, number, count” while moving our fist with each word. On the word “count” we held up numbers on our fingers with one or both hands. Then we would take turns counting how many numbers we were holding up. After we counted, we traced the number we picked and identified who had the “higher number”.

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Preschool At Home: Numbers

Ten Apples On Top

We are huge Dr. Seuss fans, so I dedicated an entire week of learning activities to the book Ten Apples Up On Top. One of Xander's favorite activities from the week was creating paint stamped apples to count and manipulate. In this activity, I cut apples in half and we painted the insides with acrylic paint. We then stamped the apples onto card stock.  Once the paint was dry I cut out the apples. Xander then used the apples as manipulatives as we read the book. He also enjoyed sorting the apples by color and making patterns with them.


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Preschool At Home: Letters

Letter of the Day

As a child, I learned the alphabet with the help of the show The Letter People. I decided to create my own Letter People fun. Each day Xander and I chose a different letter to learn about.  During breakfast, I drew the letter on a large white board and we talked about what sound the letter makes and foods that begin with the letter. Throughout the day, I would point out objects, food, and places that began with that letter. During our learning time a few times a week, I would have him choose a few of the letters we learned about.

What learning activities does your preschooler enjoy the most?

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Simple Activities for Preschool at Home

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Ashlie says:

    My son just turned 3, and he doesn’t like to sit still and learn at all. He has no interest in it. But, two of the things that have worked great for him are the Leapfrog alphabet ‘doghouse’ magnet that sticks on the fridge (don’t know the official name). I bought it off Amazon or Wal-mart. They’ve been around for years and maybe cost $20. My son learned his ABCs and sounds through this all on his just by playing with it.

    He’s also a HUGE fan of Tonka/construction trucks. You can find learning flashcard sets and counting sets on Ebay in Tonka themes. He loves it. The counting cards have you counting bulldozers and dumptrucks, etc, and the letter cards are D is for dumptruck, B is for Bulldozer, etc.

    I try to take at least 15-20 minutes a day and teach him something. His mind is like a sponge right now. Housework can wait 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    How do you have the patience or time for all this??? I have 4 boys ages 6, 4, 2.5, and 18 days, I feel like I can’t do this nor have time between breastfeeding and cooking and trying to keep up on the house…

  3. Teresa says:

    My 4 year old niece is very smart. She watches educational shows, has older siblings, my sister and I work a lot with her, and she goes to head start. I believe this helps development in young children.

  4. Phammom says:

    Like them all especially the first one and last one

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