So you have a natural beginning in mind. Here are 34 concrete ideas or things to do with your preschooler that go hand in hand with the basic natural framework:
- Cuddle up with a great picture book.
- Play with bubbles.
- Play simple board games.
- Bake cookies.
- Help with the laundry — match socks!
- Complete the story.
- Plant a garden.
- Make a booklet.
- Create with clay.
- Memorize Scripture.
- Chase some bugs.
- Put on a stuffed animal play.
- Count the utensils when setting the table.
- Make an instrument.
- Create a greeting card as a gift for someone special.
- Scribble on the sidewalk with chalk.
- Memorize a few easy nursery rhymes.
- Wear a homemade and decorated paper hat.
- Ride a tricycle.
- Press a flower.
- Feed the birds.
- Learn the alphabet with blocks.
- Make a placemat.
- Fly a kite.
- Run an obstacle course.
- Sing silly songs.
- Have a number or letter scavenger hunt.
- Practice following directions.
- Build a block tower.
- Keep track of the weather.
- String beads.
- Read a Bible story book.
- Bounce a ball.
- Fly paper airplanes.
365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child by Steve & Ruth Bennett
I still have my very well-loved copy. Great book. Lots of dog-eared pages. Highly recommended.
Slow and Steady Get Me Ready by June Oberlander
When you are ready to start something just a tad more formal. This is another one of those books we made good use of in the early years. Subtitled, The How-To Book That Grows With Your Child, inside are “260 weekly developmental activities from birth to age 5.” Many times these activities will be ones you are already engaged in with your child, or conversely, your child simply may not be ready for some of the activities. Always pick and choose what fits you, your child, and your family!