Week 3 Preschool Homeschool Activities Roundup
Week 3 of Preschool Homeschool Activities has been a lot of active, engaging fun!
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We only had a few days of at-home learning experiences this week. One morning we spent at the playground with friends, and another mornings we ran errands and played on the playground by ourselves.
Did you know: playground time is absolutely 1000% educational for your little ones? If they’re playing with other children, they’re learning social skills. When they’re running and climbing and playing, they’re practicing those oh-so-important motor skills. Take time to play – it’s a child’s best way to learn!
But let’s get into the other preschool homeschool activities we did this week:
Guided Learning Activities
Painted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Skills Practiced: imaginative/creative skills, fine motor, color recognition,
How to Make: Buy some white bread – sourdough or white whole grain are my choices. Make sure you have cheese on hand. You’ll also need eggs and paintbrushes. Decide how many paint colors you want and get out that many small bowls. Add one egg yolk to each bowl; discard the white. Add a few drops of food coloring to each yolk and whisk with a fork.
How to Use: Put a paintbrush in each bowl. Give your preschool 2 pieces of bread and tell her she can paint on it, just like on paper! Then let her creative skills go! After she paints her bread, make grilled cheese with it, just like normal, except the egg yolk works as your butter on the
outside of the bread. Cook at a low temp; this will keep the bread from browning too much and covering the fun paintings!
Bonus: Read about cave paintings and then make cave paintings on your bread together! Or talk about self-portraits and paint yours.
Gone Fishing Game
Skills Practiced: gross motor skills, shape recognition, taking turns, number recognition/counting
How to Make: To make the fishing pole, tie a string to a wooden dowel and hot glue a magnet to the end of the string. To make the ocean creature, print and cut out fish shapes or buy paper fish shapes at the dollar store. Add a large paper clip – you could even put two to make it easier for little ones – to each fish. Write a number on each fish – I made this for elementary school, but I want to redo them with just 1s, 2s, 3s, etc to help with number recognition.
How to Use: Show your preschooler how to use the fishing pole to catch a fish. Explain how to take turns and how to make a pile of the fish you get. I recommend letting him take a turn until he catches a fish each time. Then you take a turn. If you want it to be a competition, you can add up the points when you’re done. If you just want to have fun, have him say the number as he picks up the fish and leave it at that.
Bonus: If you put 1s, 2s, and 3s on your fish, then as she catches them, have her count out the number of blocks or counters that the number shows. Then at the end, you and she can count up all her blocks together!
Independent Learning Preschool Homeschool Activities
3 Ways to Use a Color Sorter (or Connect 4 Game)
We recently got our first 2 year old box from Lovevery and this color sorter was in there. It’s quickly become a favorite toy and I’ve got a few different ways we use it.
1. 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺 – Camden does whatever he wants with it. Sometimes he wants to match the colors, and sometimes he’s more interested in just putting something in there so he can move the bottom and watch the tiles fall out!
2. 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 – I printed a spinner (you could use a die too) with 1/2/3 on it. To play: one person spins and adds that many colored tiles to the sorter. If you fill a column, you can either say ‘I win’ and release the whole thing, or you can keep track and see who wins more columns!
3. 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘚𝘤𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘵 – I don’t hide all 25 tiles, but if your preschooler is older, go for it! I leave 10 or so in the sorter and hide the rest around the room. Then Cam runs around, finds them and fills up the sorter!
I’m sure we’ll find even more ideas for this toy – and he plays with our Connect 4 too! – but here’s a few to get you started!
Animal Washing Station – Sensory Bin
𝘚𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘗𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘥: fine motor skills, cleaning (real life), transferring,
𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦: Fill a bin about a third full of dirt or potting soil (I bought the cheapest I could find). Add large farm animals or zoo animals – I found a few at the dollar store. Add a little water and mix to get the dirt to stick to the animals. Have a sponge or toothbrush and a water station next to the bin.
𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘜𝘴𝘦: Tell your preschooler the animals decided to play in the dirt and they’re muddy now! His job as the farmer is to wash the animals off and get them all nice and clean! He can use the sponge or toothbrush to scrub the dirt off of them. If they’re like Cam, they’ll figure out they can swish their animal in the water and get him clean, before pretending that he wants to run right back into the mud!
𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘶𝘴: We read Mrs. Wishy Washy before we played with this bin because it’s all about how her animals roll in the mud and she has to clean them! It’s a perfect early reader, too!
That’s what we were up to during the past week. This week, we’ve got a couple of preschool homeschool activities planned to go along with The Very Hungry Spider book, linking cubes, and an Ice Cream magnet board! Make sure you follow along on Instagram! Or subscribe here to get updates, too.
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