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A friend of mine lives in a suburban area. She has two preschool aged kids and asked me for DIY fun and learn activities for them. I have suggested her few sorting and matching activities for pre-number skills. Can you suggest any interesting activities?
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Children learn best through play. Activities that are short and engaging are best for young children who have short attention spans. Rather than tasks that require long periods of sitting still, consider activities that can take place outdoors. The neighborhood or local park would be a great place for a scavenger hunt. Depending on the exact ages of the pre-schoolers, they can look for colours or shapes on their walk, or they can collect items from nature such as leaves, bark, and small pebbles. The items collected on the scavenger hunt can be used for art activities like rubbings and they can also be used to teach lessons about textures.
This is also a good age to focus on both gross and fine motor skills. Activities like a backyard obstacle course, or balance games will improve muscle strength, co-ordination, and proprioception, while bead threading and building blocks are good for fine motor skills and improving hand-eye co-ordination. Baking is also a great activity - ingredients need to be measured and weighed, mixed, and baked. Decorating cookies or cupcakes is great fun, and even toddlers can help with tidying up.
A preschool-age child learns best through play. I wouldn't worry too much about concepts such as shape and colour and would instead focus on playing. Your child will learn these concepts through rich play experiences and conversations. Go outside and explore nature, let them help you at home with tasks like cooking and read a lot. This is such a fun age that passes so quickly.
Reading the Dr Seuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck and then showing the kids how to make oobleck out of cornstarch and water can be a great literacy/science activity.
Also, making sensory toys like filling glass/plastic jars with different textures like layers of sand, buttons, rocks, water and using colour dye to make rainbow sand can also be a fun arts project.
I've also used Lego pieces/people with old ice-cream containers, cut up boxes and cellophane to make 'under the water' or 'out in space' dioramas to tell a story and this can also be weaved into art/crafts, literacy and numeracy learning.