Crafts, activities, singing and experimenting are a few preschool ideas that combine learning with fun. Preschool children are like sponges. They soak up everything they see, hear and experience, exploring the world through touch, sight, sound and taste.
Food provides many learning opportunities that allow children to experiment with color, taste and textures, as well as counting and sorting. The latter provides the foundation for math and science education.
Games that require movement can be fun, provide lessons in following directions, improve gross motor skills, and provide excercise. Using music, parents and instructors can have children mimic animals, learning the days of the week, cleaning up their centers, learning about the five senses, etc. My son's preschool teacher sang all the time and it really caught the attention of the kids. They seemed to absorb the information faster and retain it longer. Many musical games or lessons are capable of advanced variations making them more complex as children gain balance and coordination.
Using music will encourage movement and using upbeat and simple music may help set the mood for your preschooler. Stay away from chaotic or harsh music though. Studies have shown that they may alter their brain structure.
Preschool learning should be fun. Scavenger hunts help to develop critical thinking and counting skills. Gather plastic animals, insects, fish, or toy cars and hide them in a space that is safe and familiar to the the children. Give them a card with a specific number of these objects on it that are hidden. The child searches for how ever many objects are on the card. This is a fun game that can be played either inside or outside.
Sorting is an easy task that can be employed when doing daily chores. Putting clean laundry into piles helps to get the job done while helping a child learn to sort by shape and item. Washcloths are a similar shape to dishtowels but they are different. Socks can be sorted by color or size.
Finding other creative preschool ideas that can help with household chores are easy. Setting the table, counting silverware and cups, counting their toys when straightening up and even counting envelopes when the mail is delivered are all ways to educate your little ones. Combining learning with fun will help you to come up with preschool ideas that help a child expand their world, vocabulary, skills, and confidence.
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