Preschool Activities

Gross Motor

Making a line on the floor with a rope or masking tape. You and your child can lie, stand, walk, run,

gallop on, or jump over the line.

 

Play ball! Encourage your child to throw and catch a ball, hit a ball with a bat or racquet, or kick a ball at a target. Let your child hold a beach ball using different parts of our bodies (elbows, legs, hands, knees, feet).

 

Set up an obstacle course so your child can practise many skills: walking, running, crawling, balancing, climbing, jumping over things, and hopping (on one foot or both feet).

(This is a great opportunity for you child to show you the skills she developed so far)

 

Give your child a bat, hockey stick, or golf club to practice his eye-hand coordination.

 

Play hide and seek, tag, dodge the ball, and red rover.

(This is a great opportunity to help your child learn

rules of games and to take turns)

 

Allow your child to ride a bicycle with or without

training wheels. Make sure your child is wearing my helmet.

 

Fine Motor

Create with puzzles, play with dough and nesting toys,use peg boards, beads, and building blocks.

(This is a great opportunity to practise cutting, gluing, drawing and painting)

 

Help your child practise printing letters, numbers, and his name.

 

Let your child practise her lacing skills. Encourage your child to thread a shoelace through the holes in their shoes or holes punched around a picture.

(This is a great opportunity to also allow you child to get better at doing buttons and zippers)

 

Give your child time to practise writing with pencils, crayons, and chalk. Activities like colouring, drawing, dot to dot, mazes, as well as tracing and copying letters, shapes, and numbers will him at school.

 

Try experimenting with your child using different materials. Fill up a craft box so she can be creative using glue, clay, wood, yarn, tape, scissors, paper, pencils, markers, crayons, or odds and ends.

 

Social Emotional

You may notice that your preschooler afraid of things that

didn’t bother him before, his fears are real so help him  feel safe.

 

Sometimes your child need reminders to take turns, share, and cooperate when she plays with other children.

 

Pretend to go camping, be astronaut, firefighter, or dancer.

 

Let your child feel special by allow them to be heard by giving your undivided attention.

 

Hug your child often.

 

Give your child opportunities to play with other children. If not in school in group activities on a regular basis.

 

Let your child answer the phone and talk to people he know. He will feel proud to answer the phone you.

 

Tell your child how proud you are of her when you notice her doing something good.

(This will make me feel good about herself, and would want to do it again.)

 

Read books about characters who have feelings like fear or experience a problem to overcome, to help your child learn about the feelings of others through stories.

(This is a great opportunity to find books about a character that looks like your child.)

 

Take your child and his friends to the park or playground with you. Let them climb, swing, slide, and explore the equipment and try new things.

 

Play a board games with your child.

(This is a great opportunity to learn about rules, counting, taking turns, winning, and losing. Don’t always let your child win she will be alright it she loses from time to time.)

 

Language

Read to your child often throughout the day. Make it part of your daily routine by setting aside a special time. Choose books that are colourful and interesting to your child.

 

Your child enjoys guessing games so place some familiar objects on the table, and can take turns describing them. For example

“Show me something we use to brush our hair”. Sometimes make it silly so you can laugh.

 

Your child is getting better at telling longer stories. Show me her series of pictures and tell her a story about them. After she know it well, have your child put the pictures in order, retell the story or make up one of my own.

 

Play rhyming games and laugh at the silly words you both can make up together. Point out the sounds and letters in my world.

(This is a great opportunity for your child to learn new words and sounds.)

 

Think of something and have your child guess what it is by asking you questions (“Is it food?” “Is it an animal?” “Does it have four legs?” “Is it a dog?”).

 

You may notice your child has a lot to say, so talk to your child often throughout the day about things that interest him. Listen to your child as he learns to tell a story from beginning to end.

(This is a great opporunity to ask questions about his story to help him remember the details of his day.

 

Cognitive

Pay silly games to make your child laugh by making cards using simple magazine pictures. Draw on the picture things that does not belong like a girl with a moustache or a fish with legs.

 

Giggle with your child when she talks about something funny.

 

Give me an empty egg carton where your child can put different objects into the cups. Things like buttons, different coloured objects, shapes, and rocks are fun to sort.

 

Hide different objects in a box or bag for a game of touch and tell. Take turns feeling the objects and describing what’s in the bag. Pull them out to see if you both were right.

 

Play a memory game! Take turns giving each other directions (“Put your hands on your head, then turn around, then touch the ground”).

 

It’s important for your child to know my full name, address, and telephone number.

 

Play "Eye Spy" using letters, numbers and colours (“I spy with my little eye three things that are red” or “I spy something blue that starts with B”).

Note: These skills are mastered by most children by the age group show. However, the activities are a bit more challenging than others. By practicing these activities with your child, it will help you child to prepare the next developmental stage. Each activity has a symbol that represents the main area of development.

 

If you have questions or concerns about using any activity for your child, contact a health care or child care professional.