Preschool Learning Colors

Preschool children love learning about colors. At this age, they are starting to identify colors all around them. There are so many easy ways for your child to play with color. Check out these games, food, and craft ideas for a colorful learning adventure.

Games are a great way to teach children. They are so excited about having fun; they usually don’t mind learning something along the way. Try these out with your children.

1- Pick a color, and have your child search for objects in the room (or house) that match that color. You could do the reverse of this by playing “I Spy” with colors. For example, you say, “I Spy something yellow,” and then have your child take a turn spying something yellow.

2- Put something of a certain color on the floor or a table. Have your kids bring other items of that color next to the first item. Tell your kids the colors of the rainbow, and have them gather items from the house to make their own rainbow.

3- Talk about color when your child gets dressed each day. Ask them what they color they would like to pick for the day. Have a “get dressed in X color” day. Have you or your child pick the color of the day, and have them try to get dressed from head to toe in that color.

4 - When you are out doing errands, pick a color and identify everything of that color as you go.

Food comes in a rainbow of colors. Learning colors from food is as close as the grocery store. Pick a food color idea below and dig in.

1. Create a rainbow cereal necklace or bracelet. String together fruit-flavored circle-shaped cereal pieces on a length of yarn. For a more colorful creation, use multicolored yarn. When they eat their creation, have them tell you what color each cereal piece is.

2. Pick an assortment of foods of one color to serve together, such as carrots, orange juice, and orange colored crackers. Or pick two or three colors and come up with different food combinations such as yellow and green - bananas and green beans, pineapple and kiwi fruit. For some food items, you can add a few drops of food coloring to make it match. Be careful because some children are sensitive to food colorings.

Kids who are learning their colors will naturally flock to an art table. Tickle your creative side with these colorful crafts.

1- Use watercolor paints to make your own creation along with your child. Talk about what each of you is doing. Make a point to choose a variety of colors so you can mention each name.

2- Have a variety of markers, colors, colored pencils on hand as well as a variety of colored and white paper. They can easily experiment with different shades and intensities.

3- Make a sidewalk chalk art gallery. Encourage your kids to use just one color or several to make creations on cement.

4- Put a few drops of food coloring with water in ice cube trays. Make two or three cubes of each color you have. Freeze, and then put a few cubes of different colors in a bowl together. Watch what happens when they melt and blend colors!

 

 

 

Preschool Games

Preschool is a time for learning and fun. Children enjoy playing with other kids and exploring their world through play. Preschool-age children are old enough to understand how to participate in simple games. Read on to learn about some of the preschool games children love at that age.

Hot Potato

The object of the game is to stay in a long as possible. The leader child steps into the middle of a circle of children. The leader closes his or her eyes while the children in the group quickly pass a beanbag (or rock or block) around the circle. When the leader yells, “Hot!” the person left holding the hot potato goes out. The game continues until there is one child left. Kids learn about using their imagination, following directions, and social skills.

Instead of passing a potato, try Pass the Apple. The kids are apples and the middle of the circle is the apple pot. A beanbag is passed around the circle, just like with Hot Potato. The child left holding the beanbag goes into the apple pot when the leader shouts, “Applesauce!” When all of the kids end up in the middle at the end, the teachers make applesauce with them. They add sugar, cinnamon, and other spices, then the kids get be wiggly as the applesauce starts to boil.

Leap Frog

Leap Frog is a terrific game for large muscle development. Children learn about taking turns and doing things in order when they play. To add something more, kids can do a variety of things each time they leap over another child. They could count, say the letter “L” or “F,” or say the name of the person they are jumping over. Most kids are happy just to do a lot of leaping and laughing.

Memory Card Games

These card games are fun for young children. They have good enough memory skills to remember where some of the upside-down cards are located. The fewer the cards, the better chance they have of keeping track. This is easily done with a purchased Memory game, a set of basic playing cards, or drawings made on index cards. Start out with five or six pairs at first. If this seems too easy, you can increase the amount until the children seem challenged. Another nice feature of this game is that it works for one player or several players. Memory games are a great way for children to learn letter and number recognition and to stretch their patience.

Same and Different

The Same and Different game is wonderful for helping children develop mathematical sorting and language skills. Children pick three items in the room that are alike in some way, such as size or shape. Then, they choose something that is different from the first three things. Children describe the similarities and differences, saying as many as they can think of. For the next set of items, the teacher encourages the children to pick a different type of comparison. If the first set of items was chosen by size, the next would be chosen by color, and so on.

By the time your child is preschool age, they have probably played at least one of these games. These are all easy to do without much equipment. Not only are these games fun to play, they teach children skills to build on as they grow.

 

 

 

Alphabet Letters

For preschoolers and toddlers

Letters and words are all around a preschool child. Teaching them about the alphabet is easy when you use your environment. Be creative and open your child’s eyes to alphabet letters every day. Before long, they will recognize words and gain other pre-reading skills.

Words - Different sounds of the letters – For all vowels and consonants like C and G, point out the different sounds they can make: gem and giant, golf and gum.

Food – Pick a letter and find all the food in the house starting with that letter. Find items starting with two or three different letters, make letter labels, and have your child sort them. Check out the labels on packaged food for more letter clues.

Activity – Name your child’s favorite activities by their starting letter. For example, going to the park is a “letter P” activity, riding a scooter is a “letter S” activity. For fun, put some office labels with the appropriate letter on you and your child as you do them.

Books – Help your child notice the capital letters in the title of their books. Read a few books with the capital letter A in them one day, letter B the next, letter C, and so on.

Animal/insect – Talk about and notice animals or insects and what alphabet letter their names begin with. “Dog starts with D – what other animals or insects start with letter D? Duck, dolphin, deer…”

Coloring pages – There are so many wonderful printable coloring pages on the internet. Have your child pick some of their favorites, then label them with letters. You can also find various coloring pages just focused on alphabet letters.

Family names – Print the first names everyone your immediate family and extended family on several pieces of paper. Leave a large space below each name for your child to copy the names. We have easy to use lists of boy names and girl names that you can use.

Have a letter of the week – Choose a letter of the alphabet for each week of the year. You don’t even have to go in alphabetical order. Do several random things that match that letter (draw a picture, dig a hole in the dirt, and drop dimes on a desk). Point out things you usually do that start with that letter (S is for school, E is for eat). You can use many other ideas from this list for your activities.

Careers – Talk about careers or roles that start with a certain letter. M is for mail carrier, Mom, musician; F is for firefighter, farmer, fisherman.

Holidays/months/seasons – When a new month starts, show your child the name of the month on the calendar. Tell them the name several times, let them get close to touch the name, and have them sound it out to you. Repeat this every day to make it stick. Do the same for different seasons of the year and holidays.

Make flashcards/dominoes – Use index cards and markers or crayons to make easy flash cards or dominoes. Let your child use the flash cards in free play or recognition games with you. Make dominoes by putting two alphabet letters on side of the card and matching them in a line (or in a game of dominoes).

Toys – Pick a letter and brainstorm all the names of toys starting with that letter. “Do you have a baseball bat? A ball? Where’s your stuffed bunny?”

Games – Gather your household games together and ask your child, “Do we have any games that start with the letter F?” Play simple games like “Hide and Seek” or “Tag” and remind them what letter that starts with. Before you start and as you play, have them repeat the words to you and sound them out carefully.

Household items – Go on a scavenger hunt with a list of the alphabet letters. Try to get one or two for each letter. If you can’t find something to represent one of the letters (such as Q and X), help your child think of other things or actions that start with that letter. Or, find something in your house with a printed word with that letter in it.

 

Preschool Lesson Plans – Learning Numbers

One, two, buckle my shoe! Learning numbers is an important skill for preschool children. Numbers are all around them and they love to count things. Want some fresh ideas for teaching numbers with your preschooler? This is a collection of rhymes, activities, and everyday opportunities. Learning numbers will never be boring for you or your child again.

Number rhymes

Rhyming is a fun way to remember numbers. Kids learn through play, so your child will repeat something enjoyable like a rhyming song or finger play over and over. This repetition reinforces their memory – and they’re just plain fun!

One, Two Three, Four, Five
One, two, three, four, five
I caught a fish alive
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
I let him go again.
Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on the right.

One Step, Two Step (from Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes by Zita Newcome)
One step, two step, find my teddy bear,
Three step, four step, going up the stair.
Five step, six step, now start to hop,
Seven step, eight step, come to a stop!
Nine step, ten step, going very fast,
Eleven step, twelve step, how long can it last?
Thirteen, fourteen, going very slow,
Fifteen, sixteen, not so far to go,
Seventeen, eighteen, nearly at the chair,
Nineteen, twenty, have a rest with bear.

Number Activities

Number activities can be a fun way to spend time with your child and teach them at the same time. These are very simple, using household items or supplies easily purchased at a craft store. Be ready for the next rainy or snowy day.

Muffin Tin Sorting (two versions)

Take a standard muffin pan and gather several small objects from around the house. These could include paper clips, marbles, playing chips from games, buttons, nuts and washers, coins. Make sure they are in random amounts. Have your child sort the bunch by object, then count how many there are of each type of object (six paper clips, four buttons, etc)

Another variation is to put paper muffin liners in each spot on the pan with different numbers written on the bottom (numbers facing up). Have your child put the same amount of objects for the number in each different spot.

Make jewelry with numbers and sorting

What you need
Beads of various colors and shapes, but some repeating
Container with separate bins (egg carton, muffin pan)
Yarn, string, or thick thread

-Make a large knot at the end of the yarn or string for your necklace and for your child’s. -Show your child the pattern you are using for your bead, have your child copy you. Or, let your child take the lead and you copy them.
-Either way, point out the patterns and how many of each color was chosen.
-Boys can use this as a decoration for something like a bike or as a present for mom, girls can use it as a necklace or bracelet.
***Variation – You could use different “O” shaped cereal for an edible necklace, such as Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Multi-grain Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, etc.

Learn From Numbers Around You

Learn from your environment; it takes no special trick or equipment. Just be curious and creative with what you see and hear around you. Try these ideas throughout the day or when your child needs a distraction.

* Have a number scavenger hunt – try finding all the numbers you can in your kitchen, bathroom, out on the road, in the grocery store.

* Pick a common object and start counting how many you see during an errand trip or a little walk around your house.

* Count out each vegetable, noodle, or piece of meat at mealtime. Count how many bites it takes to make it gone. Have your child count how many sips of milk they take.

* When folding laundry, have your child help you count socks, shirts, decorative details on shirts and pants. Count how many of each item is in a pile.

 

 

 

 

Playdough Recipe

Recipes for homemade Play Doh (Play Dough). Cooked, no cook and edible.

Play Doh Play Dough Recipe

This playdough recipe is the cooked version, which uses cream of tartar. It tends to be smoother than the non-cooked playdough recipe, but it is more work and takes longer due to cooking and cooling.

Playdough is a a long time favorite kids activity. The fact that the play dough can be edible makes your child happier - they can snack on their creations.

Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a pan and stir.  Cook over low heat, stirring until a ball forms.

2. Add food coloring and mix thoroughly until desired color.

3. Cool on foil. Store in covered container.

 

This is an easier to make version of a playdough recipe, there is no cooking involved.

No-Cook Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
A few drops of food coloring


Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients very well and store in plastic bag or covered jar.

 

The next three recipes are each an edible playdough recipe , especially fun for small children because they can eat the dough. Use raisins, cheerios or small candies to decorate the creations then enjoy!

Peanut Butter Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

18 oz. peanut butter
6 Tablespoons honey
Nonfat dry milk

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients with enough nonfat dry milk to form into a workable dough.

 

Homemade Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/4 cups powdered milk
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter

Directions:

1. Mix until dough reaches proper consistency for molding.

 


This playdough recipe needs to be baked when done sculpting because of the raw egg in the recipe.

Edible Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 package dry yeast
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups flour

Directions:

1. Stir yeast in 1 1/2 cups very warm water until dissolved.

2. Mix in egg, honey, shortening and salt. Stir in flour a little at a time until makes a ball.

3. Knead 5 minutes. Make flat figures on cookie sheet. Cover with towel 25 minutes.  Bake 20 minutes in 350 degree oven.  Eat or shellac it.

 

 

 

Preschool Activities

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In order to foster both educational and emotional growth in preschool children, there are several different recommended preschool activities you can do with your child. You can look for great activities in such areas as reading, singing, and puzzles. Your child will have a lot of fun and experience real educational and emotional growth.

Reading to your child is one of the best preschool activities you can do. Your public library has a large selection of children's books. Books allow your child's mind to be opened to new ideas. It also develops an interest in reading and can help your child become an early reader. You can choose a time everyday to read to your children. Another great idea is to check out the times that your public library will have a librarian that read books to a group of preschool children. It's a great chance for your children to interact with other children.

Teaching your child songs is another great way to enrich their emotional and educational wellbeing. Of course there are the popular educational preschool songs like the ABC song and the number song, but you can be creative. Try learning the songs from any videos you might have for your children. Sing the song with them and teach them all of the words to the song. It will help your child improve their vocabulary and understanding.

Puzzles are a great way to help your child understand shapes and sizes and how they fit into the world around them. Puzzles are good for all ages. It's a good idea to start with simple puzzles so that they complete the puzzles without getting discouraged. This is an activity you should do alongside your preschool child so that you both can bond. Don't help too much and as your child finishes puzzles, opt for slightly more difficult ones the next time.

These preschool activities will help your child grow and be enriched. Make sure you have fun with your child when you do thee activities. These times are sure to become fond memories as you both grow older. 

These are just a few ideas for activities to do with your preschooler :

Blow bubbles!

Try to make bubbles that soar the highest, or are the biggest, or travel the farthest. Bubble blowing is one of those activities that's sure to bring out smiles at any age! Let your child help you make the bubble blowing recipe, it's easy and very cheap to make.


Bubble Soap Recipe

Directions:

Combine the following ingredients:

2 cups Dawn dishwashing detergent
6 cups water
A little less than 1 cup Karo light corn syrup

Shake gently and let settle for four hours.
Store covered in refrigerator to extend suds shelf life.
Allow to warm before using. Costs about $1.50 per gallon.

Bubble Tips for the best bubble blowing experience:

1. If foam develops scrape off with a piece of thin cardboard.
2. Keep suds clean from grass and dirt.
3. Bubbles are best on humid days.
4. Keep the bubble solution out of direct sun.

 

Homemade Playdough

Playdough is fun, sparks creativity, and provides hours of fun that also helps with a child's motor skills. 

Playdough Recipe

 

Finger Painting

Finger painting is a great preschool activity, children love the messiness of it all and it's very easy to make.

Homemade Finger Paint

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
food coloring

1. Mix all ingredients to the consistency of thick gravy.
2. Add food coloring as desired. Small margarine containers work well for the individual colors.

 

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Preschool Activities

Face Painting

Have a ball creating designs on faces, arms and hands with this easy to make, washable face paint.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon water
1/2 teaspoon cold cream
2 drops food coloring of your choice

1. Mix all ingredients in small plastic mixing bowl and mix until completely smooth.

 

Tin Can Stilts

Having a little one get tall in an instant is always a favorite with them! These tin can stilts are easy for children to balance and fun for pretend play.


Directions:

1. Take two large coffe cans. Punch two holes near the unopened end of each can.
2. Thread plastic clothesline through the holes and tie the ends together.
Pull up on strings as you walk on your tin can stilts to help with balance.

 

Toothpick and Pea Construction Zone

Directions:

Soak dried peas in water or use canned peas and create "buildings" by sticking the toothpicks into peas.
Set the building aside until peas dry. As peas dry, they will shrink and make the creation sturdy.

 

Make Macaroni Jewelry

Macaroni jewelry is easy to make for smaller hands, kids love to play jewelry designer with this fun craft idea!

Items needed:

Large elbow macaroni
Yarn
Food coloring


Directions:

1. Dip large macaroni into food colors for a few seconds. Lay macaroni on paper towel until dry.
2. Cut yarn long enough for necklace or bracelet. Wrap end of yarn with tape.
3. String macaroni. Tie the yarn ends together.

 

Create Sewing Cards

Sewing cards are a great way for preschoolers to get practice with their motor skills. These use everyday items and turn them into something special that your preschooler made all by themselves.


Items needed:

Lightweight cardboard - from new shirts, cereal boxes, poster board
Colored paper or colorful magazine pictures
Yarn or colored shoelaces


Directions:

1. Cut pieces of cardboard into six inch squares.
2. Cover them with colored paper or pictures.
3. Punch holes about an inch apart around the edges.
4. Show the children how to lace in and out of the holes with the yarn or shoelaces.

 

 


Preschool Activities

Be A Dinosaur

Choose a book about dinosaurs and read it to your child. When the story is over, make Dinosaur Food and talk about the different types of dinosaurs in the story.

Dinosaur Food

Directions Step 1 :

Place the following ingredients into a medium saucepan :

2 cups Pterodactyl toenails, crushed (sugar)
1/2 cup swamp water (evaporated milk)
1 stick Iguana fat (butter)

Cook 1 minute at a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Directions Step 2 :

Mix all the following ingredients in a bowl:

3 cups bones (oats)
1 cup dried grass (coconut)
5 teaspoons dirt (cocoa)
1/2 teaspoon dirty water (vanilla)

Add Parts 1 and 2 together. Stir, drop by spoonful onto waxed paper. Cool and eat. Don't let the dinosaurs eat all the food.

 

Make Stone Soup

Read the story Stone Soup with your preschooler and let them make their own stone soup. Preschool activities that are tied in with books give them a love of reading along with a fun activity. Everyone can chop or measure something, teaching them about measurements.

Stone Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

3 clean stones, washed thoroughly
3 stalks celery
2 large carrots
2 medium onions
2 medium potatoes
3 medium tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon basil, thyme, marjoram
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup parsley
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup rice

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients into a large crock pot. Cover with water.
2. Cook 2 to 3 hours on high. Remove bay leaf before serving. 

 

Feed the Birds

Feeding the birds is a great way to introduce children to the world of wild birds. These fun to make bird feeders are perfect for smaller hands, as the ingredients become similar to playdough when forming.

Homemade Bird Feeders

Ingredients:

2 cups shortening
2 cups peanut butter
5 cups bird seed
Netting from onion bags

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients together. Shape into balls. 
2. Wrap each ball in netting from onion bags, and secure with a plastic twist. This recipe makes about 12 feeders.

 

Egg Carton Spiders

For the bug lover in your house, these silly spiders will have them giggling.

Items Needed:

Egg cartons cut into individual cups
Pencil
Eight 3 inch pieces of pipe cleaners

Directions:

1. Decorate cup to make it look like a spider face. Use crayons or markers; adhesive stickers; glue on cereal; raisins, nuts. Hats can be made with cotton balls, marshmallows or string.

2. Using the tip of a pencil, poke 8 holes around the bottom of the cup.  To make the spiders legs, insert pipe cleaners or twist ties into holes.

 

 

 

 

Preschool Lesson Plans

Image If you are trying to teach your preschool child how to grow educationally and emotionally, you need to pay attention to solid preschool lesson plans. A preschool lesson plan allows you to ensure that the subject you want them to learn is actually being taught. Lesson plans are very effective in providing you with a framework and objective for your lessons. 

Preschool lesson plans should have a singular objective. What kind of objective? Well, for the objective, you need to decide what it is the preschool students need to learn. There are some very obvious things that they need to learn. On the academic side, they should try to learn their ABC's. They also should know how to count their basic numbers and know the names of the colors. It's also important for preschool students to learn the shapes and how to recognize differences. On the social side, preschool children should learn how to interact with other children in social acceptable ways. This means learning to share and having good manners.

Of course, just like you can't put together a lesson plan to teach several math topics at once, you can't teach several of these objectives at once. That's why you focus on the one topic you want your preschool student to learn. With that objective in mind, you need to come up with activities or games that support the objective you are teaching.

The typical preschool lesson plans have three major components. First you introduce the topic and objective. Next you want to have the students to practice the objective. Finally, you want them to produce it on their own. If you are teaching them the ABC's, then your lesson might consist of showing flash cards for each letter and identifying them. Next you might have students take turns trying to identify the letters. Finally you might end with the students singing the ABC song.  A preschool lesson should be a focused plan of action to teach the objective in a clear, concise, but rewarding and varied way.