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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.