Preschool Games And Activities

Preschool Games And Activities

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Tip #6 Preschool Games & Activities!

Are you looking for ways to keep your toddlers and preschool children occupied?  Check out these great ideas and websites to keep the kids active and happy.

Online Resources

Practice Preschool Skills

  • Create a special art project for your teacher and give it to them when you return.
  • Practice cutting with scrap paper.
  • Practice counting noodles, buttons or objects around the house!

Play the “Sleeping” Game

  • Have your child pretend they are sleeping and chant “sleeping…sleeping” and when you wake up you are a…
  • At preschool we pick different animals, the child then pretends to act like that animal
  • Chant “sleeping…sleeping” and start again

Play the “Yahoo” Game

  • Use cards either numbers or letters
  • Pick 1 or 2 cards that are the Yahoo cards
  • When you flip to those cards your child dances and yells Yahoo.
  • You can take it step farther and ask for letter sounds or have them count to that number

Have a Safari Hunt

  • Gather your favorite stuffed animals
  • Hide the animals
  • Time to go on a Safari hunt around your house!

Make Playdough

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix well
  • Add food coloring of your choice
  • Store in an air tight container

Make Slime

Ingredients:

  • 4 pinches baking soda (about 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1  4-6 oz bottle of glue (glitter glue will work)
  • 1.5 tablespoons contact lens solution
  • add food coloring or paint for color

Directions:

  • Add ingredients in bowl mix well
  • For a swirl like color stir color in slowly once it thickens
  • For stretchier slime, add more warm water
  • For slime with too much liquid add more baking soda

Create an Obstacle Course

  • Use tape to mark the stations

Station Ideas:

  • Jump over broom
  • Crawl under two chairs with a string tied across
  • Side step between two couch cushions that are standing up
  • Hop into squares that were made with tape
  • Create a line with tape and walk backwards

For a fun twist, have your child carry a stuffed animal or pillow while completing the course.

Play Tag

  • Tunnel Tag: One play is It. When a player is tagged, he/she must remain frozen in place, with is legs spread apart, creating a tunnel. He can be unfrozen if a non-It player crawls under the leg tunnel. When all the players are frozen, a new It is chosen and play begins again.
  • Turtle Tag: One person is It. If a chased player gets tagged, she becomes frozen until she is tagged by another non-It player. To avoid being tagged, players can lay down on their backs with their hands and feet in the air. Players can only remain safe like this for 10 seconds.
  • Shipwrecked: One player is It. Before playing, designate safe zone circles. The number of safe zones is one fewer than the number of non-It players. When a player is in a safe zone, he cannot be tagged. Only one player is allowed in a safe zone at a time. Tip: determine how long a player can stay in a safe zone at any given time, such as 10 seconds. When a player is tagged, he becomes It.

    We would like to thank and acknowledge the Downers Grove Illinois Park District for originally publishing some of this material.

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