Here's a game that builds listening skills and encourages your child to think about cause and effect. This game can be played with friends at a party or by an adult and child on a quiet day.
This activity may help your child to feel and express empathy.
Help your child feel more self-confident in social situations by talking about and working on specific friend-making strategies.
Steal a teacher trick for helping kids understand time and sequence: create a reusable day planner.
Who knew the perfect preschool food would also make the perfect crafting material?
Help your child extend patterns with colorful shapes you create.
Help your child sharpen her five senses and explore the world around her.
One of the most important aspects of thinking in all of mathematics is inference. Help your child develop his ability to infer with this activity.
Start a music collection for your child, and expose your child to a variety of musical styles.
Puppets are a perfect tool for your child to express himself and put his active imagination to use.
This fun art project will also help keep your child’s toys, treasures and tools organized.
Help your child make waves with this fun and easy art project.
Your child will know which way the wind blows after she creates a colorful windsock.
With your child, create an impression that will last a lifetime.
These decorative crafts can be tailored to any holiday.
Strike a chord in your child’s music interests by helping him make his own box guitar.
Help your child make his own version of a rain stick.
This activity will help reveal your child’s artistic abilities.
Here’s an activity to help your child identify and sort different measurements.
Here's a rainbow-colored sorting activity that's perfect for a rainy day.
Here's a hands-on matching activity using common objects around the house.
This activity will increase matching skills and burn energy on days stuck indoors.
This colorful activity works on your child's pattern recognition.
Encourage your child to use his imagination by acting out one of his favorite stories for you.
Let your child use their imaginations while making gift giving more personal.
The restriction of resources can inspire creativity and inventiveness.
Discover how your child sees you.
Let your child create colorful picture frames that show off his artistic masterpieces or favorite family photographs.
Have your child create illustrations or fashion arts and crafts that illustrate popular fairy tales.
Help your child gain practice in sorting and sequencing.
Help your child explore the world through the sense of touch.
Give your little explorer a magnifying glass and go on a bug hunt together.
Play “what’s missing” with your preschooler to improve her memory skills.
This activity will give your child the opportunity to express feelings and unleash their imaginations.
Your home can be a museum when you artfully display your things. Use this activity to talk about how and why we use the things around the house.
These decorative crafts can be tailored to any holiday.
This game is perfect for a camp fire, slumber party or long car ride. Kids of all ages can play together.
Make a set of "alphabet drops" and help your child learn the letters while staying active.
This activity will help your child create compound words.
Use a pretend shopping trip to practice recognizing letter sounds.
Help your child recognize words that rhyme.
Create new words by changing the beginning sound.
Show your child the differences between uppercase and lowercase letters.
Help your child practice putting sounds together to make words.
Help reinforce the alphabet with tactile letters the two of you make together.
Here’s a great way to learn the alphabet while playing outdoors.
With your child, make a book of the alphabet that your child can refer to over and over again.
With your child, make a book of the alphabet using animals as letter reminders.
Turn listening for consonant blends into a carnival game.
Use simple riddles to encourage your child to make rhymes.
Use charades as a way to teach new vocabulary.
Build your child's vocabulary with this action word game.
Using silly surfaces to practice writing letters or words makes learning fun.
Help your child learn to print his first name.
Help your child match the letters of the alphabet with the sounds they make.
Make Letter Boxes to help practice recognizing the sounds for each letter.
Use play dough to shape letters, then play a letter guessing game.
Cooking with your child can be a great way to reinforce early math skills such as measuring and counting. Try this easy granola recipe that's fun for kids to make and eat!
Let your child practice number sequencing by playing fill-in-the-blank on the refrigerator door.
Combine science and nature to help your child count.
This number learning activity will keep them hopping!
Snack time is the perfect time for addition practice.
Use buttons to teach your child the different number combinations that add up to 10.
Teach volume and capacity by encouraging your child to guess how many scoops of rice will fill different size containers.
Block out time for playting with blocks! Blocks are great math tools.
Give your child practice recognizing different shapes.
Armed with a ruler or tape measure, set your child loose to measure the world.
Help your child establish the the one-to-one connection between number and object.
Use this simple experiment to introduce your child to basic science skills.
Create rudimentary photographs with your child and teach her the power of the sun.
Give your child the chance to explore ecological diversity with this activity.
Simulate volcanic action in your own backyard as you stimulate your child's interest in science.
Create some tasty treats for the wildlife in your child’s own backyard.
This activity introduces your child to botany, demonstrating how roots absorb water and anchor a plant in the ground.
Take a field trip with your child and explore how food gets to the dinner table.
Your curious preschooler finds learning fun. It's important for parents to nurture this love for learning now, while attitudes toward learning are being formed.
Many preschool teachers agree that a child's preschool readiness depends more on her individual personality and temperament—a combination of mental, physical and emotional traits—than her so-called "academic" abilities. Even so, our developmental checklist can help you and your child get ready for this big step.
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