If you’re looking for the top preschool activities this year, you’re in luck! Here at Fun-A-Day, we love finding and creating hands-on activities that preschoolers are sure to love. Check out this list of preschool favorites below.
As with many people, I find the new year to be a time of reflection. 2013 was a crazy busy year for me and my family, full of the usual ups and downs of life. A few of my favorite moments from the year:
- Holding and cuddling my new nephew!
- Taking an amazing sleeper train adventure with Engineer. He and I are still talking about it, months after the fact. We’re even thinking about planning our next train excursion!
- The “birth” of Fun-A-Day! I started this site in the summer of 2012 as a means to share ideas with friends and family. In February 2013, though, Fun-A-Day became a REAL blog where I can share activities and ideas with all of you, too!
Thank you so much for being a part of a great 2013! I hope you’ll continue to stop by and read about our learning adventures and share some of your own. Based on you, my darling readers, these were the top preschool activities of 2013:
1. Activities for a Preschool Camping Theme
Camping-related ideas for the kiddos, from a delicious treat to a unique art project to pretend play.
2. Teaching Children About Letters
Teaching children letters in real, meaningful ways! Includes background information, as well as tons of ideas to teach kiddos about letters!
3. 15+ Name Activities for Preschoolers
Some easy, fun ways for young kiddos to learn their names!
4. Icy, Fizzing Letters
A scented, frozen, FUN experiment that mixes science and literacy!
5. Math Activities for Preschoolers: One-to-One Correspondence
5 simple activities to teach young children the important skill of 1:1 correspondence.
6. Name Kits: Tools for Teaching Young Children Their Names
Oh, how I love using name kits to help kiddos learn to read and write their names! A very effective preschool tool!
7. 15 Ideas for a Preschool Farm Theme
Kid-approved activities for exploring a farm theme in preschool, kindergarten, or at home!
8. 20 Fine Motor Activities for Kids
A collection of ideas to get the children’s little fingers working out! Better yet, it’s all in the guise of FUN!
9. Eric Carle Activities for Preschoolers
Activities the preschoolers and I did as part of an Eric Carle author study.
10. Rhyming Activities for Children
10 super easy ways to get young children into rhyming! This is part 4 of a 5-part series about how to introduce and teach rhyming to kids.
Thanks for making 2013 a great year! I cannot wait to see what 2014 brings us!
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Hands-On Preschool Materials
It is imperative that we keep our classrooms stocked with materials that will give our students the hands-on learning experiences that they love (and need!). There are a few specific things that I always keep on-hand in my classroom. Check them out in the list below.
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- Safety scissors
- Dramatic play items
- Math manipulatives
- Dry erase markers
- Sensory items
- Play dough
- Craft supplies
- Playground balls
- Music and movement tools
- Books, books, and more books!
When it comes to preschool, this list is really just skims the surface of the wide variety of materials that can be used. The best thing about this age group is that they learn the most while playing. So, whether they’re playing on the playground, building with blocks, or creating a masterpiece, rest assured that the children are learning so many important skills, all while having fun!
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