PRESCHOOL LEARNING ACTIVITIES
- Practice being gymnasts; hang from your knees on the swing set, set up a board for a balance beam, turn as many somersaults as you can, have a "follow the leader" floor routine.
- Pretend to be cars and see how softly (and without injuries) you can crash; talk about what real cars need to do to keep from crashing into each other.
- Play "Zig, Zag, Zap". Zig and zag around the room and if you bump into somebody or something you are zapped out of the game.
- Play some relaxing music with a definite beat. Practice inhaling and exhaling.
- Talk about what a staccato is and listen to some staccatos in music or on an instrument. What would you move like if you were a staccato?
- Listen to a recording of an orchestra. Make several "instruments" and have your own orchestra. Pretend to play to the recording with pretend instruments or the ones you have made.
- Make paper bag masks of monsters or mammals and wear them in putting on a play.
- Make your own ID card. Put your picture, your icon, a description of yourself, etc. on the card.
- Try several different kinds of painting: finger painting (use pudding), water colors, tempera, etc. Look at an artistís work (such as
and then using the different techniques, practice and make your own paintings. Then try to paint each others' portraits.
- Play with magnets. Hypothesize about what a magnet will attract and what it will repel, then test your hypothesis. How many paper clips will stick to one magnet?
- Find some things that are liquid and some things that are not. How do you make a solid become a liquid? Experiment with ice.
- Using pictures, talk about the characteristics of an insect (six legs, three sections of body, etc.). Go on a nature walk and study the insects you find. Inspect them to make sure they are insects.
- Make fruit and snack kabobs. Think of all the different things you could put on a kabob and have only kabob snacks for a few days.
- Squeeze some oranges and make your own juice. What else can you get juice from? Mix up samples of several different kinds of juice and have a taste test or see if you can guess by the color or taste what flavor it is.
- Gather all the ingredients and have each child make their own quesadilla. What different things could you put on a quesadilla? What ingredients would you use if you were making a quesailla for dessert? For breakfast?
- Pretend to be glaciers and have fun growing and then melting into an ocean or down a mountain.
- Take a pretend kayak trip with wooden spoons or broomsticks for oars and a narrow blanket to kneel on for a kayak.
Talk about what things you see as you kayak.
- Wrap each other up in toilet paper and pretend to be mummies.
- Gather some measuring tools and several different objects to measure. Which tool would you use to measure each object? What happens if you try to use the wrong tool? (for instance, measuring a pencil with a teaspoon, etc.)
- Collect a hundred of something. Is it a lot? What if you gathered 1,000 or 1,000,000? Talk about which would look like more: 100 houses, 100 hairs, 100 hamburgers, etc.
- Organize different size bowls or measuring cups in order from biggest to smallest, then order them in different ways.
- Say the poem of Humpty Dumpty. Ask if anyone thinks they could have put him back together again. Say the poem again, this time using an egg decorated to be Humpty Dumpty. Drop the egg off of a "wall" onto a hard surface. Now could they put him back together again. If youíre feeling brave let the children try it.
- Make up some silly nonsense words and use them in place of obvious words when you talk.
- Visit an orchard and eat some of the fruit. What kind of an orchard would you like best? Read Harvey Potters's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen. What funny things could you "grow" in an orchard? Make up a story about it.