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      Pre-K Educational Activities

      Author: Mallory French

      • Children in Pre-K are eager to learn, and with quick and easy preparation, you can help your children enjoy some fun learning experiences at home.
      • Enjoyable activities for Pre-K kids include a scavenger hunt, sidewalk paint, clay, and other similar, simple items.
      • Pre-K is the perfect time to help your child develop a love of learning because playtime can also be learning time.

      Pre-K Educational Activities

      Children who are of Pre-K age are always on the lookout for something fun to do. They’re also quite inquisitive and always eager to learn. This is the best time to make playtime and learning time one and the same with educational Pre-K activities you can do at home with your kids. Check it out!

      Set Up a Photo Scavenger Hunt

      Whether you have an old digital camera or will let your Pre-K child use the camera on your smartphone, a photo scavenger hunt will keep your child busy for hours. Make a list of things your child should find and take pictures of. If the child can already read, you can list the written words. If your child cannot read, add some clipart to the word so the child can start to recognize what the words are.

      Hand over the camera and the list and see what your child finds. When the hunt is over, you can sit together to check out the photos. Some ideas for your list include:

      • Different shapes
      • Different colors of specific items, such as flowers or picture frames
      • Specific items in the home, such as “a blue lamp” or “Mom’s slippers”
      • Generic items, such as “a doorknob” or “a chair”

      You could also get quite specific by taking photos of items yourself and adding those as thumbnails with the word list you give your child. For example, you might take a close-up photo of a brick on your home. The list would say “rectangle brick” and include the photo you took.

      Paint the Alphabet With Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

      Using a recipe for fizzy sidewalk paint, make your child a few batches of different colored sidewalk paint. Using a pastry brush (you can typically get these at the dollar store), start painting the sidewalk. Don’t worry; this paint easily washes off the sidewalk! You can work on letters, numbers, or shapes. You can teach your child how to write his or her name and can use the paint to do it outside in the sun.

      The fizzy sidewalk paint recipe uses baking soda, and anyone who has ever attended middle school science class knows that baking soda and vinegar create a cool reaction. Give your child a spray bottle full of vinegar and let him or her go to town, spraying the creations and watching them fizz. When you’re done, just spray it all down with a hose!

      Graph With Dried Beans

      To help build your child’s math skills, all you need is a piece of paper and a bag of assorted dried beans. If you have a piece of graph paper containing one-inch squares, you can use that. If not, draw a grid yourself using a ruler and a pencil.

      To begin the activity, give your child a handful of the assorted dried beans with the piece of graph paper. Start by asking the child to sort the beans into different groups based on characteristics such as size, color, or shape. If you have red, brown, black, and white beans, ask the child to place the red beans on the graph, adding only one bean per square. How many red beans are on the graph? Have the child add another color and count those. Which color has the most beans on the graph?

      Depending on your child’s math level, you could start doing addition and subtraction with the graph and the beans. For example, you could have the child put three black beans on the graph. Ask, “If you have three black beans and you add two red beans, how many do you have altogether?” The child would then add the two red beans and count them all up. Don’t panic if your child can’t do simple addition or subtraction yet. It will come with time!

      Play With Clay

      There are endless Pre-K activities you could do with clay. With a simple clay recipe, you can mix up a variety of colors for your child. You can work on color activities, asking the child to build a rainbow, sort balls of clay by color, mix colors to see what other colors are created, and so forth. You can work on letter recognition by building different letters of the alphabet with the clay. You could do the same for numbers. You can work on math skills by rolling balls of clay to use for counting or adding.

      With your homemade clay, you can also make different shapes and put them together to see what the child comes up with. You can teach about 3D shapes, such as cylinders, cones, pyramids, and cubes. Ask the child to put some of those shapes together to make common items found around your neighborhood, such as a pyramid atop a cube, making a house.

      You can also use the clay to do a tracing activity. Make shapes, letters, or numbers out of the clay and place them on a piece of paper. With a crayon, your child can trace the items you have made. Move the clay out of the way, and your child has something fun to decorate with other crayon colors.

      Figure Out How To Count Money

      To teach your child about money, head to the bank to withdraw a couple of rolls each of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Begin by sorting them so your child can see that there are four different types of coins. Talk about the different amounts each coin is worth.

      You can practice counting to 100 in multiple ways. Start with the pennies and count by ones. Move up to the nickels and count by fives, then on to the dimes to count by tens. After a while, when you feel your child is ready, take a field trip to a thrift store or corner gas station and let your child count out the coins to pay for a small treat.

      Take Inventory of a Garden or Other Items in Nature

      Getting out in nature is something every Pre-K kid will enjoy. Give your child a clipboard with a piece of paper that lists things you could find out in nature. You could make a list specific to a vegetable garden you have in the yard, or you can come up with other random items. You might include ladybugs, ants, dead leaves, twigs, red flowers, black rocks, flowering trees, pokey bushes, and other similar items. Go on a nature walk around the yard, neighborhood, or a local park and have your child watch for the items on the list.

      When you come across something on the list, your child can put a tally mark next to that item on the paper. When you get done with the inventory, talk about the things your child observed. Ask questions like, “Why do you think there were so many ladybugs on that particular bush?” or “Why do you think we have so many zucchini but not very many watermelons?” This will get your child thinking and discovering why certain things happen in nature and how people in the community could have an impact.

      Have a Good Time

      At Casa de Corazón, we are all about learning and getting our kids involved in the discovery of new things while having a good time. If you’re interested in learning more, contact us today to find out how we can help your school-aged child grow and develop with activities that pair well with a Pre-K education. Call (612) 886-2453 and we can help you find the closest location to enroll your child or provide information on how you can start your own franchise.