Your preschooler probably comes home and says she didn’t learn anything that day. What? She spent hours at school and didn’t learn a thing? Preschoolers learn by playing, so she’s gathering new information each day, but she doesn’t realize it. Reinforcing what she learns at school is a fun way to build on her knowledge, and to find out what she already knows. Acorns abound in the fall, so they’re great for lots of fun activities. Collect them with her, if you can, or purchase them from a garden supply store, if you can’t find any in your area. For an afternoon of fun, invite some preschool friends over or even suggest some of these activities to your child’s preschool teacher.
Preschoolers love to look at nature, but they don’t always get the chance to look for long as you rush to finish one more thing on your list. How well you know! Gather acorns on a slow, lazy afternoon and place them in a container. Give your child a small magnifying glass and have her inspect each acorn. Ask her about the similarities and differences. Ask her if she knows which animals love to store acorns for the winter. (Hint: birds and squirrels are two such animals.) Ask her to group small acorns in one pile and large acorns in another.
Preschool-age children love tiny toys and objects because they’re easy to collect and carry around in little hands. This makes acorns ideal toys for your little ones, and they look like they’re wearing tiny hats. Acorns are tiny, but they’re just big enough so that you can give your preschooler a small paintbrush and craft paint and let him color the acorn. Then, he can use a fine tip marker to add faces. Turn these tiny acorns into family members and display them as fall decorations around the house. Call them monsters or aliens if they look more like ghouls than people.
If your child loves to make a mess (and who doesn’t?), then let her make a painting of acorns. Encourage the next abstract art movement and squeeze several colors of craft paint onto a paper plate. Give your child several acorns. Have her dip the acorn in the paint and let her roll it around on a large piece of paper. Or, show her how to dip the different parts of the acorn into paint and then stamp the acorn onto the paper. Call it acorn painting or abstract art to make it sound more fun.
Do you spend a good part of your day guessing secrets from your preschooler? And does she laugh with glee when you’re wrong? Foster the fun by playing guessing games with your collection of acorns. Put them in a jar and let your child guess how many there are. Fudge the numbers, if you have to, or this game might stop being fun — and fast. Ask your child how many acorns she can hold in her hand, how many she can jump over or how many she can toss into a bowl. If you make a guess too, it will be fun for her — especially if you pretend that she’s right and you’re wrong.
As the pressure to pass standardized tests increases, even preschools are spending more time on strictly academic subjects. Instead of a general introduction to the alphabet, many preschools include a ...Read More
Just because your little learner's lead teacher makes it look easy, doesn't mean that acting as an early childhood educator is simple. Teaching preschool age children requires highly specialized training ...Read More
The best time to send your child off to school depends largely on whom you ask. Proponents of starting kindergarten as early as possible believe it gives a child a ...Read More
Your little one may face a culture shock in daycare if your Christian values prevent him from doing things that are common in many daycare centers. That does not mean ...Read More
In the world of foster care and adoption, when it comes to siblings, keeping them together is always the first choice. Even though in your mind, you see yourselves all ...Read More
Most parents adore that toothless gummy grin, but whether you like it or not, teeth begin to surface as your baby turns around 6 months old and his first milk ...Read More
You can use the camera on your iPod Touch to take VGA-quality photos and store them on the device, but you can also transfer high-quality photos from your computer to ...Read More
Because it's not enough that your preschooler or kindergartner can build an amazing sand castle and (almost) tie her own shoes -- now you have to worry about her math ...Read More
While an early educational program might not ensure that your preschooler is Harvard bound, it can help her to learn better. Whether you are looking to build on a specific ...Read More
In the beginning of the PC revolution, when monitors where often 12 to 14 inches in size, using your keyboard directly in front of the screen was not an option; ...Read More
Instilling self-control by establishing and sticking with rules is the name of the game when it comes to reigning in misbehaving toddlers and preschoolers. Self-control -- something many adults could ...Read More
As the mom of a toddler or preschooler, you are probably well acquainted with the magic of dipping. There's just something about dunking her meal that can get even the ...Read More
Potty training is a normal part of every child's physical and emotional development, but not every child develops at the same pace. If your child is resistant to potty training ...Read More
The grief that accompanies parental death can trigger psychological side effects for your child. If these psychological effects are long term or if they interfere with your child’s emotional or ...Read More
According to the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, 80 percent of children living in the United States have at least one sibling. Many children have more than one sibling, and ...Read More
There are a number of psychological tests used to measure intellectual ability in children, but there are a limited number that are available for preschool-aged children. Although measurement of skills ...Read More
Toddlers are curious by nature. Young children in the toddler stage are discovering their independence and are interested in exploring the world around them. However, their exploration can lead to ...Read More
You don't have to break the bank to throw your little one a top-notch bash. Free or low-cost places such as public parks are creative alternatives to the more pricey ...Read More
If you're looking for a fun activity for you and your preschooler, (and an unforgettable party treat) these puppy cupcakes are sure to please. If you want to get creative ...Read More
Sensory play activities are enjoyable and educational for your toddler or preschooler. You're encouraged to join in the fun but expect to get your hands messy! Any pastime that stimulates ...Read More