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Preschoolers at Home

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

If you have preschoolers at home, there are many things you can do to help them develop their independence, learn and have fun.

READ


Want to create fond memories and develop a love of books in your child? Read with them as often as possible. Explore books and set an example. Reading to your preschooler is one of the best things you can do to help them develop language and literacy skills.


Choose books with bright pictures and simple stories that are age-appropriate. Preschoolers love novelty books with sounds and textures too. Repetitive patterns in books, allows them to anticipate what will happen next and become more secure in their early literacy skills. Having a selection of these books at home will support their learning.



PLAY


There are many games that can help preschoolers learn important skills like counting, colours, and shapes. Board games, puzzles, and memory games are all great options.


Preschoolers love to use their imagination, so encourage pretend play by providing them with props and costumes. This will help them develop their creativity and social skills.



CREATE


Preschoolers love to create art, so having art supplies like crayons, markers, paper, paint and other craft supplies can keep them engaged. Help them practice using scissors and glue, teach them how to do so safely. Allow them to make a mess and explore their creativity.


Allowing them to make a mess, doesn't mean absolute freedom and no responsibility. Preschoolers like routine and having set boundaries. Foster their independence by teaching them how to take care of these supplies and clean-up when they are finished.



EXPLORE


Preschoolers need plenty of time to play and run around outside. Take them to the park, go for a walk, or play in the backyard. If you can, taking them on outings to the zoo or a farm to learn about animals or camping to learn about nature are also fun, family activities.



COOK


Cooking with preschoolers can be a fun and educational activity. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Choose simple recipes that are easy to follow and don't require a lot of complicated steps. Simple recipes like fruit salad, smoothies, or homemade pizza are great options.

  2. Involve your child in the process, let your child help with measuring ingredients, stirring, and mixing. This will help them learn about measuring and following directions. Need to have them close, but don't want them sitting on the counter? Try a Montessori tower - they are fantastic for helping little ones reach the height they need to help in the kitchen.

  3. Cooking with preschoolers can be messy and time-consuming, so be patient and give your child plenty of time to explore and learn.

  4. Use cooking as an opportunity to talk to your child about healthy eating. Explain the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and encourage them to try new foods.

  5. Cooking should be a fun activity, so make it enjoyable for your child. Sing songs, dance around the kitchen, and make silly faces to keep your child engaged and excited.

  6. Cooking can be dangerous, so be sure to focus on safety. Teach your child about the importance of washing their hands, using oven mitts, and staying away from hot surfaces.

Cooking with preschoolers can be a great way to spend time together and teach them important life skills. With a little planning and patience, you and your child can create delicious meals and snacks together.



PRACTICE


Preschoolers are learning basic skills like brushing their teeth, getting dressed, tying their shoes, and using the toilet. Take the time to teach and practice these skills with them. Remember, preschoolers learn through play, so keep things fun and engaging. With a little creativity and patience, you can help your preschooler develop important skills and prepare for school.




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