Preschool Activities

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Simple Preschool Activities to do at Home

Part of our job as moms is preparing our children for school. My children have been more than prepared for Kindergarten with only using these activities for teaching your preschool child at home, whether you homeschool or supplement after school. You can do so much at home simply! Here is a little more creativity and guidance to make this time fun!

 

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Indoor Active Sensory Play with Shaving Cream
With these tips you can break up an indoor day with some active sensory and gross motor play! Get moving with this simple and fun sensory exploration activity for preschool.

Bang the Box Preschool Activity
Using a box, stickers and a toy hammer, you can create a simple learning activity to teach letters, colors, and even sight words!

Fun Discovery for Sidewalk Chalk Art
Great for Summer or any time when the weather is nice, we discovered a way to make our chalk art even more fun! My art-loving child thought this was so fun.

Dinosaur Tracks Book-Based Activity for Kids
This activity is featured in the Story Book Summer Series where bloggers share activities that connect with books and explore concepts and themes kids love! This activity shows you a simple way to create DIY dinosaur footprint sponges to create painted dinosaur tracks. Great book and a lot of fun!

Learn Shapes with Shaving Cream Sensory Play
Create these easy waterproof shape mats so your child can learn to form the shapes while playing with shave cream!

Hands-On Spelling Activity for Preschool
Free printable letters and paper plates make this a fun and easy learning game to teach preschoolers how to spell their name. A process-based activity, this one incorporates art and literacy skills.

Learn to Count with Play Dough
Use play dough to create this simple self-correcting counting game that helps children learn counting, number identification, and one to one correspondence.

Learning to Write the Alphabet with Cotton Swab Painting
Combining art and pre-writing practice to learn how to write the alphabet letters. (Great for reluctant learners and children who love to paint!)

Personalized Songs that Teach
Teach your child to spell their name and count numbers in order with two simple songs!

One Item Activity Series
A running series of activities that require only one item to prep for a bunch of learning and fun.

DIY Yoga Mat Hopscotch Activity
Three supplies are all you need to create this simple hopscotch mat for indoor gross motor play. Keeps kids moving on the indoor bad weather days.

Skeleton Anatomy Activity for Kids
Two free printables plus the child’s own picture help even the young child see what their bones look like in their body. Book list of children’s books about the human body also included.

Color Bear Pattern Folder Game
Simple busy bag activity that teaches the math concept of patterning. You can use sorting bears or Legos!

Learning About Patterns with Colored Tape
With a package of multi-colored tape purchased at your local hardware store, you can create a simple and educational table activity for your preschooler to learn about patterns.

Oats and Salt Sensory Bin
Part of the 40 Days of Sensory Bin Fillers series. I include a few quick tips for using sensory experiences indoors.

Service Project for Kids
Here is a simple idea for teaching kids about their environment, personal responsibility and taking care of the Earth.

Learning Letters and Shapes with Stickers
Do you have a ton of stickers in the house and not really sue how to use them up? Try this easy-to-create activity that reinforces shapes and/or letters.

Homemade Summer Fun with Kids
A few preschool activities for summer time whether you are playing indoors or out.

Learning Games with Cardboard Tube Apple Trees
Cardboard tubes are great for creating and these activities use cardboard tube trees as the base for learning a lot of math and literacy skills-7 activities are explained!

Learn Animal Names with Animal Nametags
Toy animals are always a hit in our house, and we added a little literacy with this preschool activity.

Yarn Pictures
A simple fine motor exercise, art activity, and practice using glue. All you need is paper, yarn and glue!

DIY Games Using DVD cases
I shared a few ideas for activities using old DVDs and DVD cases. They make great quiet time preschool activities, or activities for your next car trip.

Large “I Spy” Bottle and Printable Search Activity Sheet
The I Spy bottle is an often shared idea on blogs. I decided to make mine extra large to add some fun and extra objects. This post also shares how to make your own search worksheet to create a fun write-on activity from the I Spy Bottle.

Simple Bean Bag Toss Game!
Homemade bean bag tutorial and a toss game that teaches math concepts but only requires a cardboard box.

You can find even more preschool activities HERE!

For more information about the development of Preschoolers, check out my post: Crash Course in Child Development: Preschoolers.

This list of preschool activities is featured in A Complete Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms: Kids Activities. View the BIG collection of activities for infants, toddlers and preschool HERE.

 

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Comments

  1. Amber Chapman says

    You may not have any control over what is being advertised on your website, but I thought you should be aware that in the current ad , there are people having sex advertising “Invisible” condoms. I wasn’t really expecting that on a preschool website.

    • Jaimi says

      Thank you, Amber. I will report that ad. I do have an ability to block content and that should have already been blocked. Thank you for letting me know so I can take care of it.

  2. says

    This preschool activity list is just what I need with summer here and my daughter already complaining that she is bored. We try and change up our daily activities but it is definitely easy to fall into a bit of a rut. Can't wait to try some of these out! Thanks so much for putting together such a comprehensive guide, your blog is great!

    • says

      Thank you, Jody! I love exploring all you offer with your blog too. I have saved some great DIY ideas using essential oils that I can't wait to try!

  3. says

    There is a complete and impressive collection of activities for three year olds. At an age when 3 year olds are busy exploring everything around them, these exercises will help them absorb new concepts faster and better.

    • says

      I have used them with my children and can agree with you that they do teach. It is so nice that simple activities can do so much to help children learn. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  4. says

    Thank you so much for this! I stay at home with my toddler. My husband and I are blessed to be able to work from home. She is special needs (a little behind on her speech and following directions) so I'm always looking for activities that will help her. I find that most activities can be modified if need be. I just love being home with her!

    • says

      Jenn, that is great to hear that you can be home (both you and your husband) and attend to her needs. Thanks for stopping by! Take care.

  5. Brittanie says

    Oh, my goodness! I absolutely love these ideas! I've been a nanny for the past 5 years now and just recently started caring for new age groups, newborns to preschoolers. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to keep them occupied and interested in learning new skills and fun activities. It's been a challenge considering their attention spans are so short! lol! Anyway, I appreciate it and thank you so much!

  6. Anonymous says

    Thank you so much for these ideas i have three under the age of four and i was working but now im home full time and couldnt think of any new ideas thanks for being so creative i cant wait to get started

  7. says

    OK this is my first time commenting EVER on anything internet related but I am just so appreciative for the amazing ideas that you have taken the time to share with us. I can't wait to do some of these activities with my children your clearly a great mother I hope to be doing as good a job with my children as your doing with yours! Thanks again!

    • says

      Hi, Amber! I am sure you are a great mom. We are each what our children need. I have my good days and my bad. I am so glad that you are going to try some of these activities with your children! I wish you the best with it. Enjoy your time with your children.

  8. Anonymous says

    Hi Jaimi! I absolutely love these activities, they are creative, fun and original! I praise you for thinking of these, you are a great woman! I have already started using these activities in my field placement! Thanks! – E. H.

    • says

      Well that is a very kind comment! Thank you so much. I am really happy that you can use them in your field work. Enjoy your time teaching and thanks for sharing with me!

  9. says

    These ideas are so great!!!!! I am constantly pinning activities but this post is perhaps one of the most comprehensive. The best part is all the activities are easy to set up, economical and utilize stuff from around the house. This would make a wonderful comprehensive hand out to give to parents for ideas at home to help preschoolers prepare for school and keep them busy. Kudos to you for one of the best blog posts I have every read for early learning (trust me I have read thousands).

    • says

      That is high praise! Thank you! I do plan on eventually making a hard copy version of activities to help parents. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing!

  10. Anonymous says

    Jaimi, thank you so much!!!! As a SAHM to 2 boys, (3 and 1) and very limited income, I worried about getting my sons ready for school. I found your site 3 days ago and tried the dry erase numbers, and the name on bottle caps as I had all the materials in my house. My 3 year old loves it! And my husband and I were very happy that you shared so many great and cheap ideas to help us out. I am excited to try all the other ideas too! Thanks!!!!—————-Alini

    • says

      You are so very welcome! You will be great at preparing your sons for school. I am so glad that you found this list and I look forward to posting more so that you will have many more ideas to try! All the best to you and your family!

  11. says

    This has got to be one of the best sites I've found! I'm pregnant with my second and now a stay at home mom for my four yr old son! I have gotten so many awesome ideas from this page! I don't want him to miss out on anything! I wanna prepare him for kindergarten and I'm sure that thanks to this page he will be more than prepared!

    • says

      Amanda, that is great for me to read! I am so glad that the activities here will be useful in your home. You will have him prepared for Kindergarten for sure! Congrats on the pregnancy, getting to stay home, and I wish you the best with it all!

    • says

      You are too kind, Brenda. I thank you for that nice comment. :) I am so glad that you will be trying some of these at home. All the best to you and your family!

  12. says

    My son, diagnosed with autism and leukemia, spends a lot of time in the home. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. I use them and am seeing progress. You are, as previously stated….amazing!

    • says

      Ruby, that is high praise, and I am so thankful that the activities are working for you and are beneficial for your son! Your's might be one of my most favorite comments on this blog. YOU are amazing for caring for your son and looking for ways to enrich his life. All the best and I will be keeping you both in my prayers.

  13. says

    wow this are great I'm a young mother of two and i feel really lost sometimes is not easy by myself but i know is possible and this page just gave me so much hope and motivation. Im putting it to the test right now thks for sharing this with everyone God Bless You and your family……

    • says

      Yomaira, I am so glad you found this and am excited for you to get support and encouragement. That is why I do this! I appreciate you letting me know and wish you the best as you try some of these ideas out in your home.

  14. says

    I'm a vision therapist, and many of your activities are helpful in building visual perceptual skills. Thank you for sharing, and I love the pictures you include to explain what to do. :)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Jen. I am so glad to know there is another layer of benefit to these activities. It makes me happy when people find them useful and educational. I appreciate you sharing with me.

    • says

      Thanks, Amy! I am so glad that more moms and/or teachers can get a glimpse and possibly try it out in their homes/classrooms. Take care!

  15. says

    These ideas are fantastic!! I've made two of these projects today in preparation for our new school year. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous ideas with this homeschool newbie!

    • says

      I appreciate that. I just try to learn from my mistakes and use what I can each day to engage my children. We have rough days, but many more good ones! Thanks for your kind comment.

  16. says

    Jaimi, this page is fantastic! Thanks for sharing all these ideas. I can't wait to start these activities with my princess. She is so bright that i want to engage her to learn in a fun way and i found so many ideas here that i know she defenetly enjoy. Thanks a lot for creating this page . May God bless you.

    • says

      Thank you so much! I am so glad to see the excitement in your words as you are eager to engage your daughter. How blessed is she to have you?! I wish you the best and may God bless you and your family as well. Have fun!

  17. says

    Jaimi, this page is fantastic! Thanks for sharing all these ideas. We live in a very rural area, and have a corresponding lifestyle. :) I find most days I end up trying to make fun activities out of the work I have to get done (i.e., caring for animals, planting/gardnening/harvesting/cooking/canning, etc.). I know a lot of that is good for my son (3 yrs old), but I'm also very aware I'm letting some learning opportunities slip by. He's VERY bright, and could be learning more if I focused on some structured, fun and educational activities each day. However, I'm a terrible planner. I know if I don't have some sort of pre-defined schedule, I will continue to let it get away from me. Do you have or know of a printable calendar or "lesson plan" with activities such as you have suggested above? Such a tool would help me tremendously! Thanks again!

    • says

      Thank you, Ginny! I am sure that with all of the activities you engage in on a daily basis your son is learning a lot! It is amazing what just doing our regular household work each day can and does teach our children. I do understand your desire to want to teach more academic skills as well. I am in the process of altering a lesson planning worksheet that I used while teaching to be more updated and conducive to the planning that a mom needs to do in a day. I did however do a search for "mom lesson plan," "homeschool lesson plan," and "daily planning template" and found so many different styles and formats. Some are broken down by hours in the day, others are just list the day of the week with a space for planning what you'd like to cover. You may want to check out white board calendar planners. That way it is reusable, you can adjust as the week progresses and everything can stay organized. I have one I purchased at Target. I hope that can at least get you moving in the direction you'd like to go, and I will get my lesson plan up and ready for free download ASAP! Thanks so much for your question and kind comments.

  18. says

    Thank You for this list. It is wonderful. I have to take my children with me to work quite a bit and not only are these activities for stay-at-home moms but they keep my daughter quite while I am sitting at work playing the piano. I have been esp. looking for letter and number activities and you have so many great ones to change up the ones that I have been doing.

    • says

      Amalie, I am so glad to hear that they are helping out! I think that is so cool that you get to take your kids to work with you. They get to see what you do and are still under your care. Awesome! Have fun with the activities and all the best to you and your family!

  19. says

    I came across your website, calling for help on what to do with them on the weekend in the winter.In my community we recycle a lot so I have all the materials in hand to my surprise, but never thought to take a time to figure out to use them with my kids. Most of our activities will be set up with books I buy from the stores. Then I realized I was enjoying what I was doing with my kids. With a handful of toddlers I notice that the books weren't so exited for them. I am very exited to see new ideas my kids love your creativity and I enjoy them learning so much, I have been motivated to become a teacher to see more smiling faces as they learn. God Bless an Happy Mothers Day

    • says

      Carla, that is so great! Thank you for sharing with me. I wish you the best with your children and in your goal to become a teacher. Very exciting!

  20. Anonymous says

    I am a special education teacher who has decided to take a break from teaching in order to stay home with my little ones. In looking at your page, I am so very impressed and excited. A lot of these activities take place in the classroom. I am looking forward to doing these with my children! Thank you so much!

    • says

      I am so excited for you and your children! Enjoy your opportunity to be home with them. Thank you for sharing such kind thoughts about this page. I appreciate the nice feedback. I will be adding more activities to this page very soon! All the best to you and your family!

    • says

      Hi Becky, I am so glad that you can use some of these ideas in your home. Thank you for such a nice comment. I actually store each activity in a gallon-sized zip-top bag and then have two fabric bins (like you can find at Target or other stores)for each child and their games are in their bins. I will be posting about it soon to show the specifics, but here is a similar idea that I posted previously:

      http://www.thestay-at-home-momsurvivalguide.com/2011/10/easy-organization.html

      Thanks again and enjoy the time with your children!

    • says

      Ha ha! I hear ya. You are very welcome. These come from my own bins of activities from when I was teaching and from my own home when I create activities to use with my kiddos, so there could be some overlap with other sites out there since there are a lot of creative mommas around the internet, but I do try to keep this list original. I am glad that that is a welcome aspect of this blog site. I appreciate you sharing!

  21. Sally C says

    Thank you so much for all this valuable information you've shared. The kids are benefiting so much. We've always drawn, playdoughed, played outdoors etc but I was really starting to worry about my 3 year old getting bored with her 1 year old brother; now we've got lots planned. Thanks again. :)

  22. obxdoodlebug says

    Just found this site today and you have done an amazing job! Thank you so much for taking the time to post so many ideas. Can't wait to start using them with my great grandson this summer as i will have him each day. so many ideas.

    • says

      Thank you for the nice comment! I appreciate it. Enjoy the time you will have with your grandson-what a lucky guy to have such a caring grandma! Take care!

  23. Anonymous says

    these are awesome ideas cant wait to try them with my son. i think he will have lots of fun with them .

    • says

      Kelly, YOU are awesome for taking on service in your life with your two and your two foster kids! It is the best comment for me to read that the kids will like the activities-that is the ultimate! I am so glad you stopped by and shared. Take care and thank you for all you are doing for your family!

  24. Anonymous says

    I am a preschool teacher and I love finding new and exciting ways to engage my children. Great ideas!!!

    • says

      Great! I am so glad to hear that there are some new ones here that look interesting. Thanks for sharing and thank you for teaching little ones! All the best.

  25. says

    So many fun activities on this page. You are very creative in making fun activities with your children. So much to teach our children, and teaching them things in a fun way is fantastic.

  26. Anonymous says

    These are awesome ideas. Even with an early childhood masters degree, I sometimes have trouble thinking of other things to do during the day. I can't wait to find time to make some of the activities…first I have to find my laminator!

    • says

      Thanks so much for the nice compliment! I am glad that you think they will be helpful. Sounds like you have a lot of beneficial education to draw from and I am sure it comes in very handy. Enjoy the activities and thank so much for sharing your thoughts! Good luck finding the laminator. :)

    • says

      They are very easy to do in the home or in a classroom. I was originally a teacher, so my classroom roots come out with my kids at home. Thank you for sharing!

  27. says

    I have a question about something that I'm dealing with and I would love to get your opinion on it. Well, My son is 3 years old and he is the only child and preschool is an option for him..We are on a waiting list for him to get into preschool where we live and time is TICKING..So me and my husband agreed to just pay for him to go to preschool which is $150.00 a week. They have a preschool curriculum for them to follow to prepare them for kindergarten. As I am going over the finances I'm questioning can we even afford it since I'm a SAHM and my husband is the only one working and I have 3 major school loans to pay off. We both agreed that we want him around other kids because I know that is what our son wants since he is the only child. Now we are debating should we only enroll him in preschool part time which is 80.00 a week attending 3 days a week and the other days that he isn't in school just home school him. My sister she didn't go to preschool at all she didn't go to until she was as the kindergarten age and my Stepmom did preschool activities at home with her full time. What is your advice? You can email me at dowhatulove365@gmail.com , My blog is http://introvertentrepreneurialdiva.wordpress.com…sorry this is so long

    • says

      Hi Shari, don't worry about the length of your comment, I am happy to read it and respond. I will email this to you as well just in case it's easier for you to get it there, but will leave this up here as well in case other parents have the same concern.

      Considering the finances is SO important. You are smart to be looking at your home budget. I think preschool for 3 and 4 year olds is completely optional. It is not required to prepare a child for Kindergarten if you are teaching them letters, numbers, gross motor skills (throwing, catching, running, skipping, hopping) and reading them books every day. I do think at 3-4 years old it is important for children to play and interact with other children and attend events where they have to listen to directions from other adults. This can be done in playgroups, family events if you have nieces and nephews, neighborhood playtime, or library storytime-type-events. Children do not NEED to go to preschool.

      If you really think that your budget is going to be tight with full-week preschool, consider a part time schedule. I send my 4 1/2 year old 3 mornings a week, but it is $200 per month. They do a great job, but my son learned a lot at home prior to starting preK and he did not go until he was 4. I think it's best that children wait to enter 'school environments' until they are fully potty trained, and at least 3 years old. I know not everyone can do that, but it's hard when preschool teachers are trying to teach and still getting interrupted by potty training.

      If I were you I would look at the 3-day option, and even half days instead of full days if that is offered. Next year your child will be in school full days, so you both will get a lot less time together. You teaching him at home doing activities like the ones I have posted on this site will supplement Preschool and prepare him for Kindergarten. If you decide that you have storytime events and family events, etc. that give your child enough interaction with other children, then you could even skip preschool. I don't know your child and his skill level right now, but there are developmental checklists available that you can use to guide what he will need to know for Kindergarten. I have one that I have used linked in this post:

      http://www.thestay-at-home-momsurvivalguide.com/2011/09/1st-post-redux-from-facebook.html

      I will be updating that page to include an actual Preschool assessment that I used to use for my preschoolers when I was teaching to be sure they were ready for Kindergarten. I hope some of this can help. Let me know what else I can do! Best to you and your family!

  28. says

    Amazing ideas and SO creative (which I lack). My son is only 10 months but ive already bookedmarked this to use when he gets older! Any suggestions on thjngs I could be working with him now on?

  29. says

    Amazing ideas and SO creative (which I lack). My son is only 10 months but ive already bookedmarked this to use when he gets older! Any suggestions on thjngs I could be working with him now on?

  30. says

    Just a suggestion: For things like tracing letters, circling objects, mazes and the like where my son will be writing on the paper AND I plan to use it more than once—I print one copy (or tear the page out of the workbook) and laminate it. Then I just have him use washable or dry-erase markers and I can use the same page forever. This has saved me a ton! I also laminate things I plan to cut into cards (so they last longer) and, of course, I laminate my son's artwork!

    If you don't want to invest in a laminator you can use zipper bags for a dry-erase/washable surface. BTW, before I got the laminator I would scan pages from workbooks into the computer so that I can re-print them rather than have to buy another book.

  31. Anonymous says

    really excited to try these..i have an almost 4 yr old and i watch my friends daughter who's the same age, once a week and have been looking for things for them to do that are fun but that they can learn from.
    thank you for So Many Great ideas

  32. Anonymous says

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! I have 3 boys ages 5, 3 and 1. I engaged my oldest non-stop, but have been lazier (well, busy really!) with the second. It was so nice to be inspired again! :) Gillian

    • says

      Yes, I completely understand how when going from the first to the second there is less time with the second child. You will be a pro now with three! I am glad that these ideas offered some inspiration and I wish you well.

  33. Anonymous says

    How excited I am to find this! I am home with my four year old and have been struggling to get him interested in learning his lettersand numbers. these ideas may just sneak the learning in on him ! Thanks so much!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Sarah. It is nice to get feedback like your commeny so I know that the effort is well worth it. I am so glad to know that so many moms can use these ideas. Take care!

  34. says

    You have so many creative ideas here! I can't believe this is all one blog post– you really ought to make this all into an ebook or printed book! Good photos and the activities look very doable, educational, and fun!

    • says

      Thank you, Diane! I am working on it. :) Two busy kids keep my focus most of the time, but I do have plans in the works for some off-shoot products from this list. I appreciate your encouragement and suggestion. This list is a work-in-progress and there is much more to come from this site. Take care!

  35. Anonymous says

    Omg this is amazing I was at my wits end trying to figure out how to entertain my 3 yr old without her sitting in front of the TV all day I am soooooo gonna try these staring today. I love it!!!!!!!!!! Thanks a lot

  36. says

    Wonderful! I have been teaching for a long time and have three children of my own…this is a GREAT collection of some favorite activities, and some new ones I have not seen/tried. Yes, even teachers have brain farts and can't think of anything interesting to do with their children!
    Will be sharing on my personal and professional pinterest board! Wishing you lots of traffic! Well done.

    • says

      Great! As a former teacher, I know that feeling of trying to find something new, but wanting it to be a great teaching tool. I am so glad you will be sharing. I appreciate that. All the best to you!

  37. Anonymous says

    Thanks so much for these great ideas! I am a Speech Therapist and I used to work in the schools but now I do home-based therapy. I work with several preschool age kiddos which is new to me. I am constantly struggling for new ideas that will keep these little guys interested. These activities are great and I cannot wait to start using them during my therapy sessions! :) you rock!

    • says

      Well, I think you rock for working with children and especially in therapy! What a service you provide to those kiddos and their families. I truly appreciate your kind words about this site. It makes me feel that it is all worth it.

  38. Anonymous says

    I always pin lots of blogs like this since I am a stay at home mom with no creativity. I have to say those this is the best ideas I have ever seen. They are great games that can really grow with your child.

    • says

      Thank you so much for THAT awesome compliment! I really appreciate it. I agree with you that most of the activities that I have posted for all the age groups can be easily adapted to learning styles and developmental need. Simple is usually best in my opinion. I am so glad you have found some ideas that will be helpful to you.

  39. Brittany says

    I really love your ideas, there simple and don't cost anything. I will be doing this tomorrow with my 3 year old who is always ready to learn and have fun at the same time. Thanks alot it really helps us stay at home mothers who want to keep our little ones interested in learning.

  40. Anonymous says

    I am so glad that I found your blog! I am a sahm of two boys (4 and 2). I have been looking for ways to do play-based learning. Currently I am home alone with the boys because my husband is deployed, and I really think these activities will be great for my sanity as well! Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      I am glad that you found it too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As a military spouse, I know it's important to keep the day moving along so we don't get in that crazy zone of feeling the days drag-even if it may be inevitable. I hope that these quick, simple activities can help keep the kids engaged and you teaching them to be beneficial to you both. All the best to you and I will be thinking about you while you take on this deployment!

  41. Anonymous says

    Hi! I could never figure out creative ways to use stickers! So thanks! Your blog will be useful for all of my little ones who are 7 months, 18 months and 3 1/2 years.

    • says

      You can utilize each of the activity pages with your crew! I am so glad to read that you have found ideas you can use in your own home. Enjoy your children!

  42. says

    Thank you for taking the time to put together this great list. With my 4 year old in preschool most days I was looking for more ideas of things to do with her younger brother. Thanks I think we will be doing several tomorrow!

  43. says

    Thank you for taking the time to share your creative ideas. My son is 2, but recently seems bored and restless with our usual activities. This has given me so many ideas to challenge him and keep learning fun. I will be referring back to this post often, and will check out a few more of your blogposts.

    • says

      Nicki, I am so glad to hear that you have found some ideas that you can use. Challenging children is so important to keep them engaged in learning and really growing to meet their own potential. Developmental stages are so fluid and, as you are finding, just because your son is 2 does not mean that his brain is still in 'toddler mode' when it comes to exploring. Good for you for trying to offer him more activities to keep him interested in learning and playing. All the best!

  44. says

    Do you have a button that I can put on my blog? (busyandthebeans.blogspot.com) I love your ideas and want to uses them with my kids and always like to give credit where credit is due :)

  45. Anonymous says

    These are really great! Thank You. My son was upset that hes not going to preschool and these are perfect so I can bring school to him. :)

    • says

      Thank YOU for that nice comment. I am so glad to read that they will be useful to you at home with your son. My son had to wait a while to be allowed to go to preschool-frankly, I think children learn more at home anyway-so your son will not be missing anything. All the best to you as you teach him at home! Enjoy!

  46. Jen says

    I am blown away by the simplicity of these projects! I taught children with special needs for 5 years and found that hands on projects children are able to do with minimal guidance are the best! These activities are just that! I am so excited to try them with my 3 1/2 yr old son and 1 1/2 yr old daughter! I can see that my son will be able to get the learning objective while my daughter will have fun playing along! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • says

      They definitely are simple and very frugal. I think that is a key combo for one-income households such as mine and any household that lives according to a budget. I am so glad that you found a few ideas you can use with your own little ones! Many of the activities posted are able to be enjoyed by multiple age groups or easily adapted to accommodate specific developmental needs-I am sure you are a pro at that with all of your experience! I appreciate you taking the time to comment here and share.

  47. Andrea says

    I worked as a literacy teacher for four years and am now a SAHM. You have some awesome ideas that I can't wait to try with my 3 year old! Thanks so much!

    • says

      I am so glad to know you were a teacher! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I appreciate that. All the best to you as you get to stay home and teach your own child now!

  48. says

    These are such wonderful creative ideas! I'm always looking for new, fun ways to teach my kids reading and writing and this is great! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • says

      Kaila, thank you for your nice comment. I really appreciate hearing that the ideas are being received well. I am so glad that you have found some ideas to use in your home. All the best to you and your family!

    • LeAnn says

      I just stumbled across your blog. Thank you. I run a daycare and I create my own things for my children and it gets hard coming up with new ideas. I am looking forward to trying some of yours.

  49. says

    Thank you so much for sharing these ideas!!! I have a four year okd who doesnt like to trace!! She is going to love the qtip trace….hopefully! LOL she loves to paint!

    • says

      Amy, I sure do hope she enjoys 'tracing' when combined with painting that she loves! Let me know how it goes. I appreciate you taking the time to comment here. All the best to you!

  50. says

    I absolutely LOVE this list!!! Thanks so much for sharing! With a 5, 3, and almost 2 year old, I need all the help I can get keeping them busy around the house! :)

    • says

      Brianne, I bet your three kiddos are keeping you very busy! What great experience and mom-knowledge you have to share. Thank you for the wonderful compliment on this list. I am so glad that you have found some that you can share with your children.

    • says

      Shannon, thanks for letting me know that you found me on Pinterest! I appreciate your kind comment and am so glad that you have found a few activities that you can use in your home. Take care!

  51. Tiffany says

    Just found your website on Pinterest. What great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I am working on a list of things to do next week with the kids. I love these types of actives. Take Care

  52. says

    I just came across your blog via Pinterest. I am so thankful for your easy, cheap, educational, and FUN ideas! My son just turned 3 and I am a former kindergarten teacher but this is my first year of being a stay-at-home-mom! I am so excited to be home with my son and thankful for all your ideas! When he wakes up from his nap we are going to get right on the numbers and stickers activity! He LOVES stickers so this will be perfect! Thanks again!

    • says

      Erin, congratulations on being able to stay home! I hope you enjoy the time with your child. I really appreciate you commenting and sharing such kind thoughts about the activities.

  53. Courtney says

    I just found these ideas today and I'm really excited to try some with my three year old. I'm a SAHM and I feel like he's just not interested in the learning books anymore. We tired 37. Cotton swab writing and he really enjoyed and stayed focused with it. Thanks!!

    • says

      Courtney, I am so glad to hear that! There is so much learning that takes place every day that we are often unaware of-it is not always sit-down lessons that impart the greatest knowledge. Hopefully these more open-ended activities that touch on multiple skills at one time will help maintain his interest for a bit. When my son was three we had to definitely make sure he was getting a lot of outdoor time in order for him to be relaxed and ready to sit for an activity or two. Some days we can get through a bunch, and some days one is almost too much for him to handle. I think patience is so important. Best to you!

    • says

      Thanks for your nice comment. I completely understand how when we switch to "mom" we tend to focus on the house and daily chores. I do try to make the effort to focus on teaching them here at home, but I have days too where I get bogged down with household tasks. It's the nature of the job, I think. Using our teaching background is so helpful to keep our interest, benefit our children and not waste the lessons we learned. It is pretty rewarding to teach my own children, I do have to say! I hope you enjoy sharing your skills with your own child(ren)!

    • says

      I am so glad that you found some that you can use in your home. Some take a few minutes to create, but they last for a while so you can change them out with others to maintain interest and maximize the time it takes you to create them. Enjoy your daughter and thank you for the kind words.

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