Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Basics and having fun with it!!

These are some fun activities you can do with your preschoolers/toddlers to help teach and reinforce shapes, colors, numbers and abcs!!

Lesson 1 :    Create a counting book.  If you have stickers at home, have your LO create their own counting book.     On the first page, your LO puts one sticker and have them write the number 1,  on the second page, two stickers and write the number 2.   When they are done, they can read their book with you.   You can do this with the alphabet as well especially if they have trouble remembering a particular number/letter. 

Lesson 2 :    Create a shapes book.  The dollar stores and CVS have shape stickers in the "dollar section".     Have your LO put different colored/sized triangles on one page,  different colored/sized circles on another page and so forth.  Label them or have them practicing counting how many shapes they have.    You can have your LO practice opposites as well.  Small/Big, Short/Tall,  In/Out, Up/Down using stickers as well.  

Lesson 3:   Have your LO practice motor skills with cutting by having them cut out different colored construction paper. They can use their imagination and create artwork from the scraps of paper using glue sticks.   Have your LO talk about their picture.

Lesson 4:    Create a shape book with construction paper.   Have your LO practice cutting out shapes (draw the shapes beforehand for them) and glue what they cut out on each page and label.  
They can cut out different numbers of shapes on each page so when they read it to you, they can say "3 red triangles," or " 5 Orange circles" etc.  

Lesson 5 :  Create a homemade board game.  Cut out different colored squares of construction paper.   Create a diagonal line (like a snake) using the squares on a long piece of construction paper and paste with glue.   Have your LOs write 1-5 or 1-10 (If you have a longer/wide piece of construction paper) on some rectangle cards.   Have your LOs color some rectangle cards (matching the colors of the squares that were pasted on the construction paper to make the diagonal line).    Use foam stickers, pebbles, rocks, stones, what not as markers.  Mix up the rectangle cards and face them down on the game board.   Each player takes a turn and picks up a rectangle card. If  you pick a number, you go that many spaces. If you pick a color card, you advance to that color space on the game board.      

Lesson 6:   If you love play dough just like the kids, use it to create letters and shapes for the kids.  Spell out their name !!   Spell out sight words ! 

Enjoy and have fun!! 


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