Fine Motor Activity: Open & Close Containers

Supplies: A Variety of Containers and Lids

Directions: Gather different variety size containers with lids, some easy open and some harder to open and let your child open and close the containers.

Skills Learned:Develops fine motor skills.  These skills can help your child increase muscle strength and coordination preparing the children or more advance skills such as cutting with scissors.


Imagination & Creativity Activity: Campfire Art

Supplies: Orange, Red and Brown Finger Paint & Construction Paper

Directions: Have your little one put their hands into the paint (or you can paint their hand) then place it onto the construction paper to make a fire with the red and orange paint. Then you can do the same with the brown paint.

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination. Develops sensory skills with the paint being on their hands.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Number Magnets

Supplies: Magnet Tiles, Cookie Sheet, Paper & Pen

Directions: With the paper and pen create various number squares that include the physical number and that amount of dots. Tape these pieces of paper onto the magnets. Have your child count the magnets, line them up, stack them and build with them. Have them count the dots and build with that amount of magnets!

Skills Learned: Begin number recognition. Vocalize numbers out loud. Introduce amounts and quantities.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Making A Fort

Supplies: Lot of Blankets!

Directions: Have your child gather some blankets and help them build a big fort and present to go camping inside of it!

Skills Learned: Gross motor skills. Following one step directions. Imagination development.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Gel Germs

Supplies: Zip-lock Bag, Gems, Hair Gel, & Glue

Directions: Have your child combine the colorful gems and hair gel into a zip-lock bag. Glue the bag shut and let your child squish everything together!

Skills Learned: Beginning to understand cause and effect. Exploring various liquids. Color recognition.

 

 

Creative Expressions Activity: Watermelon Painting

Supplies: Red Paper Shaped Like A Watermelon Slice & Finger Paint

Directions: Give your child the red watermelon cut out and some finger paint. Encourage them to use their fingers to paint the “seeds” onto the watermelon. Talk about the different sizes that their various fingers create!

Skills Learned: Fine motor development. Language development. Sensory exploration. Following one step instructions.

Fine Motor Activity: Poms and Whisk

Supplies: Pom Poms (various colors) and Whisk

Directions: Show your child how to put the pom poms in the whisk and shake it all around. Have your child repeat what you’ve done and away they go!

Skills Learned: Beginnings to show interest and some control in manipulating art materials. Trying to use pincer grip to pick up objects. Fine motor skills. Following one step directions.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Shape Match

Supplies: 2 Copies of Any Shape Matching Worksheet, Colored Pencils, Crayons or Markers & a Cookie Sheet

Directions: Have your kiddo color in one of the shape matching worksheets then cut out the shapes for them. Put the other worksheet on a cookie sheet and have your child match the colored shapes to the shapes on the tray! Take this one step further by discussing the colors they chose and counting the various shapes.

Skills Learned: Begin number recognition. Vocalize numbers out loud. Introduce amounts and quantities. Color recognition. Shape recognition and matching.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Soul Man

Supplies: Sunglasses & Tambourines (Don’t have a tambourine? Pick any musical instrument around the house!)

Directions: Give your child a pair of sunglasses and tambourine or musical instrument then turn on Soul Man by The Blues Brothers and have a dance party!

Skills Learned: Gross motor skills. Following one step directions. Cultural understanding.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

Supplies: Water, Clear Bowl, Shaving Cream and Blue Food Coloring

Directions: Place water in the clear bowl. Put the shaving cream on top to form “clouds.” Add the blue food coloring to the top of the clouds. Watch it rain!

Skills Learned: Beginning to understand cause and effect. Repetition of actions to gain desired results. Exploring various liquids. Color recognition. Understand surroundings; sky, clouds, ground, water, etc.

 

Imagination & Language Learning Activity: Pizza Party!

Supplies: Colored Felt Cut into Pizza and Toppings Shapes, don’t Forget the Cheese!

Directions: Have your child create their very own pizza with felt pieces. Give them all of the different felt toppings and pizza crust and let their imaginations go wild! To take this one step further help your child create a graph and poll the family on their favorite pizzas!

Skills Learned: Fine motor development. Language development. Math and counting.

 

Kind Child Activity: All Better

Supplies: Stuffed Animals & Band-Aids

Directions: Give your child their favorite stuffed animal and some band-aids. Have your child open the band-aid on their own and place it on the stuffed animals “boo boo.”

Skills Learned: Fine motor development. Language development. Kind Child Culture by teaching empathy and compassion.

Fine Motor Activity: Pipe Cleaner Loops

Supplies: Pipe Cleaners, Fruit Loops or Cereal and Your Imagination!

Directions: Have your child string the desired amount of fruit loops on the pipe cleaner. Take this time to discuss colors, patterns and what you are making! Bend the pipe cleaner into fun shapes!

Skills Learned: Explore creating texture art. Developing fine motor skills by lacing beads on a string.

 

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Number Hunt

Supplies: Sticky Notes or Papers With Numbers Written on Them, Items Around Home and Adventure!

Directions: Create notes 1-10 with one number written on each individual sticky note. Line up the notes with numbers on a table, shelf or floor. Have your child use their sense of adventure to find specific number if items around your house. For example, number 1 = 1 object, number 2 = 2 objects. Any items or toys will work! Make it an adventure by pretending you’re exploring and looking for treasure!

Skills Learned: Begin number recognition. Vocalize numbers out loud. Introduce amounts and quantities.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Yoga or Animal Yoga

Supplies: Yoga Cards (optional) and Mats (optional)

Directions: Instruct your child to an open area to practice yoga poses. Animal yoga is a fun variation where children can act our yoga poses that mimic animals – add in animal noises! 

Skills Learned: Gross motor skills. Animal recognition. Following one step directions.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Painting Ice

Supplies: Ice Cubes, Paint, Paint Brushes and Shallow Pan or Tub

Directions: Place ice in the shallow pan. Allow your child to use desired coloring to paint the ice. Show your child how to use both hands to paint because it can be slippery. Discuss colors, how cold the ice can be and how ice is made.

Skills Learned: Exploring creative art with 3d materials. Color recognition. Color mixing. Exploring objects by sense of touch, hot and cold.

Science & Sensory Activity: Bread In A Bag

Supplies: 3 Cups of Unbleached White Flour, 4 Tablespoons of Sugar, 2 1/2 Teaspoons of Rapid Rise Yeast or 1/4 Package, 1 Teaspoon of Salt, 3 Tablespoons of Oil and 1 Cup of Warm Water

Directions: In your gallon size or larger Ziploc bag add: 1 cup of the flour, sugar, yeast and warm water. Then seal up the bag, and while doing it, let out as much air (out of the bag) as possible. Then you or your child can scrunch and squeeze the ingredients around in the bag, till they are mixed well together. Let the bag set on the counter for 10 minutes, so the yeast can begin to work. Then open the bag again, and add another cup of the flour, the oil and the salt. Close the bag and repeat scrunching and mixing. Finally open the bag again and add the final cup of the flour and mix one last time. Lay out a sheet of wax paper lightly dusted with flour and pour the mixture onto it. For around 5 minutes (or less), knead and work the dough till it’s all nice and smooth. Divide the dough into two portions, and place each into mini loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Set your dough loaves in a non-drafty warm spot and cover them with a clean kitchen towel. Let them raise for 30 minutes to an hour, till they’ve almost doubled in size. If they don’t get a whole lot bigger, don’t worry, they will raise some in the oven too. Bake for around 25 minutes, in a preheated 375-degree oven. Let them cool in the pan for just a couple of minutes, and then turn them out onto a cooling rack or clean towel.

Skills Learned: Counting with assistance. Measuring ingredients, pouring and mixing. Gross and fine motor skills. Experiencing various foods and ingredients by taste and smell. Exploring the five senses.

 

Language Learning Activity: Cool Whip Letters

Supplies: Cool Whip and Tray or Mat

Directions: Scoop the desired amount of cool whip onto your tray or mat. Have your child make letters and discuss the sounds for each letter. Don’t forget to taste the materials!

Skills Learned: Begin to explore letters. Experience with textured objects using sense of touch.

Fine Motor Activity: Homemade Finger Paint

Supplies: 3 Tablespoons of Sugar, 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt, 1/2 Cup of Corn Starch, 2 Cups Water, Food Coloring, Paper, Paint Brushes (optional)

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Warm until the mixture thickens. Cool and pour  in separate small containers, add food coloring and stir. Baby food jars work great! Paint with fingers or paint brushes and have fun!

Skills Learned: Exploring mixed media and creating pictures. Color mixing and color identification.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Color Cube Sorting

Supplies: Plastic Bucket or Bin, Multi-Colored Counting Cubes, Cups and Water

Directions: Fill the bucket with a small amount of water. Place the multi-colored counting cubes in the bucket with water. Ask your child to find specific colors and make piles of the sorted colors.

Skills Learned: Color recognition. Sorting objects. Sensory exploration.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Chalk Body Tracing

Supplies: Sidewalk Chalk and Sidewalk

Directions: Have your child lay down on the sidewalk. Trace their body outline with the chalk. Have your child use their imagination and color the chalk outline how they please. While they are laying, have them look in the sky! What do they see? Sky? Birds?

Skills Learned: Gross motor skills. Color and shape recognition. Identifying one’s self and body parts.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Creative Coloring

Supplies: Three Small Dishes or Bowls, Pan with Sides, Vinegar, 1 1/2 Cups Baking Soda, White Paper and Food Coloring

Directions: Put 1/2 cup of baking soda in each small dish within a shallow pan. Add desired amount of food coloring. Add a tablespoon of vinegar at a time – continue to add until desired amount of bubbles arise…watch the bubbles! After the bubbles have settled, take out the small dishes and place white paper in the shallow pan. Swirl the paper around and hang dry to see what cool patterns and colors emerge.

Skills Learned: Exploring how bubbles move. Begin to recognize cause and effect manipulations. Exploring new ways to make art. Color recognition. Color mixing.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Lava Lamp

Supplies: Clean Plastic Bottle (try to use one with smooth sides), Water, Vegetable Oil (or Mineral/Baby Oil), Fizzing Tablets (Alka Seltzer), Food Coloring, and a Flashlight (optional)

Directions: Fill the bottle 1/4 with water. Pour the vegetable oil in the bottle until it’s almost full. You may want to use a measuring cup with a spout or a funnel. You may have to wait a couple of minutes for the oi and water to separate. Add a few drops of your favorite food coloring. Watch as the color sinks through the oil. Did your drops of color mix with the water immediately or float in between for a few minutes? Break your fizzy tablet in half and drop part of it into the bottle. Get ready…here come the bubbly blobs! You can even get a flashlight, turn off the lights and drop in another half tablet. This time shine the flashlight through the lava lamp while the blobs are bubbling.

Skills Learned: Exploring water movement. Beginning to show understanding of cause and effect. Following and understanding a demonstration. Following on step directions.

 

Language Learning Activity: Pudding Bag Tracing

Supplies: Pudding Mix: Milk or Prepared Pudding and Gallon Size Ziploc Bag

Directions: Have your child help you make pudding and mix it in a plastic bag. Have your child use their finger to trace desired letters or shapes.

Skills Learned: Begin to explore letters. Shape recognition. Introduction to descriptive words.

 

 

Kind Child Activity: Kindness Cards

Supplies: Paper, Crayons or Markers and Any Craft Materials

Directions: Write a simple kindness message or picture. Fold into a card shape. Deliver the Kindness Card to friends, family, or neighbors to brighten their day!

Skills Learned: Exploring basic friendship skills. Drawing intentional marks on paper.

Note: Take this time to discuss what it means to be kind… how does it make you feel? What is kind vs. unkind?

Fine Motor Activity: Pasta Play

Supplies: Pasta Strainer and Uncooked Spaghetti Noodles

Directions: With some guidance allow your child to try and stick the pasta noodles in the strainer holes to come out the other side.

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Develops independence and confidence.

Note: This activity can also be used with cotton swabs and objects with holes large enough for the swab.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Clean Up Counting

Supplies: None

Directions: Throughout the day when you are cleaning up toys with your toddler, make it a game. Clearly count out the toys as you are putting them away. Go up to 5 and have your toddler repeat after you. The more they hear it the more they will start to recognize and be able to do it on their own!

Skills Learned: Independence by cleaning up after themselves. Counting recognition. Parents and toddlers will practice one on one correspondence.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Yoga

Supplies: Comfortable Clothes and Open Space

Directions: Such a fun all body activity for toddlers, and parents can join! Show them different and basic yoga poses such as downward dog, mountain, tree, cow, cat, child, and seat pose.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using balance and movement. Strengthens motor control and flexibility.

 

 

Creative Expression Activity: Toilet Paper Roll Art

Supplies: Toilet Paper Rolls, Paper and Paint

Directions: Allow your child to make some process art. They will dip the toilet paper roll into the paint and then on the paper. With different colors it becomes an abstract artwork! You can also change the shape of the roll into a heart or anything else you can think of!

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence. Evokes self expression and individuality. Language development using descriptive words by describing their creation. Develops color recognition and decision making skills.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Toy Rescue

Supplies: Water Safe Container, Ice Cube Tray or Small Cups, Small Toys or Objects and Water

Directions: Place the toys/objects in the trays or cups and add water to cover the toys. Let it freeze overnight. Place the frozen cubes in the play container with some water and let your child work on melting the ice with their hands.

Skills Learned: Allows for exploration of temperature and texture. Starts the process of scientific reasoning and predictions.

 

 

Language Learning Activity: Felt Board Stories

Supplies: Felt Board and Felt Pieces

Directions: Make it a fun story time by including images to match the story or your favorite song. Read your favorite story with your child using the felt stories that add a fun interactive feature. You can also create a felt board story for your favorite song like baby shark and slippery fish.

Skills Learned: Enhances language and listening skills. Color recognition. Strengthens creativity and imagination. Develops interest in group time and stories.

Fine Motor Activity: Spring Flower Tray

Supplies: Colander, Different Color Silk Flowers, Floral Foam In Half Circle (optional) and A Tray (optional)

Directions: Cut flower stems apart, flip colander over. Place stem in hole and encourage them to do the same. If using floral foam, place under colander and have them “pinch” stems as they put it in the hole and push in. Use descriptive words for placement of the flowers such as, on top, side, behind, in, out, colors and counting as they put them in. Have them make a pattern with the colors or group them together. For example, put all the pink flowers on top and yellow flowers on the sides.

Skills Learned: Language development by using descriptive and positional words such as up, over, under, beside, in front, behind, etc. Hand-eye coordination and control. Develops color recognition skills. Math, sorting, grouping, patterning and counting recognition. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: String…Stack…Float!

Supplies: Pool Noodles (at least 2 colors), Jump Rope, Serrated Knife and Ruler

Directions: Use the ruler to mark every 2 in. on the pool noodle. Then use knife to cut slices. Tie a slice to one end of rope so that they don’t fall off when stringing.  Show your little one how to put one on and encourage them to do the same. Count them when they have some on. Ask what colors they are. Can they make a pattern?  Stack them as blocks and use the same questions. Float them in water, add funnels and cups for some outdoor water play.

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Counting and color recognition.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Glow in the Dark Bowling

Supplies: Glow Sticks, Empty Water Bottles (at least 3) and A Ball

Directions: Activate the glow sticks. If using the bracelet ones, place two of the same color in one bottle. If using the chunky glow sticks, then place only one in each bottle. This can be played inside or out. As it starts to get dark, place bottles in a triangle shape like bowling pins. Show your little one how to roll the ball. You can use a glow ball or make one by taping thin glow sticks inside a hamster ball or putting them into a beach ball. Ask them what colors or how many they knocked down.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using coordination and movement. Hand-eye coordination and control. Strengthens motor control and balance. Counting and color recognition.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Nature Painting

Supplies: Nature Items (flowers, twigs, leaves, pine branch, etc.), Paint, Paper, Empty Tray and Bag For Collecting

Directions: No paint? No problem! Take it outside and use dirt, water and nature paintbrush or hands.

Take a nature walk to find your items. Place different colors of paint on a tray. Encourage your little one to dip the nature items in the paint and use it like a paintbrush or make prints by stamping it on the paper.  There’s no right or wrong way to do it, just have fun. This activity can be done indoors or out. Talk about what they are making, how it feels and what the nature item or color they’re using or going to use next.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence. Evokes self expression and individuality. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the objects. Develops color recognition and decision making skills.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Garden Sensory Bin

Supplies: Plastic Container, Black or Pinto Beans, Different Color Silk Flowers, Small Pails or Flower Pots, Kids Garden or Sand Tools and Large Bugs (optional)

Directions: You’ll want a container with enough room to play, but not too big as you will need enough beans to fill it. This can also be used for other themed items like Easter, Halloween or just bowls, cups and scoops. Cut the flower stems apart and to a height that fits the pots. Little ones love to scoop and pour, so don’t forget the shovels. While they are exploring, ask what colors the flowers are. Encourage them to count with you as they put them in each pot. Count the petals or how many scoops they put in. Ask them to put all the same color flowers in each pot. If beans are not an option, take this outdoors and use dirt.

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Word development by describing the colors and  textures of the materials. Math, sorting, grouping and counting recognition. Evokes their imaginations and dramatic play skills.

 

Language Learning Activity: I Spy Sensory Bottle

Supplies: Empty Water Bottle With Smooth Sides, Rice, Small Objects and Glue

Directions: Fill bottle by alternating rice and objects till 3/4 full. Glue cap securely. Turn bottle horizontally, shake and roll bottle to find the items. Ask, “what is this?” or “what color is it?” If it’s an animal ask, “what sound does it make?” If your toddler is not quite vocal, ask “where is…?” and encourage them to point to it.  Another version is I Spy Someone I Love. Use heart shaped pony beads and pictures of faces of family and friends.

Skills Learned: Enhances language and listening skills. Color recognition.

Fine Motor Activity: Playdough Spaghetti Threading

Supplies: Playdough, Spaghetti and Cheerios or Any Round Cereal

Directions: Place the Playdough on the table. Add a piece of spaghetti into the Playdough and have your child thread the cereal onto the spaghetti. Encourage your child to count the cereal as they add it or remove it.

Skills Learned: Allows exploration and investigation of new materials. Promotes creativity and independent thinking. Sensory and tactile play. Hand-eye coordination and control. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Word development by describing the textures of the materials and description of their colors. Math and quantity recognition.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Building With Blocks

Supplies: Different Colors and Shapes of Blocks or Legos

Directions: Give your child the blocks and ask them to build you something. Extend the activity by asking them to sort the blocks by color or shape. Ask them to hand you a block and ask what color the block is. For younger children, ask them to hand you a block and have them repeat the color of the block after you say it.

Skills Learned: Language development by using descriptive and positional words such as up, over, under, beside, in front, behind, etc. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Obstacle Course

Supplies: Blocks and Other Household Items

Directions: Give those gross motor skills a workout and have your little one stack 2-3 blocks in a few places around the room. Once you have a few “hurdles” set up, place your child at the starting line (an easy to remember place in the room) and say GO! Have them jump, step, hop, go up and over their stack of blocks. The varying heights will encourage motor planning. Change it up by placing a few other household objects within this child created obstacle course. For example, put a pillow down and have them step on and off of it before hitting the next stack of blocks. Place pool noodles between two chair seats and have them crawl under the noodle. This activity is also great to do outdoors if the weather permits!

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using coordination and movement. Strengthens motor control and balance. Encourages visual motor integration.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Raised Salt Painting

Supplies: Epsom Salt, Food Coloring, Glue, Drawing Paper, Pencil and Paper Plates

Directions: On a paper plate, add a few drops of food coloring on some Epsom salt and mix. Repeat the process for all of the colors your child wants to use. Let your child draw their favorite shapes and patterns on the drawing paper with the pencil. Help them apply glue on the designs and then pour the colored salt over the glued areas. Let it dry.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the shapes. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Scented Rice Sensory Play

Supplies: Rice, Strawberry Essence or Any Food Extract Scent, Food Coloring, A Range of Scoops, Shovels, Sifters, Funnels, or Any Other Containers and A Large Plastic Container

Directions: Mix the rice, essence or food extract and food coloring together. Once you have it at the color you want, place the mixture in the large container, paper or sensory table. Add the shovels, funnels, sifters, scoops or any other items you want to add and let your kiddos go crazy!

Skills Learned: Encourages children to manipulate and mold materials. Builds fine motor skills and coordination. Explores their sense of smell. Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddler process information through their senses and learn through exploring these.

Note: If you don’t have a container big enough please newspaper, wrapping paper or cut open a garbage bag and place it on the sidewalk or ground. When you’re done just fold it up to use another day!

 

Language Learning Activity: Telephone Play

Supplies: Two Toy Phones

Directions: Set up the two toy phones in the play area. You can also decorate a phone booth made from cardboard boxes with funky colors, to appeal to your little one’s imagination. Now act as if you are calling your child and the phone is ringing. Encourage your toddler to answer the phone and talk to you.

Skills Learned: Word development. Social development.

Fine Motor Activity: Bug Rescue

Supplies: White Yarn, Spider Rings, Plastic Basket With Holes on the Sides and Clothespins or Kid Friendly Fine Motor Tweezers

Directions: String the yarn back and forth through the holes on the basket. Going in different directions to make it look like a spider web has formed. Add the spider rings into the bottom of the basket. Have your child use the tweezers or clothespins to grab the spiders and carefully remove them from the “web.” If the tweezers or clothespins are too difficult, have your child use their hands! Take it one step further by having your child count the spiders as they remove them from the basket.

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Special reasoning and decision making. Math and quantity recognition.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Train Sorting

Supplies: Construction Paper In Various Colors (Save Black for Front and Wheels of the Train), Scissors, Tape, Glue Stick, Printed Picture of a Train Engine and Manipulative Items in Colors That Match the Paper

Directions: Tape sheets of construction paper to the table or floor horizontally to form a train of paper sheets. For train wheels, cut two circles for each train car from the black construction paper. With the printout image of the train engine, trace it onto a sheet of black construction paper then cut it out. Tape the engine to the front of the construction paper train and tape two black wheels to the bottom of each train car. Collect small manipulative items and toys in the same colors as the construction paper used as the train cars. Place the small pile of manipulative items on the table or floor next to your child. Encourage your child to find a certain colored object in their pile. See if they can find the matching train car it belongs in. Ask your child to place the item on the matching color.

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination. Decision making ability. Math and quantity recognition. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Walk The Line

Supplies: Painters Tape and A Large Open Space With Hard Floors (Sidewalk or Driveway Are Also Options)

Directions: Place the tape on the floor making simple and fun patterns. The pattern could be as simple as a straight line for younger children and more challenging patterns such as a zigzag or circle for older children. Have your child stand at one end of the line to start. Encourage your child to “walk the line”, balancing as they use their feet to follow the pattern. At first, your child will likely keep one foot on the line while the other one “scoots” besides it. You can encourage your child to try putting one foot in front of the other, like on a balance beam and see if they can walk the line.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using coordination and balance.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Painting With Vegetables

Supplies: A Variety of Vegetables, Different Colors of Paint, Piece of Paper and Paper Plates

Directions: Place each washed vegetable on a separate plate. Discuss the name of the veggie and let them touch and smell each one. Add a small portion of paint on each plate, using a different color on each plate. You can color coordinate your paint color to the color of the vegetable if you would like. Place the piece of paper in front of your child and create! Encourage your child to feely create their own masterpiece by using the vegetables as paintbrushes to paint or stampers to print!

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence through decision making and sensory exploration. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the vegetables. Develops color recognition skills. Language development using descriptive words.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Fizzy Rainbow Colors

Supplies: Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Dish Soap, Food Coloring, 3-5 Cups and Measuring Spoons

Directions: Set up 3 cups in a row. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to each cup. Add 1 teaspoon of dish soap to each cup. Add 5 drops of food coloring into each cup, one color per cup. Pour vinegar into each cup. Watch your little ones face light up as the colors bubble and fizz up!

Skills Learned: Language development using descriptive words by describing the colors and movement of the bubbles and fizz. Develops color recognition skills. Hand-eye coordination and control. Promotes scientific thinking including predictions, observation, comparison and reasoning.

Note: Parents will need to set up the activity.

 

Language Learning Activity: Body Parts – The Face

Supplies: Computer Printout of Basic Body Parts You Find on the Face (Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Etc.), A Printout of a Blank Head, Scissors, Glue Stick and Tape

Directions: Print the images of the basic body parts you would find on the face and print the blank head shape. Cut out the body parts. Tape a sheet of paper with the blank head shape on the table. Arrange the body part clippings in a random pile next to the sheet of paper with the blank head. Give your child the glue stick and have them add glue all over the head image. Encourage your child to pick a body part from the pile. See if they can tell you what body part it is. Encourage them to say the word and see if they can find it on their own head/face. Let your child create their own face by placing their body part clippings on the sheet of paper.

Skills Learned: Word development. Identifying body parts and where they are found. Self-expression and confidence. Hand-eye coordination. Small motor control.

Fine Motor Activity: Clip Grip

Supplies: Clothespins, Colorful Pom Poms and a Bowl

Directions: Set the pom poms and bowl in front of your child. Give them a clothespin and have them pick up the pom poms with the clothespin and transfer them into the bowl. Take it one step further and have your child count the pom poms after they have transferred them into the bowl.

Skills Learned: Exercises the small muscles in the fingers and hand. Prepares children for pencil grasping and writing activities. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Sticky Sculptures

Supplies: Colored Cornstarch Noodles and a Bowl of Water

Directions: Have your child dip the cornstarch noodle in water and stick the different pieces together to make a sculpture. Take it one step further by having your child count the noodles or classify them into color groups.

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination. Decision making ability. Math and quantity recognition. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Shell Shucking

Supplies: A Piece of Cardboard and Seashells in a Variety of Sizes

Directions: Place the cardboard on the ground and put the large seashells on it. Have your child toss the smaller seashells into the larger ones. To take this one step further have your child count the seashells as they toss them.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using coordination and balance. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Seascapes

Supplies: Brown Construction Paper, Glue and Seashells

Directions: Encourage your child to squeeze the glue onto their “beach” or construction paper. Have them add the shells to the glue. Take this opportunity to discuss the texture, color and size of the shells with your child.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence through decision making and sensory exploration. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the seashells. Hand-eye coordination and control.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Sensory Sandbox

Supplies: Sand, Box or Bowl and Seashells

Directions: Put the sand and seashells into the box or bowl. Let your little one go wild as they explore the textures of the sand and seashells. Encourage them to listen for the “ocean” in the seashell!

Skills Learned: Language development using descriptive words by describing the texture of the sand and seashells. Hand-eye coordination and control. Promotes scientific thinking including predictions, observation, comparison and reasoning. Self-expression and confidence.

 

Language Learning/Gross Motor Activity: Hokey Pokey

Supplies: Bells, Tambourine, Anything That Makes Noise and a Wide Open Space

Directions: Give your child the item you chose that makes noise. Sing Hokey Pokey and encourage your child to do the movements with you! Use positional words such as “put the bells IN”, “put the bells OUT”, “put the bells Up”, etc.

Skills Learned: Word development. Language development using positional words. Self-expression and confidence. Hand-eye coordination. Small motor control.

Fine Motor Activity: Nailed It!

Supplies: A Piece of Styrofoam, Golf Tees and a Plastic Hammer

Directions: Set up your child with a piece of Styrofoam, a hand full of golf tees and the plastic hammer at a table. Have your child hammer each of the golf tees into the Styrofoam. Take this time to discuss positional words such as in, out, up, down, etc. This is also a perfect time to have your child tell you what colors the golf tees are or count how many they’ve hammered in!

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. Develops color recognition skills. Language development using descriptive and positional words such as in, out, up, down, etc.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Super Shakers

Supplies: Dried Pinto Beans, 1/4 Cup Measuring Cup, and Colorful Cardboard Tubes (You can buy these at the dollar store or make them yourself)

Directions: Give your child the pinto beans, measuring cup and cardboard tube. Have your child scoop the beans into the cardboard tube. Parents, seal the shaker tube with hot glue to make sure that they can’t open. Work with your child to count the beans. We had “thirty-teen” beans, to quote one of our kiddos!

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction. Emotional and social skills by allowing the parent or adult help seal the shaker and/or asking for help to complete the project.

Note: Parental supervision and help will be required for this activity. Keep these shakers close, in the next Music & Movement activity we will use the shakers for our Memorial Day Parade!

 

Gross Motor/Music & Movement Activity: Memorial Day Parade

Supplies: Super Shaker, Red, White & Blue Pom Poms (optional) and A Way to Play Music

Directions: After you finish your Super Shaker from the previous activity, take your child and the super shaker outside along with your red, white & blue pom poms, and have your child march around while playing patriotic music, such as The Star-Spangled Banner! Take some time after the parade to discuss the meaning of Memorial Day and what it means to our country’s history.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using movement and multi-tasking. Teaches historical facts by discussing the true meaning of Memorial Day with your child.

 

Creative Expression Activity: “Shell” We Paint?

Supplies: Seashells, Paint, Paint Brushes, and Paper Plates

Directions: Pour some paint onto a paper plate. Place a seashell on another paper plate. Give your child a paint brush and let them go wild! While your child is painting the seashell discuss the colors they are using and the details of the seashell such as small, big, rough, smooth, etc.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the seashells. Hand-eye coordination and control.

 

Science & Sensory/Outdoor Activity: Bubble Fun

Supplies: Bubbles and the Outdoors

Directions: Have your child hold their own bubble solution and have them blow bubbles. If the bubbles spill, it’s fine! Just a part of learning. Encourage discussion about what the bubbles are made of, why they pop and how the wind makes them blow one direction or the other.

Skills Learned: Personal responsibility by holding their own container of bubble solution. Language development using descriptive words by describing the bubbles and how they work and move. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration of the bubble wand. Hand-eye coordination and control. Promotes scientific thinking.

 

Language Learning/Music & Movement Activity: Sombrero Dance

Supplies: Sombrero, Traditional Hispanic Music, Maracas and Plenty of Space

Directions: Place the Sombrero on the ground and turn on the music. Give the children maracas and have them shake them as they dance around or jump over the Sombrero. Take this time to enhance your child’s Spanish vocabulary by using words such as Sombrero, maracas, and the Spanish word for dance which is “baile.”

Skills Learned: Spanish language development by using the Spanish words for the materials you are using. Develops gross motor skills by using movement and balance. Emotional and social skills by having the children cooperate and take turns with one another.