Some days you just need your child to work on something by himself. Usually when you’re really stressed it’s hard to think of activities for him to do.
Here’s a list that might be helpful to print out for those occasions!
- Give your child two rolls of pennies and let her put the coins into a piggy bank.
- Bring out the cookie cutters and homemade clay. (the simple homemade kind doesn’t stick or make as much of a mess as commercial play clay)
- Make a necklace with yarn and ziti pasta or fruity loop cereal.
- Give your child a couple of large boxes to play with.
- Offer your child a pencil and a pad of post-it notes. You’d be amazed at how long this activity can keep a little one occupied!
- Load up the refrigerator door with magnets of all kinds and let the fun begin!
- Sort sea shells and place into an egg carton.
- Have your child put a sock on her hand and help “dust” the furniture.
- Get a bag of 15 bean soup. Let your child sort beans or glue onto a piece of cardboard.
- Shine a large flashlight on the wall and let child make hand shadows. Sure, you’ll use up a few batteries, but sanity is worth a couple bucks!
- Let him measure objects around the house with a small retractable measuring tape.
- My niece loved this activity –even before she could walk! I’d give her a small bowl of water, a toothbrush, and some baking soda. She’d sit and “scrub” the kitchen floor and keep pointing to more baking soda!
- Make leaf rubbings by placing a sheet of paper over a leaf and coloring over it with a crayon. You can do coin rubbings, shell rubbings, etc.
- Chalk on dark paper makes for a fun activity.
- Have your child try to bounce ping pong balls into a small wastebasket.
- Provide a stack of magazines that need the “cards” taken out of the middle. Funny how these simple activities can provide so much fun!
- Pitch a tent! A large sheet over a card table or 4 chairs makes a great imaginary playground. Invite some stuffed animals over for extra fun!
- Provide a few plastic kitchen utensils and some old pots and pans to play with.
- Children love to use unusual items like a hole punch. Simply provide a few sheets of colorful paper, and the fun can last for a good half-hour!
These activities all provide important independent learning time for preschoolers. Fun and games lead to “brain gain”!
Lisa Preston taught public school for 17 years before becoming a Homeschool Evangelist! Pick up her free book Why You Should Homeschool Your Child at http://www.homeschoolhelper.com