If you have five minutes to spare, you can teach a preschool lesson to your child! There are many times during the day where I have just about 5 minutes.
Five minutes until we leave for preschool.
Five minutes until dinner is done.
Five minutes until Daddy is home from work.
Here are 10 activities to do a preschool lesson in five minutes…
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1). Sing a song. Your child will love singing with you! Sing Itsy Bitsy Spider and pretend that the spider is climbing up their leg or up their arm (tickle them for “wash the spider out”). (here are my 5 favorite kid songs that we often forget about)
2). Hide and Seek. Not only is this game fun for them, but it teaches them to count to ten! Make it easy by staying in one room. Teach them how to count with their eyes closed while you hide.
3). Play “Warmer – Colder” with them. Hide a toy somewhere in your house (make it easy the first few times by leaving the toy in plain view to allow them to see it easily when they get near it). Tell them that they are getting warmer when they get close to it and colder when they get further away. They love this game!
4). Weave with a cooling rack. Just cut pieces of yarn (or paper, if you don’t have yarn or string) and teach them to weave it through the cooling rack. I saw this idea and loved it!
5). Draw a picture and teach them how to make a face. Our two year old helped me to “Draw Daddy” yesterday and he did great. First, we made a circle. I made it on my paper and he made it on his paper. We made eyes, a nose and a mouth. We added ears and hair. (Ask your child “What are these?” and “What else is on my face?” and point to your eyes or ears.) You are teaching body parts, shapes, helping their speech and working on fine motor skills.
6). If you have ever seen Sid the Science Kid, you will know the song that I am going to “sing” to you… Our 2 year old is named Ethan, so I will be filling in his name and what he can do (Here is the you-tube version that I found) “I”m looking for a kid. I’m looking for you! Hey, there’s Ethan! Watch what he can do!” This is where Ethan does some sort of crazy move or dance. We do this with all of our kids “I’m looking for a kid. I’m looking for you. Look- there’s Beau! Watch what he can do!” (He is our 5 year old and he normally lifts up something or to show us how strong he is- haha! .) We each take a turn… Jack (6) , Mommy, Daddy, even baby Allie gets to dance (with Mommy’s help!)
7). This next tip comes from my great friend and college room-mate, Julia. She has letters and sight words taped to her daughter’s closet door. She takes a flash-light and shines them on one letter or one word at a time and says “Flashlight, shining bright, which letter does Brynn see tonight?” They talk about the letter or word and move onto another one. How cute is that?!
8). Bowling with cups. Line up plastic cups in a triangle shape and roll a ball into them, just like bowling. (the free plastic kid cups from restaurants are great to save for this activity)
9). Go on a letter, shape or color hunt. . Pick a letter, shape or color and go on a hunt. Look for that certain shape, color, or letter in every room. A clock is a circle. An Elmo toy starts with an E.
We sing the song “I’m going on a bear hunt” (you can look it up if you don’t know it- its cute!), but replace “bear” with what we are looking for.
Example: “I’m going on a circle hunt… to see what we can find. Round ones, circle ones. Lots of different kinds!” (Just make up words, like I do!)
Here is an easy color-hunt activity using an old egg carton. Our kids LOVE this game.
10). Use an old magazine.
Our kids love to cut things out of a magazine. Give them a paper plate and let them cut food out of magazines to make dinner for you. They can glue the cut-outs on (or tape them on) if you have enough time for this. When you are done, just “clean up” by throwing it away, the same way that you would if you were cleaning up dinner. If you didn’t glue it down, it is easy to do this part, too!
This is not only fun but great for improving their fine motor skills.
BONUS: If you have spare time, pick up a book and read with your child. The rewards of this one are endless…
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ps- if you are ready for more, here are 5 NON-ACADEMIC SKILLS that your child should master before Kindergarten.
Ps- When you are doing ‘teaching’, remember to play these childhood favorite games with your child!