• Entertainment and Activities
    Halloween Crafts
    Pom-Pom Spider
    Pom-Pom SpiderMaterials Black yarn Small square of cardboard Scissors Black pipe cleaners Googly eyes (optional) Red construction paper (optional) Glue (optional) Directions Wind black yarn around a small square of cardboard, top to bottom, until...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Wooden Spoon People
    Wooden Spoon PeopleYour preschooler can create Spoon People using glue yarn, buttons, and a wooden spoon. Materials Wooden kitchen spoon Glue Yarn Buttons Markers Directions Use a wooden kitchen spoon to make a spoon person. Have your child glue ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    What's Missing? Memory Game
    What's Missing? Memory GameTest your preschool child's memory skills. Can she tell what's missing in this fun game? Materials Various household objects or small toysDirections Test your preschooler's memory skills by placing a few toys or househ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Playdough
    Super Goop
    Super GoopMaterials Saucepan 2 cups water 1/2 cup cornstarch Food coloring Mixing spoon Ziploc bags (optional) Directions Boil water in a saucepan. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add food coloring and stir--adjust the amount of food colori...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Rainbow Fan
    Rainbow Fan Materials Paint sample cards Hole punch Paper fastener Yarn or string Directions Pick up some colorful paint sample cards from your local hardware store. Punch a hole in the center of the bottom and top of each card. At one end, join ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Crayon Art
    Crayon Melt Prints
    Crayon Melt PrintsThis activity requires the use of a food warming tray or electric griddle. Close supervision by an adult is recommended. Materials Food warming tray or electric griddle Aluminum foil Crayons Paper Oven mitts Damp cloth Direction...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Preparing for Preschool
    Is Preschool Necessary?
    Preschool can be a great time for children to have social experiences with their peers and to be positively influenced by other caring adults. ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Halloween Crafts
    Egg Carton Spider
    Egg Carton SpiderMaterials Black tempera paint, markers, or crayons Cardboard egg carton Scissors Black pipe cleaners Red construction paper Glue Thread or yarn Directions Using paint, markers, or crayons, color the cup sections of an egg carton....
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Secret Messages
    Secret MessagesThis activity shows that water doesn't like mixing with wax.Materials White crayon or wax candle Paper, white Tempera paints PaintbrushDirections Use a white crayon or wax candle to write a message or draw a picture on a piece of w...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Playdough
    Playdough Jewelry
    Playdough Jewelry Materials Playdough Toothpick or large, blunt needle Clear gloss enamel or nail polish String Directions Have your child roll small pieces of playdough into balls to make beads. Pierce each bead with a toothpick or large blunt n...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Plaster of Paris
    Plaster Hand and Footprints
    Plaster Hand and FootprintsMaterials Patch plaster or plaster of Paris 1 1/4 cups water Tin can Mixing spoon Paper plates Picture hook (optional) Directions To make the plaster mix, stir two cups of patch plaster or plaster of Paris and one and a...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Bubble Painting
    Bubble PaintingMaterials Newspaper Liquid dishwashing detergent Shallow dish Tempera paint Straw Construction paper or other paperDirections Cover your child's work surface with newspaper. Pour a quarter cup liquid dishwashing detergent into a sh...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Silhouette Self-Portraits
    Silhouette Self-PortraitsMaterials Very large sheet of newsprint or other paper Markers, crayons, or paintDirections Have your child lie down on the floor on the paper. Trace around her, then let her fill in the details with markers, crayons, or ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Lollipop Tree
    Lollipop TreeMaterials Bag of lollipops Styrofoam cone ScissorsDirections Divide a bag of lollipops into three groups; one group will be used for the bottom of the tree, one for the middle, and one for the top. Set aside the group for the bottom;...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Preparing for Preschool
    The Pros and Cons of Preschool
    The Pros and Cons of Preschool When your child is potty trained you have the option of sending her to preschool. Most preschool programs last a half day and provide structured activities and some preliminary studies to prepare your child for kin...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Water Play
    Water Fight
    Water FightMaterials Water balloons Water pistols Garden hose, or pool of water Plastic containers Directions Using water balloons, water pistols, a garden hose, or a pool of water and some plastic containers, have a water fight with your child. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Playdough
    Playdough Printing
    Playdough Printing Materials Playdough Tools for making a design (pencil, bottle cap, cookie cutter, cooking utensils) Print pad Paper Directions Roll playdough into a ball and flatten it until it is about two inches thick. On one side of the dou...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Marble Painting for Preschoolers
    Marble Painting for PreschoolersThis preschool art activity involves running paint-soaked marbles across a sheet of paper.Materials Marbles Tempera paint, liquid Paper Flat box Directions Place a piece of paper into a flat box (like the box from ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book