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Nature Walk

Nature WalkMaterials Notebook Pen or pencil Bird book (optional) Directionsread more

Newspaper Golf

Newspaper GolfMake golf clubs out of newspaper and tape, and your preschooler can play golf indoors.Materials Newspaper Tape Golf or tennis balls Masking tape or paperDirectionsread more

Now Hear This!

Now Hear This!Children are great mimics. When you tell stories, your child will begin to tell stories, too. What to do: 1. Have your child tell stories like those you have told. Then ask, "And then what happened?" to urge the story along. 2. Listen closely when your child speaks. Be enthusiastic and responsive. read more

Obstacle Course

Obstacle CourseMaterials Miscellaneous outdoor objects Directions Use a variety of outdoor objects to create an obstacle course for your child to run around. Have her run around one way, then have her do the course in reverse. You can time her, or she can race with siblings and friends. Do not use objects that have sharp corners or that can tip over easily. If necessary, cushion objects with pillows and more

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

One, Two, Buckle My ShoeDirections This rhyme will help your child's counting skills. Try showing her objects in groups of one, two, three, and so on, as you recite the rhyme together. One, two, buckle my shoe;Three, four, close the door;Five, six, pick up sticks;Seven, eight, lay them straight;Nine, ten, a big fat more
Outer Space Coloring Page

Outer Space Coloring Page

Use all the colors of the rainbow to help make this picture out of this world!read more

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love YouSomething important happens when children receive and write love notes and letters. They realize that the printed word has a purpose. What you need Paper Pencil, crayons, markers What to doread more

Palm and Finger Puppets

Palm and Finger PuppetsMaterials Washable markersDirections Using washable markers, draw a face on the palm of your child's hand, or draw small faces on the pads of each finger so that the puppets can "talk" to each other. Draw puppets on your own fingers and get some conversations going between your puppets and your child's. read more

Paper Plate Turkey

Paper Plate TurkeyMaterials Paper plate Brown paint or crayon Construction paper in various colors Glue or paste Markers or crayons Directions Have your child color a paper plate with brown paint or crayons. Cut feathers out of colored construction paper, and glue them to the edge of the plate. Cut out a head, a neck, and feet, and glue them to the plate. Draw a turkey face with markers or crayons. read more

Paper Towel Art

Paper Towel Art Materials Paper towel Bowls of diluted food coloring or strong watercolorsDirectionsread more

Papier-Mâché Piñata

Papier-Mâché PiñataMaterials Large inflated balloon String Newsprint or other paper Papier-mâché paste Small toys and candy Crepe paper or tissue paper Paints Directionsread more

Pasta Play

Pasta PlayMaterials Dried pasta Bowls Measuring cups Mixing spoons Directionsread more

People, Places, and Things

People, Places, and Things Materials Maps Directionsread more

Picture a Story

Picture a Story Materials Paper Crayons or markersDirections Have your child draw a series of four or five pictures. Have her then dictate a story to go with each picture. You can write the story on the bottom of the picture as it is told. read more

Pillow Throw

Pillow Throw If you have any breakables on tables or dressers, put them away before trying this one! Materials Lots of throw pillowsDirections Have one person sit on a bed or couch with the throw pillows. Have the other person run across the room from one point to another, while the person on the bed tries to hit the moving target with the pillows. read more

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) Directionsread more

Play City

Play CityMaterials Markers Large sheet of paperDirectionsread more

Play with Boxes

Play with Boxes Materials Cardboard boxes in various sizes Directions Your child can put supermarket boxes of all sizes to good use. She can make a train or a fort for herself or her animals, build a dollhouse, or create a car. You can be sure she will think of something new every time she plays with these more

Playdough Jewelry

Playdough Jewelry Materials Playdough Toothpick or large, blunt needle Clear gloss enamel or nail polish String Directionsread more

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 dough, press in a design using a pencil, bottle cap, cookie cutter, or other cooking utensil. Gently press the clay onto the print pad then onto paper. Repeat using various colors and designs. read more

Poetry in Motion

Poetry in MotionWhen children act out a good poem, they love its rhyme and the pictures it paints with a few well-chosen words. They grow as readers by connecting emotion with the written word. What you need: Poems that rhyme, tell a story, and are written from a child's point of view read more

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) Directionsread more

Portable Flannel Board

Portable Flannel Board Materials Shoe box Felt Flannel scraps ScissorsDirectionsread more

Preschool and Homeschooling

Advice from a homeschooling expert on a child who goes to preschool and receives schooling at home. read more
Preschool and Kindergarten Workbook

Preschool and Kindergarten Workbook

Help your little learner prepare for preschool and kindergarten with this free workbook filled with math and reading activities, featuring the lovable characters from This kindergarten readiness checklist is another great guide to help your child more

Preschool and Socializing Options

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Preschool Choices

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Preschool Cliques

Preschool Cliques Believe it or not, cliques begin to form even during the preschool years. The age at which your child begins including other children in her play is also, unfortunately, the age at which children begin excluding others from play. "You can't play here. Christina and I are playing and you can't play." If you overhear these painful comments, try to help the cliquish children find a role for the excluded child in their play. You might say something like, "Looks like you two need a real live more

Preschool May Not Be for Every Child

Read about the pros and cons of attending preschool or not more

Preschool Options for the Gifted

Here are tips for finding the right preschool for a gifted more