popular topics in preschool

  • Entertainment and Activities
    Playdough
    Alphabet Playdough
    Alphabet Playdough Materials Playdough or modeling clayDirections Help your child form letters out of playdough or modeling clay. Then, have her close her eyes, feel a letter, and try to identify it by shape. As a tasty variation, make some Alpha...
    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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Comparing Size: Smaller or Bigger
    Comparing Size: Smaller or BiggerPurpose/SkillsTo compare objects as small and big To use the terms smaller, bigger, smaller than, and bigger thanMaterialsReference chart for models of small and big; a variety of small and big items such as small...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Make a Pinwheel
    Make a PinwheelMaterials Plain or construction paper Crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, and other decorative items Scissors Tape Paper fastener Cardboard cut into a small circle Straw, wooden dowel, or unsharpened pencil Directions Have your ch...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Candy Countdown to Christmas
    Christmas Decorations, Cards and Crafts
    Christmas Candy Countdown
    Christmas Candy CountdownMaterials 25 small candy canes, individual pieces of candy, or candy kisses (for each child) 1 bowl, candy dish, or empty coffee can (for each child)Directions Place twenty-five small candy canes, kisses, or other special...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Stencils
    Stencil Painting
    Stencil Painting Materials Thin cardboard Scissors Paper Tape Sponge or brush Tempera paint, liquidDirections Draw a design, letter, or animal shape on thin cardboard. Cut out the inside of the shape to make the stencil, and tape the stencil onto...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Counting Printables
    Count the Snacks
    Let's count! Count all the snacks, and write the numbers from 1 to 20. ...
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Nature Art
    Nature Colors
    Nature Colors Materials Plants and flowers collected on a walk Crayons PaperDirections Go on a walk with your child, and bring home a variety of plants and flowers, such as grass, leaves, dandelions, and so on. Spread them out on a table in your ...
    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
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Draw a Map
    Draw a MapMaterials Paper Pens or markersDirections Help your child draw a simple map of her neighborhood. Include familiar and personal landmarks on her map: the mailbox, the store, the playground, her friend?s house, the fire station. Take this...
    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
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Sandpaper BlocksMaterials 2 4-inch pieces of a two-by-four piece of wood Sandpaper GlueDirections Glue sandpaper onto the wood, and rub together for an interesting sound. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Activities With Food
    Gingerbread People
    Gingerbread People Materials Thin cardboard or brown construction paper Pen or marker Scissors Glue Lace, ribbon, fabric scraps Pieces of cereal, small candy, or licorice Directions Draw the outline of a gingerbread girl or boy on thin cardboard ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Guessing Bag
    Guessing Bag Materials Pillowcase or drawstring bag Small, unbreakable household objectsDirections Place a variety of small, unbreakable household objects inside a bag. Close the bag so the objects are not visible. Have your child feel the object...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Counting Printables
    Count the Items in Outer Space
    Let's count! Count all the items in outer space, and write the numbers from 1 to 20. ...
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  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Social Studies
    People, Places, and Things
    People, Places, and Things Materials Maps Directions Go around your house and find the origins of various objects. Look at the labels of the clothes you wear and think of where your food was grown. Why do bananas come from Central America? Why do...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book