popular topics in preschool

  • Entertainment and Activities
    Nature Art
    Framed Flowers
    Framed Flowers Materials Flowers or leaves Crayon shavings Wax paper Newspaper Iron Directions Go out on a walk with your child and pick some pretty spring flowers or fall leaves. At home, make shavings of brightly colored crayons with a grater o...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    What Am I? Riddles
    What Am I? RiddlesDirections Make up riddles about animals, objects, or people for your child to solve. For an elephant you could say, "I am very large; I have a long trunk; I live in Africa. What am I?" For a fire truck, you may say, "I am big...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Matching Games Printables
    What Doesn't Belong? 3
    Something is not right! Circle the item that is different than the rest. ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Activities
    Quiet-Time Activity for Little Ones
    Quiet-Time Activity for Little OnesSpend some quality quiet time with your child with this simple outdoor activity. Just take a blanket, pillows, and some books outside -- and relax! Materials Blanket Books Pillows (optional) Directions After lun...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Vocabulary
    Fun with Words
    Fun with WordsDirections Ask your child to tell you what certain words mean to him. Pick out everyday words that he has likely heard before. Some suggestions to get you started: concrete, marriage, retire, divorce, bachelor, anniversary, occasio...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Alphabet
    Alphabet Book
    Alphabet Book Materials Small notebook or loose sheets of paper Crayons or markers Old magazines Scissors Glue Photos of friends and family (optional)Directions This is a long-term project that is great for rainy afternoons. Help your child print...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Geography Activities
    Cloud Watching
    Cloud WatchingDirections Climate is an important part of a region's geographic character. On a warm and lazy afternoon, lay down in the grass with your child and watch the clouds drift across the sky. Talk about how clouds are formed (water evapo...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Storytelling
    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. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Finger-Paint Prints
    Finger-Paint Prints Materials Fingerpaint Plastic tabletop Large sheets of paper Directions You can purchase commercial fingerpaint, or you can make your own. Place a small amount of fingerpaint onto a plastic tabletop, and have your child mess a...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Silly Questions
    Silly QuestionsDirections Ask your child silly questions to help him use his imagination and make choices. For example: "Would you rather be a bird or a cow? Why?" or "Would you rather be a table or a chair? Why?" Take turns asking the questions ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Social Development
    Teaching Your Preschooler to Get Along
    Teaching Your Preschooler to Get Along Q-tip You can cut down on violence toward other children by appealing to your child's growing sociability. Your three-year-old wants to get along with others, to make friends, have fun, and learn with other...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Kwanzaa
    Woven Mat for Kwanzaa
    Woven Mat for KwanzaaMaterials Black, red, and green construction paper Scissors Glue or staplerDirections Fold black construction paper in half to make a frame for the mat. Show your child how to cut from the folded edge to within one inch of th...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Hanukkah Activities and Crafts
    Dreidel
    DreidelDreidel is the name of both the small spinning top used to play this game and of the game itself. Follow these directions to make your own dreidel, then read on for some fun dreidel games.  Materials Small, square milk or juice carton Pla...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Car Games
    Portable Flannel Board
    Portable Flannel Board Materials Shoe box Felt Flannel scraps ScissorsDirections Cover the top of a shoe box with felt to make a small flannel board. Cut colored flannel scraps into various sizes and shapes, such as animals, cars, people, circles...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Counting Printables
    Match the Numbers in the Sky
    Know your numbers! Draw a line from the number to the matching set of objects in the sky. ...
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    Baby Names
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Hand Drawings
    Hand DrawingsMaterials Paper Crayons or markers Nail polish (optional) Sparkles or small beads GlueDirections Place your child's hands on a piece of paper and trace around them. Give your child crayons, markers, or nail polish and have her paint ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book