popular topics in preschool

  • 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
  • Matching Games Printables
    What Doesn't Belong? 1
    Something is not right! Circle the item that is different than the rest. ...
  • 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
    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
  • School and Learning
    Preparing for Preschool
    Make Your Own Picture Dictionary
    Make Your Own Picture DictionaryA letter dictionary is a long-term project. What you need: Notebook Pencil, pen, crayons, or markers Old magazines Safety scissors Paste What to do: 1. Help your child head every page or two with a letter of ...
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Matching Games Printables
    Match the Objects 1
    Make a match! Draw a line to connect the objects that belong together. ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Felt Doll
    Felt Doll Materials Felt Pen or marker Cardboard Glue Scissors Scraps of yarn and fabric Shoe boxDirections Draw the shape of a person on a square of felt. The person should have clearly defined arms and legs, with the arms held away from the bod...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Storytelling
    Add-On Stories
    Add-On StoriesDirections This is a good game at the dinner table or in the car. One person starts a story and each person takes a turn continuing it. You may want to have each person add a sentence, or choose a "pointer" to conduct the story. Th...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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  • 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