Skills acquired through play...
* eye hand coordination
* verbal communication
* following instructions
* fine motor skills
* shared delight and social interaction
* sense of achievement
* self awareness
* play skills
* imagination building
* problem solving skills
Over the years we've almost always had a preschooler whilst also having older kids doing their homeschool activities.
I found as a good guide, we would try and set the older kids up with an independent activity, while I did an activity with the little ones. Filling the little one's cups in the early part of the day definitely helped everyone.
So here are just SOME of the things we've done over the years that kept little preschool hands busy and minds engaged.
Preschool Play Ideas...
* washing toys in a bucket of soapy water
* spotting animals together on the golden book back
* threading things onto string
*pom poms or cotton balls into bowls using tweezers or tongs
* stamping or gluing
* making a pet rock
* dress ups
* memory matching card games
* playdough play
* block/train track building
Play Activities >>>
I believe that the MOST important thing for children of any age is RELATIONSHIP but how wonderful to know that and begin that in the preschool years. Yes, your preschooler will learn SO many skills like the ones mentioned on this page but what they really want to feel is what we ALL want too: they want to be seen and heard, they desire security, an identity and community. They seek this out by testing boundaries, wanting to be more independent but also by responding well to being included in family rituals, rhythms and industrious chores which give them a sense of ownership and connection to a bigger picture.