My youngest daughter, Little H, is turning three this up-coming July and will be starting preschool this next September. In helping to prepare her for preschool success, we’ve started working on learning a few things.
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I collect bread tags all year around. Little H loves playing with them and sorting them into piles according to colour. She will do this numerous times throughout the day and we often will sit together and make a game using the tags. Little H is still working on identifying each colour by name. She gets stuck on purple, orange, tan and grey. It is so fun to witness her excitement when guessing a colour correctly. As crazy as it may sound, playing with bread tags in our house has become a daily routine.
Knowing how much Little H likes to manipulate things with her hands, you can imagine her joy when I gave her a container full of colourful popsicle sticks to play with. We use them to build pictures of things on the carpet like a house or a flower garden. We also use the sticks to play games we make up as we go. We play “Go Fish” using popsicle sticks instead of playing cards. We ask each other, “Do you have a purple?” and if we get a perfect match, we say the colour aloud and then place the two sticks to the side. The person to get rid of all their sticks first, wins! It’a amazing how easy it is to adapt games we already know in ways that will help the kids to learn a new skill.
I found these pretty glass rocks at the dollar store. You get a fairly large bag for only a dollar. I place them in a see-through jar and viola … I create a cool toy the girls want and love to play with and a cool toy I use to teach the girls something new. We use these rocks to practice counting and to strengthen our grasp of numbers. The come in an array of colours and sizes and textures. We use them to sort and organize according to colour, size and texture. The girls love using them to count with and to form alphabet letters with them. My almost 5 year-old enjoys grouping them into piles starting from 1 to 10. She starts with a pile of 1 and continues to make a pile of 2, a pile of 3 and so on. It’s a great visual for her to see what the number 5 looks like and what the number 8 looks like and … you get the picture. The possibilities are endless!
What kind of activities do you do at home with your little ones? I would love to hear about them!
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