Preschoolers love hands-on activities that allow them to explore their world. Activities that engage their senses and provide an opportunity to learn something new will be a huge success. Try out these 5 awesome activities with your preschooler.
1. Salt art
Clear glass baby food jar with cover
- Lie out newspaper over the work area.
- Pour salt onto the newspaper.
- Roll selected color of chalk over the salt.
- Repeat with different colors.
- Layer the different colors of salt in the glass jar.
- Place the lid on the jar.
2. Making stained glass butterflies
- Fold a piece of wax paper in two.
- Draw half of a butterfly on one side.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Open wax paper.
- Sharpen several different colored crayons and set aside the shavings.
- Place the shavings on the wax paper, in the body of the butterfly.
- Lay a piece of wax paper on top of the wax paper with the butterfly.
- Have an adult iron the two pieces of wax paper together on low heat. Use a small towel to protect the iron.
- Cut out the butterfly.
- Punch a hole on the top of the butterfly.
- Place a string through the hole for hanging.
3. Making a Bird feeder
Creamy peanut butter
- Tie a piece of string to the stem of a pine cone.
- Spread creamy peanut butter all over the pine cone.
- Fill a bowl with bird seed.
- Roll the pine cone in seed.
- Hang pine cone from a tree branch.
4. Playing with Oobleck
2 Cups of cornstarch
1 Cup of water
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
- Read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.
- Place cornstarch in a bowl.
- Add food coloring.
- Add water.
5. Creating a color scratch
- Color stripes of various colors on your paper.
- Color over your entire page with black crayon.
- Use the end of a spoon to “scratch” a picture through the black crayon. You’ll expose the original colors underneath.