Spring Week 7: March April 15-19
At Real. Meaningful. Family. my goal is to provide information based on research for parents and caregivers, and to create regular opportunity for you to have special together time with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers learn from the environment and daily interactions. We are in no way seeking to create a school-like setting for your young child. Research has clearly indicated that academic learning (think reading, writing, and arithmetic) for these young children is not developmentally appropriate, learning for this age is in the every day details. The activities below have been created as a time to set aside specifically for parents and care givers to have a fun interaction with their children. I would recommend you first prioritize time to read, snuggle, dance, sing, move, rhyme, play, and then add these activities in as you can. Don’t stress… keep it simple, and just be together!
“The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow. But the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.” -Erik Erikson
This Easter activity combines tearing paper, gluing, and art! We make a cross, you could easily make an Easter egg, it’s up to you. Start out by letting your child pick out colors and have them start tearing up the paper. Have you ever noticed how much kids love tearing up paper? Now, you need to know that this is NOT easy for younger children especially. It takes a lot of fine motor strength. If my kids are struggling I help get some tears started in the paper to keep them from getting frustrated. If you have an older child they may not have any issues. Meet your child where they are to get the most out of the activity.
Once you have enough paper torn, you and your child can place glue dots on their cross and add their torn paper to cover and decorate their paper cross (or Easter egg). If they get overwhelmed by filling in the whole cross or egg, help them break it down into smaller chunks to fill in with the paper scraps.
Stuff to Have
Construction paper cut into the shape of a cross
Paper for child to tear
Fine motor, gluing, colors
How about an absolute, zero prep activity that the kids will love!?! These Easter eggs are a great fine motor sorting activity. As simple as it sounds, my kids have always loved doing this. It’s so simple, I really don’t even need to provide instructions, other than… play along, demonstrate, maybe match by color maybe you don’t, and help out with younger children to keep from getting frustrated.
Stuff to Have
Plastic Easter Eggs
Fine motor, math (sorting), problem solving
Early Science & Math
This is something I did ages ago when I was a lead teacher in a one year old childcare room. We had a lot of fun! Start by letting your child wet the sponge, more than just a little wet, but not dripping and place the sponge in a plastic container (or we used cute miniature pots way back then). Then, they can sprinkle on the grass seed with a plastic spoon or small cup, just until it is covered with a layer of seeds. Place the seeds in an area where they will get sunlight and check daily to make sure the sponge stays moist as well as to see if the grass is making any progress. This activity is great because it continues over time! Talk about what you see changing and happening, what the grass looks like, what color it is, etc.
Stuff to Have
Container to fit sponge into
Cooking & Baking
Unroll crescent roll dough and break apart. Lay on parchment lined cookie sheet. Children can dip marshmallows into (cooled off) melted butter followed by cinnamon sugar. Place one cinnamon sugar covered marshmallow in the middle of each crescent roll. Wrap crescent dough around the marshmallow and press closed. Bake according to package instructions. Cut into the rolls when it is time to eat and demonstrate to your child how the marshmallow is gone and connect with the resurrection story!
Stuff to Have
Roll of crescent dough
8 Large Marshmallows
½ stick melted butter
Cooking and baking, fine motor, sensory