When I say the word “learning” what do you think of?
Books… School… ABC’s & 123’s… Math… Science… Grammar… History… Quantum Physics?
Not bad associations with the word learning! Now check out my 25 Super Duper FUN Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers and I’ll catch you on the flip side to talk about it!
- Go to the grocery store.
- Play at the park.
- Blow bubbles.
- Play with play dough.
- Build a fort or a tent.
- Cook something together.
- Pick wildflowers.
- Play music and dance or make up new moves.
- Sort toys by color, shape, or size.
- Run, jump, and climb, inside or outside.
- Make a sticker collage.
- Take a bath.
- Pretend play.
- Find shapes in the clouds.
- Have a snack.
- Go for a walk.
- Roll a ball.
- Make and play homemade instruments.
- Play hide and seek.
- Sing a song.
- Finger paint.
- Bring your child’s favorite animals to life with a puppet show.
- Read a book.
- Do nothing. Rest and snuggle together!
Are you thinking that is NOT a super duper FUN list of learning activities for toddlers and preschoolers? Are you thinking that is a super duper boring list of things that happen every day for toddlers and preschoolers?
You’re right! These are super simple things that are huge sources of learning for toddlers and preschoolers. Learning for young children doesn’t come in the traditional form of learning that we typically think of and it doesn’t come from making them sit down and learn what we want to teach them.
Learning starts with US! It takes us asking questions, making every day interactions interesting and applicable to their lives. Describing what we see and making connections for them. Playing along side them allows them to see our ideas and try them in their own play, it makes our relationship stronger, and is teaching them ways to interact with others.
So, this list of 25 things are some of the best (although not the only) ways that we can play with our kids on a daily basis. They will learn so much about themselves, social interactions with us and others, their language abilities will grow, as well as personal experiences with scientific and math properties (water, volume, matching, colors, observation, sorting, seriation, etc.), fine motor processes to lead to future use of scissors and writing utensils (stickers, picking up small objects, using utensils like forks, spoons, measuring cups, stirring, dumping etc.), problem solving abilities to stick with problems in their environment, art processes and letting creativity and imagination thrive, and lot’s of other areas of learning!
These are the types of concepts that I try to spread out throughout the weeks in my weekly activities. They should be simple, they should be developmentally appropriate, and they should be opportunities to play together to enhance their learning and your relationship! That is what my goal is every week with these activity plans. Not to create toddler or preschool “school” but to set aside time each day to ensure we are playing together with our little ones!
So, let’s go play together!