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As of last week, it was business as usual for us. We continued on with our day to day activities as we became increasingly aware of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 through social media, friends, and family (we don’t watch the news). Finally, I did some research. The more I read, the more I felt I had a responsibility to heed the advice of doctors, scientists, and officials, and stay home.
For most of us, this is a tall order. But when I think of my 70-something mom who has asthma (not to mention other people’s moms), I know I could sit at home for months if it would help her.
One snag in my plan – my four-year-old. The idea of keeping her in the house for two solid weeks, and possibly longer, is daunting, but I’m resourceful. I’m big on downloading free printables and researching activities anyway, so now I’m kicking it into high gear.
Here are a few activities we’ve had fun with so far:
Skip Counting with Pennies
I threw this activity together in 5-10 minutes with some colored paper and pennies. I cut out squares of paper and wrote numbers to practice skip counting – 2, 4, 6, 8, then 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.
I then showed A how to keep adding more pennies to see what the next number would be. For example, start with two pennies. Then ask, “What happens if you add two more?”
Once she adds them, I have her count them up then hand her the four card. Keep going like that, then move to fives, tens, or any other number she wants to try.
Common Birds Handmade Book
At my daughter’s preschool, she makes a lot of books, so I thought a book project would be right up her ally. I found these great quality three-part cards from Trillium Montessori and printed them. I chose to print the black and white line drawings on regular printer paper, and the full-color matching cards on card stock.
We cut them up and colored them based on the included pictures, wrote the names, then made a cover from construction paper and stapled them together. By the end of this project, A was so proud of the book she made.
Now that she’s familiar with some of the birds, I’ll have her work on matching the pictures and eventually matching the pictures and names of the birds. We may make more books too depending on her interest level.
And of course, all activities are better in a homegrown fort, hence the sheet hanging over her head.
Count to 100 Beaded Sculpture
A has recently learned to count to 100 and is super excited about it. To tie in with that skill, I found this beaded sculpture idea.
We didn’t quite make it to 100, but we were inspired to create these beaded creatures with some googly eyes I had leftover from another project. They had a pretty deep conversation about counting by tens.
I will continue to update this page as I come across new resources or ideas that work for us.
If you’re looking for things to do with your preschooler at home (some of these will work for older/younger kids too), pin this page and check back periodically for more.
Know of a great activity or project kids can do at home? Let me know!
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