for Parents and Young Children
|Print this Theme||Educational activities that
parents and their young children can do
together. Counting, pre-reading, language, science, and physical skills
are developed as parents play with their preschool children. Use of
ordinary household items make these activities easy as well as fun.
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Making Your Home
a Place For Readers
Lots of suggested picture books that parents can use with their preshool childen to encourage literacy are in Preschool Books Listed by Themes
Art and Craft: Personal
Materials: Clear contact paper (many, many uses for this so buy a big roll). Large sheet of art paper about 12 X 14 inches, paint or crayons.
Description: Let your child draw a picture on both sides of the paper or if you a using sloppy paints use 2 sheets and secure them back to back with tape. "Laminate" them with the clear contact paper! They can be used over and over for months or untill your child decides to make a new one. You can let them make one for holidays and older children can use Wrapping paper to make Holiday placemats for everyone at dinner!
No Heat Recipe:
Crunchy Vegetable Burritos
2. Lay tortillas flat on the counter and spoon about ½ cup vegetable mixture and ¼ cup of lettuce down the the center. Wrap each tortilla around the vegetable mixture. Enjoy with your children!
a "Broccoli Forest"
2. The Forest: Parent or older children do this. Hold carrots against a cutting board and trim off ends. Cut each carrot in half, crosswise. Then cut each piece lengthwise, to make 4 pieces.
3. Next, arrange each plate by putting two carrot pieces side-by-side in the center. Arrange broccoli florettes around the carrots forming a cluster. Arrange the tomato at the top of the plate. Now, spoon the dipping sauce around the base of the carrots and sprinkle with the parsley leaves.
Talk with preschoolers about the different colors and tastes as they enjoy this vegetable snack!
Homemade Ice CreamVegetable Riddle
This activity by April N. make a good snack while teaching the affects of temperature on liquid.
Procedure: Tell your
child that you and he / she are going to make ice cream. First,
one cup of milk is measured and poured into a small ziplock bag. Two tablespoons
of sugar are added to the milk. The recipe can be doubled in each
ziplock as needed. The bag is zipped up, and put into another ziplock.
Now, ice is added into the bag, covering the smaller bags containing the milk and sugar mix. Salt is added to the ice. This makes it colder and keeps it cold. Use a generous amount of salt. The bag is tied tightly closed. Wrap a towel around the bag and hold closed. Your child can help to shake the towel with the bags inside. It must be shaken for about 15 minutes. The more helpers the better.
As the ice and mixture are shaken, the ice cream starts to form. The milk and sugar thicken and harden. It comes out tasting like ice milk and is thick. The bags with the ice cream are removed once hardened, and the salt must be washed off the bag right away. The treat can be scooped out and enjoyed.
Comments: It really works! Make sure the bags are tightly closed because they can open while being shaken and the salt will get in to the ice cream.
Sing and Move
Holiday Art and Craft Activities
and rhymes, songs and fingerplays are in
Nursery Rhymes for Special Occasions
The Color and Shape Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room.
Looking for Animals
Outdoor Preschool Activities
Outdoor Bug Hunt
Counting a Silly
I Love You
Search the Preschool Rainbow