Download the school week planning guide for simple, hands-on play and learn ideas to use at home or in your preschool classroom!
Pencil Polka Dots: Squeeze a thin layer of paint on to a paper plate. Using a brand new pencil, dip the eraser into the paint. Stamp the painted pencil end on to a piece of paper. Spread apart each eraser stamp to be able to see the circular eraser shaped polka dots. Consider using multiple colored paints to add to the design!
Crayons Clap Count: Print the crayon page or create your own. Write a different number on each crayon. Cut the crayons apart and hang them up on wall around the room. You can also spread them around the floor if there is not enough wall space. Call out a number for your preschooler to find. Identify the number on the crayon and then count up to that number while clapping each number!
Fill the Tray: Find an ice cube tray (or something similar) and small toy pieces, figurines, or even small snack pieces to play with. Add each item or snack one by one into one section of the ice cube tray. Practice counting up and down while adding and then taking out the items. Use a pinching grasp to pick up and place each item in the tray.
Roll & Stack: Find a collection of your favorite mini erasers or use building blocks for this learning game. Roll a die, identify the number, and pile that number of mini erasers in a stack. Roll the die again and add the number of mini erasers to the original stack. Keep rolling and stacking until the pile falls over!
Name Hunt: Write each letter of your preschooler’s name on a different piece of paper. Write each letter on post-it sticky notes. Hang the sticky notes on the wall around the room. Have your preschooler find a sticky note, identify the letter, and then stick it on the piece of paper with the matching letter on it. Keep collecting sticky notes and adding them to the matching letter papers!
Sticker to Sticker: Have your preschooler place stickers on a piece of paper, but do not let the stickers touch. Using a crayon or marker, draw a line to connect the stickers. This can be done different ways. Draw a line from one sticker to the next and then pick up your crayon. Or draw a continuous line to each sticker on the paper.
Muffin Tin Sort: Practice sorting with pom poms and a muffin tin! Print the colored circles and see more details HERE or create your own. Spread colored pom poms around the table or on a tray. Using kid-friendly squeezers, pick up a pom pom and place it in the matching muffin tin spot. Keep sorting pom poms into the muffin tin!
Crayon Color Match: Print the color crayon pages or create your own. Lay the pages out on the table. Look around the room to find small objects and toys that match the colors. Place each item on the correct color crayon page. Talk about which color has the most objects, the least, the biggest, the smallest, etc.
Name Paintings: Write your preschooler’s name on a piece of cardstock paper with a permanent marker. Write it with bubble or block letters or just in plain text. Your preschooler can practice saying the letters. Then using watercolor paints, have your preschooler paint the letters!
Play Dough Scissor Skills: Practice using scissors while playing with play dough! Using the store bought play dough (so it’s not too sticky!), roll it out into snakes or balls. Have your preschooler snip and cut the play dough. Cut the play dough snakes into pieces and snip into the play dough balls. Keep cutting the play dough into smaller and smaller pieces while strengthening fine motor muscles! See details HERE.
Walk the Chalk Line: Use different colored chalk to draw long lines on the sidewalk or driveway. Have your preschooler follow each line making sure to stay on the same color from start to finish. Change up the way to move down the line each time – walk, tip toe, lunge, etc.
Big Block Letters: Roll out painter’s tape on the floor to form large alphabet letters. Using building blocks, place the blocks on the lines of the letter to trace and form the letter!
Download the school themed editable planning sheet. Add learning ideas from the list below in this column or from the watermelon week activities!
Back to School
LITERACY & MATH
Crayon Letter & Initial Sound Match
Reading Alphabet Match & Color
Drawing BOY Self Portraits
Simple Rice Bin with Toys