Welcome to Week #9 – In Our Community!
Download and print the activity calendar for Week #8 from the pink button below. Hanging the calendar outline on the refrigerator or in a plastic page protector makes it easy to know what’s on the schedule each day!
Letter Carrier Sort: Print the envelopes or create your own. On each envelope write a letter or word that begins with a certain letter. Attach real envelopes to the wall with the flap still up and open. Write a letter on each envelope on the wall OR write a few letters on the envelope to not use as many envelopes for this activity. Add all of the printed envelopes to a bag (think mail carrier type bag). Have your preschooler deliver the mail while picking on printed envelope out of the bag at a time, identify the letter on it (or beginning letter of the word written on it) and add it to the matching envelope on the wall. Pick another printed envelope and play again!
Garbage Collect & Count: Create paper balls of “garbage” or gather a bunch of rolled socks from the laundry.
Distribute the pretend garbage around the room or yard. Give your preschooler a laundry basket, dump truck, or even a mini garbage can to collect the pretend garbage in. Depending on your preschooler’s learning level, collect the garbage in different ways. Tell your preschooler a number of pretend garbage balls to collect OR give your preschooler 2 numbers to add together to collect. You can also use different number clues (one more than 4, one less than 6, etc.) while your preschooler is collecting garbage.
Teacher Says: This is just like the game Simon Says. Take turns being the teacher in this game. When you are the teacher, give movement directions. No one can do the movement unless the teacher says, “Teacher says” before giving the direction. So if the teacher says, “Jump 3 times,” no one should move. If the teacher says, “Teacher says, jump 3 times,” everyone playing should jump. This is an activity about following multi-step directions. Switch the teacher and play again!
Firefighter Letters: On the driveway or the side of a fence (if available), use chalk to draw a few huge fire flames. Write different letters within and around the flames. Spread the letters out so that they are not near each other. Have your preschooler grab a firefighter hat if you have one, and put out the alphabet fire with the hose! If you don’t have access to a hose, a spray bottle will work too. Tell your preschooler a letter in the fire to put out by spraying it with water. You can also play this game with words and have your preschooler spray the first or last letter in the word with water.
Check-Up Time: Print the check-up page or draw one yourself. Write different letters, names, or words on the different body parts. Gather a bunch of bandaids OR use strips of masking tape as pretend bandaids. Write one letter or word on each bandaid or tape piece. Have your preschooler read the letter or word, find the matching bandaid, and cover the matching letter or word on the check-up page.
Paper Plate Driving: Paint or color a paper plate. If using thin paper plates, consider gluing 2 plates together. Cut the middle section out to resemble a steering wheel. Leave some of the middle to criss cross, so that the paper plate steering wheel stays intact. Pretend to be a police officer driving around and helping save animals, find lost items, and chase down speeding cars while playing outside!
Brush & Find: Print the tooth page or draw your own. Write letters or words all over the tooth page. Place the tooth page in the bottom of a tray and sprinkle salt or sand all over the page. Using an extra or old toothbrush, scrub the tooth to reveal the hidden letters. When a letter is shown, identify it…say the letter sound…come up with a word that begins with that letter depending on your preschooler’s learning level. Keep cleaning the tooth until your preschooler finds all the letters!
Construction Crew: Grab your hard hat and blocks and get ready to build! Use this activity as a way to challenge your preschooler. So each time your preschoolers is going to build another build or tower, offer a new challenge. For example: Can you build a tower with more than 10 blocks? How many blocks do you think it would take to create a tower taller than this object? Can you build the letter T? Can you take one block from the top of your tower without it falling over? Building with blocks includes many math and engineering skills, so learning happens however your preschooler plays.
Hair Cut: Find a large paper grocery bag. To prep this fine motor activity, draw a face on the paper bag while the paper bag is upside-down. Cut up the paper bag from the bottom creating thin pieces of paper hair. Do this around the entire bag. The longer the paper hair is, the longer this activity will last. Open the paper bag and place it over the back of a chair or stool, so the paper hair is hanging down. Have your child give the hair a trim using kid scissors. Turn the bag around for your preschooler to trim the other part of the paper hair.
Pantry Sort: Print the alphabet page or create your own. Pull out some food items from your pantry and place them on the kitchen table. Add the alphabet page to a clipboard. Have your preschooler go grocery shopping while walking through the food items and color in the letters on the alphabet page that are in the labels of the food items. Identify the letters as they are colored in. At the end, count to see how many letters were found and how many were not found!
Phone Number Push: Using paper plates, create a cell phone number pad including the green call button. On each paper plate, write one number 0-9 in the middle of the plate. Hang the plates on the back of a door or the window or wall. The top row will have 1-3, then 4-6 in the next row, 7-9 on the 3rd row, 0 in the last row of numbers in the middle below the 8. And then add in the green call button where it is seen on your cell phone. On a paper, write your phone number (or the number that you would want your preschooler to memorize and learn). Practice saying the numbers in the phone number together, and then have your preschooler push the paper plate buttons to practice typing the phone number. Consider practicing pretend calling your local emergency alert phone number.
Play Dough Bakery: Get out your play dough collection as well as small beads, buttons, kid scissors, small rolling pin, cookie cutters, plastic knife, etc. With the play dough, create your favorite bakery items! Roll play dough snakes out into donuts and add beads for sprinkles. Make cookies and add decorations. Create a mini muffin or cupcake. After all of the bakery items are complete, your preschooler can pretend to be a bakery owner and sell the bakery items to customers!
Book Reporter: Pretend to be a news reporter on TV! Grab a pretend microphone (or create one out of a paper towel tube…maybe add aluminum foil to cover the top) and set up a table and chair. Have your preschooler sit behind the microphone and share news updates. The easiest thing to report about is any of the books that your preschooler owns and loves to read. Have your preschooler hold up the book, tell about the story, persuade others to want to read it, etc. For added fun, record the news broadcast on your phone and play in on your real TV!
Catch a Lyft: Grab the paper plate steering wheel that was created earlier in the week OR find a cardboard box, cut all of the flaps from the top and bottom and add paper straps. This would create a “wearable” car for your preschooler. The straps could be stapled to the front and back of the box while going over your preschooler’s shoulders. Add a steering wheel to the car if desired. Your preschooler can now be a taxi, Uber, or Lyft driver, picking up pretend passengers along the way. Each time a pretend passenger is picked up, give your preschooler a number. That is the number of miles that need to be traveled. Your preschooler will count up to that number while driving around the house or sidewalk. Pick up another passenger and play again!
Community Hunt: Print the community hunt page or easily create your own. Attach the page to a clipboard for your preschooler. Give your preschooler something to write with. Now go outside and take a walk together. While walking, look for all of the pictures on the page. Each time one is found, color it in. Try to find all of the items, or save the missing items for the next time you are out!
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Grab the printable outline for Week #9 from the pink button!
Hang it on your refrigerator so you can glance up at it to see what is planned each day. Keep the digital copy available to quickly click to access this page at any point for details about the activities.
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