5 Awesome Activities for Preschoolers by Michelle LaRowe

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Preschoolers love hands-on activities that allow them to explore their world. Activities that engage their senses and provide an opportunity to learn something new will be a huge success. Try out these 5 awesome activities with your preschooler.

1.       Salt  art

Materials:

Newspaper

Salt

Colored chalk

Clear glass baby food jar with cover

Instructions:

  1. Lie out newspaper over the work area.
  2. Pour salt onto the newspaper.
  3. Roll selected color of chalk over the salt.
  4. Repeat with different colors.
  5. Layer the different colors of salt in the glass jar.
  6. Place the lid on the jar.

 

2.       Making stained glass butterflies

Materials:

Wax paper

Crayons

Crayon sharpener

Small towel

Iron

Hole punch

Yarn

Instructions:

  1. Fold a piece of wax paper in two.
  2. Draw half of a butterfly on one side.
  3. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Open wax paper.
  5. Sharpen several different colored crayons and set aside the shavings.
  6. Place the shavings on the wax paper, in the body of the butterfly.
  7. Lay a piece of wax paper on top of the wax paper with the butterfly.
  8. Have an adult iron the two pieces of wax paper together on low heat.  Use a small towel to protect the iron.
  9. Cut out the butterfly.
  10. Punch a hole on the top of the butterfly.
  11. Place a string through the hole for hanging. 

 

3.       Making a Bird feeder

Materials:

String

Pine cone

Creamy peanut butter

Bowl

Bird seed

Ingredients:

  1. Tie a piece of string to the stem of a pine cone.
  2. Spread creamy peanut butter all over the pine cone.
  3. Fill a bowl with bird seed.
  4. Roll the pine cone in seed.
  5. Hang pine cone from a tree branch.

 

4.       Playing with Oobleck

Materials: 

Bowl

2 Cups of cornstarch

1 Cup of water

Food coloring

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

Instructions:

  1. Read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.
  2. Place cornstarch in a bowl.
  3. Add food coloring.
  4. Add water.
  5. Mix.

 

5.       Creating a color scratch

Materials:

Paper

Crayons

Spoon

Instructions:

  1. Color stripes of various colors on your paper.
  2. Color over your entire page with black crayon.
  3. Use the end of a spoon to “scratch” a picture through the black crayon. You’ll expose the original colors underneath.
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