Play is the work of children!
In today’s fast-paced, high tech society, children have fewer and fewer opportunities to use and develop their creativity and imaginations. Play and play-based learning unlocks their creativity and develops their language, reading, thinking and problem solving skills.
Low-tech toys are age-appropriate for preschool children. Blocks, animals, building and connecting toys, vehicles, dolls, pretend food and ordinary household items are perfect for encouraging your child’s imagination.
Play-based learning is the foundation of our OLS Pre-K program, and there are many ways to incorporate these same ideas into your child’s daily routine at home as well.
Play-Based Learning for Preschoolers: 7 Easy Things to Do at Home
1. Make Patterns
Have your child sort Legos by color or make a pattern out of the different sizes and colors.
Provide a plastic container filled with large and small beads and pipe cleaners. Have your child string the beads to make bracelets for family members or even create creatures like snakes.
Ask your child to help you unload the dishwasher by sorting large forks and small forks, then large spoons and small spoons.
Let them match socks while you do laundry.
Fill the kitchen sink with colored water and glitter. Let them pour water from container to container. Add ice cubes. What happens to them? Add a variety of objects. What will sink? What will float?
6. Collages / Art Projects
Provide your child with a basket filled with old magazines, paper, glue sticks, tape and child-safe scissors. Have them cut out things that are: hot, cold, red, green etc. and create a collage.
7. Kids’ Space
Allocate a Kids’ Cabinet in your kitchen and fill it with old pots and pans, wooden spoons and other kitchen items that will engage your child while you prepare dinner. Be sure to include your child in the meal preparation whenever possible.
Play-based learning is enjoyable for your preschooler and you. Look around your house and let your (and your child’s) imagination lead the way and most importantly, HAVE FUN!