Simple preschool learning activities can help lay strong foundations for reading, writing and arithmetic.
The playtime activities I suggest on this page will give your child a chance to develop the skills needed for formal schooling.
Click on each link to find out how and why these activities can help your child, and get some easy ideas to do at home.
The activity suggestions on this page are designed to promote your child's normal development. If you are at all concerned about your child's development, please consult an occupational therapist. This website is NOT a substitute for occupational therapy evaluation and treatment!
Gross motor activities can develop the hand-eye coordination needed for handwriting and also the visual skills needed for reading.
Building core strength and upper body strength is an important factor in developing the skills needed to control a pencil and scissors.
During the preschool years, your child should be getting lots of opportunity to develop hand strength and dexterity through exposure to a variety of fine motor activities.
If your child is generally able to play well with small items and is learning to manipulate crayons and scissors, then most fine motor activities advertised for this age group will be achievable for him/her.
But what if your child avoids using a crayon and scissors and is clumsy with small items like beads?
This may be an indication that your child's hand and finger muscles need some help.
Getting the eyes and hands to work together well is important for playing sport as well as for getting the eyes to guide the hands in handwriting.
Your daily schedule of preschool learning activities should always include a visual motor activity!
Visual perceptual activities will help your child to understand and remember what is seen. This is an important foundation for learning to recognize and remember letters and numbers in order to read, write and do math!
Doing some of these fun preschool learning activities will help to develop many of your child's visual perceptual skills.
I am a firm believer in letting little ones get involved around the house from an early age. Not only does it teach responsibility, but kids actually enjoy knowing they have done something helpful and constructive.
You can get your kids involved with you in the kitchen, and with doing simple chores. There are just so many benefits, ranging from bilateral coordination skills to strengthening fine motor muscles - so check out my two detailed pages below and be inspired to get your preschool learning alongside you during everyday tasks!
Preparing for handwriting does NOT mean plonking your preschool child down with a pencil and paper and showing your child how to write his/her name!
Preschool learning activities should always include lots of movement, floor work and "big" work - working on floors, walls and vertical boards instead of on paper at a desk.
Preparation for handwriting is no different, and the activities on this page, particularly the fine motor activities and visual motor activities, will help your preschool child to work on the foundation skills needed specifically for handwriting.
My fine motor printables are jam-packed with photographed activities, tips and checklists that you can use to help your preschool child master fine motor skills.
For the price of a couple of coffees, you will have activities and resources at your finger tips for the next couple of years! Check out all my fine motor resources!
You may also be interested in checking out a whole range of preschool educational activities that have been compiled by an expert in her field over at Empowered Parents! Enjoy!
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