Toddlers, Tots, and Littles Oh My!!! I hear you, the preschool/toddler age can be a rough season of life. If you homeschool with older kids, it can be hard to do with a preschooler running around. If you are struggling to educate them, because they don’t seem interested or get bored easily, then welcome. I understand and empathize with you! My preschooler LOVES school, but she does get frustrated or bored sometimes with typical book work, or my 2-year-old wants to join in as well. It can be hard to entertain and educate this age, but I have found 15 Educational Activities Your Preschooler Will Love!
We just recently bought this game as an intro to board games ( I am a game junky, I love them!). I wasn’t sure if she would understand or pick up on it. However, once we played the first round, she was hooked! I had heard great things about this game for pre-k age children, and I was not disappointed.
Not only that but, it was super simple, teaches basic board game skills, fine-motor skills, and of course counting/beginner math! I love the fact that there is no loser or winner. You work as a team to collect the baby chicks before mama hen gets to the coop! Not only does the child have to count the spaces, but also count the chicks as they are placed in the coop! Seriously so much fun!
#2 Floor Puzzles
I remember doing floor puzzles as a kid, like a giant princess puzzle, etc. However, they have upped their game since I was a kid lol! I was in barned and nobles and found some gorgeous floor puzzles, we ended up getting a beautiful nature puzzle. The pieces are also big for the kids to pick up, it’s fun to work together, and they don’t have too many pieces. The one we got has about 35 pieces I believe.
Also, the great thing is, my littlest tot can join in on the fun and can use teamwork to solve the puzzle! My daughter’s brain gears start to turn, and she gets so into it! This is a great way to have them busy for a while if you, like me, need to finish dishes or laundry. If you’re a teacher, this is a great activity to occupy them while you clean up another activity, or get some work done!
The button nail toy is part of a little hands skill for preschoolers to exercise hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and creative thinking. It helps teach color recognition, pattern recognition, and is just plain fun! My kids LOVE this toy! I personally love to break it out when I’m doing a read-a-long, or doing a lesson. It helps their hands stay busy while I do the talking.
Also, I love to give it to my tot to keep him busy for a while, so I can concentrate more on my preschooler. However, she usually ends up helping him or doing it along with him. She loves it that much.
#4 ABC Bingo
Since my preschooler is still learning her letters, and my tot is even picking upon them. I try to find different ways (other than flashcards) to enforce what they are learning. Flashcards are great, but they can get super boring after a while. So I picked up this Alphabet Bingo game, and it has been a hit. My tot teams up with me against my daughter and it’s a lot of fun.
What I love about it, is it not only has the letters but also pictures of things that start with that letter. So not only are they learning the letters, but also their sounds, and some beginner words! A great addition to our 15 Educational Activities Your Preschooler Will Love!
Pattern blocks and board sets let kids enjoy a classic math manipulative and learning activity. It’s great for spatial awareness, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving. It’s great for toddlers and preschoolers alike. Another great one to give to them if you need to get some work done, work with another kid, or really just for fun! I have all my sets out in my Ikea shelf, and rotate them, that way they can easily access them, and they are always different.
Sometimes I will pick out an image that goes along with a lesson or story I’m reading. For example the bunny one for any Peter Rabbit books, etc. The possibilities are endless if you know how to use your imagination!
Just spin the spinner and pick up the matching acorn with your Squirrel Squeezer, placing it in your log. The first to collect 5 acorns wins! A great game for preschoolers and tots to learn their colors! I love the fact that it also comes with a book to read, so it a bit more engaging. (Really I just like any chance to read a book… lol)
I love that this is an easy game, involves some fine motor skills to use the squirrel squeezers, and helps enforce colors. Not only that it’s just a fun game to play with my littles. My kids love being involved and playing no matter what it is!
This simple and adorable fishing game offers hours of fun for children. It is not only a fun activity for your little kids but also is a great toy for learning the alphabet, color recognition!
The Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game is a great teaching tool to develop your kid’s hand and eye coordination as well as their motor skills. Alphabet Fish Games challenging enough to keep kids entertained, yet easy enough to promote confidence. Plus the kiddos just love going fishing!
I think this might be my favorite on our 10 Educational ACtivities Your Preschooler Will Love list! I love fishing too lol
My kiddos love sorting toys! they love matching colors, using the big tweezers to move objects from one place to another. But most importantly I love that they are learning while having fun!
This Muffin Match-Up Toy helps develop math skills with these mini muffin counters. Also, it helps them learn color recognition, matching, sorting, counting, and early math skills.
We just recently introduced the game of Bingo to our kids, and my daughter Marie wants to play it ALL the time now lol. We have a few different styles/themes. But this one is a great way to learn to match items, learn beginner words, and even introduce reading.
Perfect for pre-readers and early readers builds language and matching skills in preschool kids through fun, fast-paced play. Zingo is as popular in the classroom with teachers as it is in the home with families!
Recently I bought our first-floor puzzle, and my daughter had so much fun! She felt accomplished every time she matched a piece. It is a great activity to do as a family, I used to love putting together huge intricate puzzles with my cousins.
What Happens Next? is a fun, picture sequencing game designed to help build visual discrimination and sequence skills. Only the right pieces fit together as young learners acquire an understanding of logical order; a perfect tool for this pre-reading skill!
How cute is this game!!!! I love monkeys lol My kids love them too (probably cause they act like them lol). Sometimes math can be confusing to explain, or our kiddos can struggle to understand math concepts. However, incorporating math in a fun game type of way, allows them to learn while having fun.
Something I’ve learned on my homeschool journey is that if you can find a way to educate with hands-on activities and games, the less stressed you and your child will be. They will be too busy having fun, and not even realize they are learning too!
This game teaches basic counting and beginning math skills and encourages retention through stimulating multi-level math games. Get toddlers and young kids on the counting and mathematics fast track! Monkey Balance improves memory, encourages interactive play, and helps develop fine motor skills. Cute graphics and colorful design are eye-catching for the whole family! Monkey Balance also makes a great gift for young girls, boys, and families!
I have not done this one yet, BUT, I am so excited to do this for our nature unit study in the spring! My daughter loves butterflies, and my son just likes bugs in general. So, I’m hoping this will be a hit for my kids to enjoy! Shoot…even I’m excited about this one lol.
An authenticated butterfly garden can help cultivate an interest in stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). It also can help teach patience and the life-cyle. Such a great activity for the springtime! Such a fun addition to our 15 Educational Activities Your Preschooler Will Love!
Building Blocks of any kind are a great way to introduce more STEM activities to your kiddos! It teaches them to use their creativity & imagination. It also starts early architecture interest & skills. But really it’s just a great hands-on activity for them to keep busy! I like these magnetic ones because they are easy to use, colorful, and they have fun putting them against our glass doors. The sunlight hits them and they look like stained glass!
Help children master the basic knowledge of geometry, magnet, construction, 3D forms, develop kids’ imagination, creativity, motor skills, 3D spatial thinking, logical ability, color, and shape recognition. Perfect use at family, kindergarten, daycare centers, preschool, Junior Grade schools,…etc. A great gift to spend quality time with the one you love!
This is another great idea for when the weather gets warm again! Something we love to do as a family is to go on nature walks! We visit our local park, walk around the neighborhood, or even our own backyard most of the time. I am getting one of these for my kids to explore outside and see what they can find! My daughter’s not a fan of bugs, but I’m hoping this will get her to be more excited and curious about the small world beneath our feet!
Teach kids to read maps and explore the world with nature toys that come with a real, working compass, binoculars for bird watching, a butterfly net, a writing notepad, magnifying glass, and much more. Along with a bugs catcher, this is a great bird-watching kit for kids too because it includes mini binoculars. Another favorite addition to our 15 Educational Activities Your Preschooler Will Love that I’m super excited about!
I found this awesome hanging Human Anatomy puzzle on amazon! Like, look how awesome this is! I’m so excited about this one. My daughter loves to play doctor, especially now that she is older and pays attention when we go to the pediatrician. She even tries to help the Dr. give my son a check-up, it’s adorable. So I can’t wait for this to arrive at our door, I think she will love this!
Parent’s can teach toddlers to find body parts, learn body organs, muscles, skeleton function from this wooden magnetic body puzzle game, toddler puzzle is a perfect learning educational toy for boys and girls, they will know the body is made up of different parts, with male and female consciousness. Another great early STEM activity for your littles.
I know I know another nature STEM activity… but look how cool it is!!! I love terrariums, it was one of my favorite science experiments/activities when I was in elementary school. Now as an adult I get so excited about gardening lol I blame my grandmother! I CANNOT wait to do this with my kids this spring for our nature unit study, they are going to love putting this together. Especially because it Glows In The Dark!!! Come on that’s pretty epic. lol
Explore the wonder of nature and science with the Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium Kit! This indoor activity for kids allows you to craft, plant, water, and grow your own mini-ecosystem. Just add water for a unique science experience! The perfect STEAM activity that mixes science and art. Create your own terrarium while learning responsibility and nurturing.
Those are our 15 Educational Activities Your Preschooler Will Love! There are so many amazing games and activities out there honestly, the best thing to do is follow other homeschoolers/teachers on Instagram, or follow us on our social media for more ideas. Pinterest is another fun way to find activities for preschoolers. You can’t go wrong teaching your kids in a new and exciting way, and I’ve learned hands-on learning can be so much easier to grasp for them. I would love to hear some of the fun games and activities you’ve found for your preschoolers! My wishlist is always growing lol.
Written By: Brittany Coleman
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