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Sometimes you can get stuck in a rut of doing the same things over and over–it can be hard to think of something new, fun and engaging to do with your preschooler and toddler. That’s where this list of 30 days worth of activities comes in! As you’re doing the activities, be sure to talk with your child about what they’re doing and use descriptive language.
30 Days of Learning Activities
- Shape search. Cut out a shape for your child and give it to him as a sample. Let him look inside and outside to find shapes that match.
- Take a sponge and put grass seed on the sponge. Keep it moist and watch the grass grow.
- Without your child, gather leaves from different plants in the yard. Then play a game with them by giving the leaves to her and letting her find the same shape leaf on the plants outside.
- Walk or drive around town pointing out flags. Make a flag together out of an old pillow case. Decorate it with markers or paints and fly it on a broomstick.
- Look for living things outside. Collect things that are living and nonliving and sort them into two groups.
- Make a wind chime. Take a coat hanger, string, and metal objects such as old silverware. Tie them to the coat hanger and hang it outside.
- Have your child make a costume from an old paper bag. Help her by cutting out a place for the arms and head. Let her paint or color the costume.
- Collect empty cardboard boxes of various sizes. Use them to make a city or even a fort big enough to go in. Or make an obstacle course.
- Have your child do something special for another person today such as take them breakfast in bed, draw them a picture or tell them a story.
- Plan a picnic together. Make a list of things you will need for a picnic. Check things off the list and go on the picnic.
- Lay 6′ of yarn in a line on the ground or use 6′ of masking tape in a line. Show your child how to walk on the line one foot in front of the other. If you’re using string, you can make it into a shape or letter. Have them walk on it and try to stay on the line.
- Go in your front yard with paper and crayons. Count the doors and windows on your house. Have your child draw a picture of your house.
- Make your own bubble solution. Have your child help you mix 1/2 cup of liquid dish detergent with 1 1/4 cup of water. Give your child either a bubble pipe or a wire loop and make bubbles.
- Play circus toss. Cut a large circle in a box. Decorate it to look like a clown face with the hole being the mouth. Use a ball, sponge or bean bag and try to throw it through the hole.
- Fill the bathtub with water. Gather items and predict whether they will float or sink. Test the predictions.
- Make band instruments. Make a drum out of an oatmeal or coffee can and use a wooden spoon for a drum stick. Or make sand blocks using two blocks of wood and gluing sandpaper to each block.
- Have your child read you a story by telling you what is happening in the pictures of a book.
- Go outside in the evening and collect lightning bugs. Count how many you see. Lay in the grass and look at the stars.
- Mix colors. Show your child red, yellow and blue food coloring. Let your child paint on a piece of paper with a q-tip for each color. Then mix them to show how it makes a new color.
- Take your child for a walk. Have them help you pick up trash. Talk about the importance of keeping the earth clean.
- Sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Then draw self portraits talking about all the body parts.
- Fill the kitchen sink with water, pots and pans. Let your child play, experimenting with filling and emptying.
- Wash all the family’s cars and bikes.
- Send your child on a scavenger hunt. Make a list by drawing pictures of things both inside and outside the house to find.
- Put on some music and have a dance party. Spice things up a little by playing freeze.
- Place two pieces of string about 5″ apart. Have your child jump over both strings. Every time your child can jump over both strings, move them further apart and try again.
- Gather magazines and have your child cut out pictures of healthy foods.
- Lay outside with your eyes closed. Talk about different sounds you hear. Do this during the day and at night to see if you notice different sounds.
- Make a pop bottle band. Have your child fill empty pop bottles to different levels with water. Blow into the pop bottles and discover the different sounds you can make.
- Play a game to find what’s missing. Gather 3-5 items. Have your child close their eyes or leave the room and take away an item. Then have your child come back and guess what is missing.
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