Teaching your child at home doesn’t have to be hard. Check out these fun and easy learning activities that you can do at home with your toddler or preschooler.
I’ve shared in my previous blog post that our family has decided to give homeschooling a chance. We haven’t been really doing “formal” lessons regularly but we’ve been giving Owen “lessons” through play. In today’s post, I’m sharing with you some of the learning activities that we’ve been doing at home. These are very easy to do and doesn’t require complicated DIY skills.
Patterns and Blocks
I wanted to utilize the toys that we already have at home and use them as learning activities. For this first one, I used some of Owen’s colorful building blocks. The first thing that I did was to build figures or patterns with the blocks. Then I drew and colored them on index cards. The idea is to give your child the drawn pattern and have them build it using the blocks.
It’s a great way to help your kids develop their eye for detail, their problem solving skills, and most especially the perseverance to finish a task. You can make the pattern as simple or as complex depending on the age or level of your child.
Pompoms and Ice Tray
My son, Owen, is now four but we haven’t really focused on teaching him about counting yet. He can recite his numbers already but he doesn’t fully understand quantity yet. So to help him, we’re starting with one-to-one correspondence first. To help him understand quantity, I prepared a learning activity using an ice tray, colorful felt pompoms and a clothespin.
The activity is fairly simple because all your child needs to do is to put one pompom in each of the space on the tray. I made the activity a bit more complex by telling Owen to pick up the pompoms with the clothespin. You can also use beads or other counters of your choice for this activity.
Park and Count with Cars
My son loves cars and we have tons of them. So for this activity, I’m using his toy cars to teach him about counting. This is very simple to do and requires less effort to prepare because you can just use UNO Cards. If you don’t have UNO cards you can use Flash Cards or you can just DIY by writing numbers on pieces of paper or cardstock.
Lay-out the cards from 1 to 5 (or until 10 if you want). Then add a corresponding amount of Uno Cards below it. So for card 1, you’ll put one card. For card 2, you’ll put two cards. And so on. Once you’ve laid the cards or the “parking lot,” the task of the child is to park the corresponding amount of cars into each of the slots. This is a great way to teach your child about number recognition and also quantity.
Learning to Use Scissors
The next learning activity is appropriate for preschoolers who are a bit older. All you need are pieces of paper, a pen and kid-friendly scissors. To make this activity, you just need to draw several line patterns on the paper. Start with straight and slanted lines. If your child is more advanced in using scissors, you can add squiggly lines. The task of the child then is to cut the paper along the lines that you have drawn.
This activity will help your child learn to control his hands to develop their fine motor skills. Make sure you also give safety instructions to your child when it comes to handling scissors.
Our son is starting to impose his independence most especially when it comes to dressing up. He has been insisting he does it on his own most especially when he would need to wear something with buttons. So to help him practice, I made these mini buttoning activity for him from rectangular pieces of felt cloth and buttons in various sizes. All you need to do is to sew a button in each of felt pieces. Then simply snip a button hole on the other side of the felt cloth. Aside from learning how to button up, this activity also helps develop your child’s fine motor skills which can be a great preparation for writing.
These learning activities are very simple to prepare and I’m sure your kid would enjoy it, too. If you want to see a video on how I prepared and introduced these activities to my son, you may watch it on my Youtube channel or here: