If there is one thing I have come to know, it’s awesome activities for preschoolers. Benjamin visits a wonderful preschool two mornings a week and this lovely place is FULL of amazing activities for preschoolers.
The two lovely people who run this preschool have allowed me to share their classroom activities with you – and since they change up the space each month, this is going to be a monthly addition to How Wee Learn!
One of the things I love the most about the ideas in this preschool classroom is that they would also make fabulous activities for at home too.
Here are the wonderful learning activities for preschoolers that are set up in the classroom for January.
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There is so much goodness in this room I am just going to get right to it. I will simply start from one side of the classroom and work my way through:
This space has been made so cozy for winter time. A lovey found-in-the-storage-room fireplace was freshly painted and these super neat electric logs were added which sounds as though they are really crackling! Some little chairs and a basket of books make this space super inviting.
These were new to me, but the neatest things! Buddha boards are used to draw or write with water and then the message disappears so it can be used again and again. I love the addition of little candlestick holders for holding the water. Great for fine motor skills, practicing a pencil grip, and encouraging creativity.
No preschool classroom is complete without playdough! I swear by this no-cook version: 5 minutes to make and lasts for 6 months. This month some small sequins and jewels were added to encourage loose part play, as well as some scissors and other tools to strengthen little hands.
Wood and Stones Loose Parts:
How inviting is this space?! I could easily spend a whole morning creating and playing here … umm … with Ben. Some big wood slices, a few lovely smooth stones, and this sweet little farm set and dolls set make this the stage for so many fabulous adventures. This center is fabulous for encouraging imaginative play, story telling, and retelling stories too!
Screws in Stumps:
This idea is great for inside or out. Start a few screws in big wooden logs, attach a screwdriver with twine and let little ones learn about safely and properly using tools. Activities like this strengthen hands for future writing, as well as encourage following rules and learning about safety.
We know that little ones love to imitate – this makeup area is perfect for the start of imaginative play. It is placed right in the house center and is well loved by little girls and boys alike. Lids are hot glued on to ensure this center stays imaginary!
Puzzles and Games:
There is a nice quiet area to the preschool classroom as well. Some independent puzzles, games, and quiet time activities are housed on shelves in a quiet corner in the back of the classroom. This is a great spot for little ones to practice some letter and number skills.
BINGO colour sort:
Isn’t this a neat idea? Preschoolers love spinning this BINGO cage and sorting the coloured balls into the correct spot on the wooden sorting tray. That wooden tray is so neat, but muffin tins would work too. This activity could be used in so many ways too: add letters to the balls, numbers, shapes, spell names …
If the little explorers are brave enough to enter this arctic cave they are rewarded with a bin full of flashlights (a preschoolers dream!) This cave was created using some tables and white sheets held in place under the legs of the table. Some great winter books and penguins, huskies, and polar bears leave lots of talking and learning to happen naturally. Including the discussion about how polar bears and penguins don’t actually get to live near the same Arctic cave 🙂
Laminated Paper and dry erase markers:
Some laminated construction paper makes very frugal whiteboards for little hands. My Ben sure loved these dry erase markers with the eraser attached to the lid. This activity is great for little ones practicing letters or numbers, or for drawing lovely pictures. Pop a name or even just a letter on the construction paper before laminating to encourage little ones to practice their letters.
Inclined Planes and Balls:
One of the ‘wedge’ wooden blocks was placed in front of the block area with a small basket of balls. This is such a great invitation to learn about so many things! A really nice big block set is really a staple in a preschool or kindergarten classroom. This particular set are my favourite. So durable, easy to store, and perfect for so much learning filled play.
Hanging Wet Paintings:
I really adore this idea of using branches mounted to the wall to hang up children’s artwork! Such a simple idea, but it looks so beautiful. Simply wrap some twine around the branches in loops and attach a clothespin. A lovely way to let art work dry, or to display masterpieces!
That wraps up our January preschool activities tour! Be sure to check back in a few weeks when we add the February activities for those little ones.
Be sure to think outside the classroom too Mamas – so many of these ideas would be fabulous for home in the playroom, for a play date, or a rainy day! Preschoolers are capable of doing so many things.
Thank you Heather and Michelle for letting me share your pretty classroom and amazing preschool activities in this space!
Thank you so much for reading friends. I hope you had a lovely weekend!