The pandemic has impacted the lives of families across the globe. Preschools have been closed, parents and caregivers are working remotely, and all have started practicing social distancing. It is indeed a lot to process and navigate for all of us.
For younger children, their daily routines have been upended. They yearn to go back to their daily routines, such as, going to preschool, meeting their teachers & friends, going out to play in the evenings, meeting relatives, neighbours, and playmates. The list is long.
While preschools may have closed, learning doesn’t really have to stop. The scenario gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to reflect on their ‘unparalleled’ role and respond to a child’s developmental needs. This may actually be a blessing because you can not only play and bond with your child but also actively contribute your child’s learning – all from home!
Team BestOfSchools has researched and put together some widely used playful, and simple activities that you can perform at home. All you need is to set aside just 20 minutes every day and engage your child using these age appropriate activities for 2-5 year olds.
Start with, I Say, a game that builds a preschooler’s ability to listen, comprehend and remember. It will help your child in following instructions at home and later at school.
Read ‘I Say’: A fun activity for your preschooler at home.
Memory games, a popular technique that helps improve important brain functions such as attention, concentration and focus. Play this game at home, curated and composed just for you and your little one. Read What’s Missing? A memory game for preschoolers
Brush up cognition through this Match Making activity. This activity will introduce your child with letters and sounds as they prepare to read later on.
Read An activity to teach matching objects to preschoolers
Stories help preschoolers enhance their vocabulary and language skills. Is there anyone like me? is a story to teach your child that “everyone is unique”.
Read Short Story for kids – Is there someone like me?
Another fun preschool activity that stimulates the use of memory, logic and creative thinking, thereby helping them learn to solve problems.
Read Can you tell ? Problem solving activity for preschoolers
A captivating activity for your preschooler, Pattern making, helps children develop logical thinking, organize thoughts and could also lead to be that first step towards reading.
Read Pattern-making activity for enhancing cognitive abilities of preschoolers
A very important developmental milestone in a child’s learning is not only identifying colors but also understanding the concept of colors. This unique activity makes understanding this concept easier and interesting.
Read Colour-matching board for preschoolers to develop the concept of colour
Do you know what is pincer grasp? This is another popular activity that helps your child master pincer grasp and boost fine motor skills
Read Stringing Beads preschool activity to enhance fine motor skills
Storytime again!! Use this simple story to help your child start forming a routine and also understand what’s good and what’s not so good.
Read Short Story for kids – What’s Good for you?
Finally, an activity can help your child start building their emotional quotient and learn to express self, identify and regulate emotions.
Read My Happy Book: A preschooler’s book of happiness
We hope these activities help you in actively engaging your child and work well in a home setting.
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