What would preschool be without activities? Preschool activities provide an excellent way of teaching basic themes and ideas to the children while having fun. These preschool activities fall into two categories: the five senses and the alphabet.
The Five Senses
The five senses is a popular theme for preschool activities because it incorporates a lot of hands on things to do. When teaching children about the sense of touch, bring in many pairs of square-shaped samples of fabrics of different textures, such as silk, corduroy, and fun fur. Set the squares out on a table, and blindfold the children one at a time to match the squares using their senses of touch.
A variation on the touch activity is to cut a medium-sized hole in the top of a shoebox, and place the squares of fabric in the box. The children then guess what the fabric is by matching it with the remaining sample squares.
Next here’s a good listening activity for children to learn about the sense of hearing by shaking bottles and trying to match their sound. Before the class, fill 2 small plastic bottles beans, 2 with rice, 2 with salt, and 2 with flour. Firmly tape the lids in place because the kids will be shaking the bottles.
The concept of the shaker idea can also be applied to the sense of smell. Before the class, dab a small amount of perfume, onion juice and lemon juice onto two cotton balls apiece, placing the scented cotton balls into six small glass jars. Have the children smell each of the jars, try to find the matching jars and identify the smells.
The final in this series of preschool activities for the five senses is the one that children like most: taste. Before coming to class, make two batches of lemonade, one with sugar and one without. Have each child sample both drinks to determine which is sweet and which is sour.
Learning the Alphabet
Another popular theme for preschool activities is the alphabet. These two activities are popular because children can start off with letters they recognize and know, gradually moving on to new letters.
The first letter game is a variation on Bingo. Before the class, make a number of bingo cards with letters instead of numbers. Also, to avoid confusion, in lieu of writing the word BINGO atop the card, color each row a different color. As the instructor calls out letters, children place a token over top of that letter. The first to score a complete line shouts out “BINGO!”
The next alphabet activity, Letter Memory, requires a set of blank cards with letters printed on each side. Make sure there’s two of every letter, because the children will be matching the cards. Flip over 6 or 7 pairs of letter cards so that the letters are not visible to the children. One at a time, the children turn over two cards in an attempt to find the matching pairs.