Favorite at Home Activities for Children ages 2-6
Schools have been shut down and Coronavirus has our children stuck at home. I truly hope this all passes quickly and we can resume back to our normal everyday activities soon. For now, I have put together some of my favorite activities for young children that can be done with things you may already have in your home. Enjoy!
1. Sort and Count Color Bottles (recommended ages 2-4)
For this activity you'll need water bottles (which most of you should have LOL), markers, and colored pom balls. The idea here is to help your child learn their colors and numbers by placing the pom balls into the water bottles. This activity will also help your child develop their pincer grasp and fine motor skills which are later used in grade school when they practice writing.
2. Shape Stickers and Toilet Paper Rolls (recommended ages 2-4)
There's a theme going here. Notice how I am trying to implement what I think you'll have plenty of at home? :) For this activity, you'll need shape stickers (can be found on Amazon or Michael's) and toilet paper/paper towel rolls. You start by drawing the shapes on the roll and letting your child match the shapes to each other. This is also great for developing the pincer grasp.
3. Bird Feeder Toilet Paper Roll (recommended ages 3-6)
For this activity you'll need a toilet paper roll, peanut butter and bird seeds. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if you want to extend the activity, you can find printables online and discuss the lifecylce of a bird, types of bird and even go bird watching! Spring is finally here so birds will be out and you can go bird watching by making your own binoculars with you guessed it-toilet paper rolls! Add some paint to your binoculars for some extra fun!
4. Water Color Mixing (recommended ages 2-6)
This activity is one of our favorites! It is simple and educational. You'll need plastic egg cartons, food coloring/water colors, and a water dropper. I love using the droppers that come with the medication. These can also be found on Amazon. The idea here is to use the primary colors-red, blue and yellow in order to make more colors. Start by filling your egg carton with water and let the children begin to mix and see what makes purple, green, orange and more.
5. Dot Sticker Activities (recommended ages 3-6)
This activity is so versatile! Most children between the ages of 2 and 6 can peel stickers on their own which makes this activity appropriate. If your child has a hard time peeling stickers, try peeling the surrounding outer layer for them first and that should help them peel stickers on their own. This picture shows a student lining up the colored dot stickers on a rainbow which helps with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. To make this activity more challenging, you can write uppercase letters on a paper and lowercase letters on the stickers and have your child match uppercase and lowercase. You can do this with math problems as well.
6. Language and Math Egg-tivities (recommended ages 3-7)
This is probably my favorite activity as a teacher because its easy to make it challenging for older children. I use plastic eggs from years before to help my children with reading, letter sounds, rhyming words, opposites and more. For children in Kindergarten through 1st, you could practice synonyms, compound words, contractions, and even math like multiplication! All you have to do is put the equation on one half of the egg and the answer on the other half and let your child practice their math by matching the egg parts.
I hope you enjoy these activities with your children and I hope it makes your time at home more enjoyable! I tried to make them as simple as possible so you don't need many materials. If you want some tips on how to incorporate Montessori at home, please check out my blog post collaboration with Babyquip. I have also collaborated with Yowie Chocolate and wrote a blog post on Valentine Activities for Children, although these could be used all throughout the year. Please check out my Instagram for more ideas and activities, such as rainbow rice and edible playdough!
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Our school garden offers so many fun and interesting opportunities for children, and teaches them invaluable lessons. They get a chance to learn about the different seasons, weather and the affects they have on the plants. It's also an opportunity to learn about different insects we might come across
Gardening engages all sorts of senses. Children can feel the texture of soil, seeds, flowers, etc. It also helps develop hand-eye coordination and builds physical strength. As children garden, they develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing and cutting.
Growing a garden not only teaches children hard work, but they get a sense of achievement when they eat food, they have grown themselves. It’s not just the process of growing them, but learning about all the different fruits and vegetables they can grow, when is best to grow certain ones, and the process when it’s time to harvest.
Growing any sort of plant teaches children responsibility. They will quickly learn they get out what they put in. If the plants aren’t regularly watered and taken care of, they won’t flourish. Gardening takes time and is no overnight process. Children will need to learn to be patience when waiting for their flowers and vegetables to grow.
The photo above is showing children enjoying Rainbow Rice in our homemade sensory table. We added funnels and scoopers to the table so that the children can practice their scooping skills and fine motor skills.
We are highly passionate about sensory play. Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Through this type of play, children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc).
The photo on the left shows children enjoying our outdoor sensory wall with shaving cream. Other times, they use finger paint with the primary colors to learn about color mixing.
The photo above shows two of our students enjoying small world play with kinetic sand, rocks, small animals, and more. The kinetic sand develops hand-eye coordination and develops creativity.
Small World Play
Small world play is an important aspect of children’s play, aiding many areas of development. Imaginative skills are supported allowing the child to express thoughts and experiences into their play, while exploring the world in which they live.
Small world play offers the opportunity for children to build on their language skills, expanding their vocabulary and their understanding. This type of play not only supports a range of areas for development, but also benefits the child’s independent play skills. Independent play is vital in gaining self confidence and awareness of a child’s self. Children are able to learn new words and practice using them in context. Expressive language skills can be encouraged through a small world experience, allowing the child to narrate their play and talk about what is happening.
Children use their own experiences of the world to build on their imaginative skills. Small world play offers the opportunity for children to act out these experiences in a controlled way. Children will often learn a great deal about cause and effect through small world as they have a great deal of control over the play. This allows them to experiment with different actions, leading them to understand different outcomes. This allows a safe environment for the children to practice cause and effect without great consequences.