Looking for a GO-TO list of Preschool Activities? This is it.
I love a good preschool activities moment, but I HATE having to blindly search Pinterest for the “good ones”. It just takes way too long.
I know you feel me.
There are so many amazing preschool activities for us to use at home – but wouldn’t it be easier if they were all in one place? Friends, it is here.
Welcome to my comprehensive list of activities for preschoolers. I’m so excited to roll this out.
What activities are good for preschoolers?
Any activity that involves PLAY is a great activity for a preschooler.
The world is just opening to them and they are sponges trying to take all the information in. Plus, they do have a few more skills and a lot more background knowledge / life experience than toddlers, along with all that wonder and imagination.
They are living in such a sweet spot for activities.
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So what kind of activities do preschoolers need?
- Our preschoolers need hands-on learning (so do our big kids but this post is focusing on preschoolers).
- Our preschoolers need tangible (they need to TOUCH everything).
- Our preschoolers need a chance to learn by doing (and actual doing, not pencil to paper doing).
But the activities in this list are ones they can in addition to those. Toddlers aren’t ready for complex math activities using dice and tallies – but our preschoolers are.
I wanted a post that really highlighted activities that are geared more towards the pre-k crowd. So I wrote one…
Do you need worksheets for these?
In a nut shell: no. But first, I need to get on my soap box for a minute.
There’s an INFLUX of preschool activities nowadays that use printables or worksheets and friends, that’s just not what our kids need.
Our preschoolers can do SO MUCH with their hands
Let’s give them a chance to show off their skills and abilities WITHOUT using a two-dimensional worksheet.
Here are 50+ activities that prove just how capable and amazing these kids are.
My Favorite List of Preschool Activities
Because I cannot just throw a list of 50-something activities out into the world, I’ve broken this list into three learning categories: STEM (particularly math and science), literacy, and art.
Remember, just because I didn’t include an array of sensory bin or motor skill activities doesn’t mean we walk away from those once we hit preschool land…
I simply wanted to highlight some learning activities for preschoolers that may be a tad much for the toddler crowd.
STEM Activities for Preschoolers
The STEM list of preschool activities is broken into a two sub groups – apparently, I really like grouping.
I divided it into math activities & science activities to make it even easier to find the right activity for your kiddo.
Math Activities for Preschoolers
Preschool Math with Duplo Legos – Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls
Introducing Addition – Busy Toddler
Count & Bead: Pre-K Math Activity – No Time for Flashcards
Shadow Activity: Build the Blocks to Match – Hands on as We Grow
Shape Sorting Activity – Busy Toddler
Skyscraper Day Building Activity – No Time for Flashcards
Corn Sorting Preschool Math Activity – Busy Toddler
2D Shape Hunt – Playdough to Plato
Find the Shapes – Busy Toddler
Cut and Paste Shape Game for Kids – Playdough to Plato
Make a Domino Line-Up – Busy Toddler
How Many Legos Long? – Playdough to Plato
Post-it Number Line Activity – Busy Toddler
Preschool Build and Measure Center – Play Teach Repeat
How to Use a Ten-Frame – Busy Toddler
Shaving Cream Foam Block Sensory Play – Days with Grey
Easy Sticker Number Match – Busy Toddler
Post-it Number Match – Busy Toddler
Roll & Count Tally Activity – Busy Toddler
Science Activities for Toddlers
Blowing Balloons with Baking Soda and Vinegar – Hands on as We Grow
Making Potions Science Experimenting – Busy Toddler
Microwave Ivory Soap Experiment – Happy Hooligans
Itsy Bitsy Spider Sensory and STEM Activity – Play Teach Repeat
Bubble Droppers Science Experiment – Busy Toddler
Cool Science: Spring Salt Painting – Toddler Approved
Literacy Activities for Preschoolers
Welcome to my list of 20+ Literacy Activities for Preschoolers – we are talking alphabet letters, sounds, name recognition and all the other fun preschool work on road to reading.
There’s no rush to learn to read, and these activities are ONLY meant for kids who are ready for them. Don’t worry or push your preschooler into literacy…it’ll happen naturally.
When they are ready to explore the ABCs – this is your list.
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Find Your Name Breakfast Invitation – Days with Grey
Letter Board Name Search – Preschool Inspirations
Alphabet Line-Up with Post-it Notes – Busy Toddler
Hidden Name Art – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Alphabet Sticky Wall – Toddler Approved
Alphabet Ice Game for Kids – Days with Grey
Building Names – Busy Toddler
Sensory Name Recognition Activity – Play Teach Repeat
Alphabet Tunnel Play – Toddler Approved
Sticker Name Recognition Activity – Busy Toddler
Color Words Drive-Up – Days with Grey
ABC Tube Alphabet Matching – Busy Toddler
Giant Alphabet Sticker Connect the Dots Game – Toddler Approved
Marshmallow & Toothpick: Alphabet Building Challenge – Play Teach Repeat
Post-It Names – Busy Toddler
Chrysanthemum Preschool Name Art – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Alphabet Soup Matching – Busy Toddler
Alphabet Construction Zone – Play Teach Repeat
Giant Word Search – Busy Toddler
Build Your Name – No Time for Flashcards
Build an Alphabet Wall with Preschoolers – Toddler Approved
Easy Alphabet Match Up – Busy Toddler
Family Name Matching – Busy Toddler
Art Activities for Preschoolers
Who doesn’t love a good preschool art moment?!
This list of art activities is filled with process art ideas that preschoolers just love.
Process art is a fancy term for “art that has no predetermined end appearance”. It’s a beautiful thing to let our preschoolers explore art without any preconceived expectations.
Paint the Ice – Days with Grey
Watercolor Coffee Filter Flower – Hands on as We Grow
Bubble Painting Art Activity – Fun Learning for Kids
Outdoor Name Art – Busy Toddler
Rubber Band Splatter Painting – Hands on as We Grow
Seashell Self Portrait – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Play Dough Trays for Preschoolers – Play Teach Repeat
Color Mixing Activity – Days with Grey
Frozen Paint Process Art – Busy Toddler
Paper Plate and Button Self Portrait – No Time For Flash Cards
Monster Collage Art Activity – Fun Learning for Kids
Vibrant Paper Towel Art – Happy Hooligans
Pop Can Prints – Easy Art Project – No Time for Flash Cards
Body Paint Process Art – Busy Toddler
Ladybug Art – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Paper Plate Art – Play Teach Repeat
Salt, Glue, and Watercolors Writing Activity – Happy Hooligans
50+ Awesome Preschool Activities – that’s a wrap!
There’s a whole world of play-based learning activities for preschoolers out there – it’s just a matter of finding them.
What are your favorite activities for preschoolers?