These are the 25+ best kindergarten activities for learning at-home
Hands-on learning does not stop at kindergarten. Our “big kids” need hands-on interaction with learning just as much as toddlers and preschoolers – it’s actually CRUCIAL that they do. These Kindergarten Activities are the best at letting kids interact, play, move, and work with important learning.
Playful learning is so important for our 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds.
RELATED: Looking for more play-based activities? Check out this list of INDOOR IDEAS for all ages.
Why do Kindergarteners need hands-on learning?
Kindergarten brains are still developing. Their hands are still growing. Asking them to work solely by pen and paper or computer screen is so far away from what they need developmentally.
They need to move.
They need to engage.
They need to be part of their learning.
These 25+ activities put the child back in the driver’s seat of their learning and give them a chance to truly be immersed in their learning – a dynamic approach far superior to working on a 2-dimensionaly sheet of paper.
Make sure to read the Kindergarten standards too…
As you’re looking at Kindergarten activities to do with your child, it’s important to also familiarize yourself with the Common Core State Standards (US only).
These standards came out in 2010 and dramatically changed the expectations on children. While Kindergarteners were not born smarter than in the past, these standards believe they were.
Enjoy these 25+ Kindergarten Activities – and keep the hands-on party going
Write the Pantry – Find words in the pantry for each letter in the alphabet
Matching Objects to Words – Matching toys to written words
Hearing Sounds – Isolating the initial sound in words
Missing Sounds in Words – Finding the vowel sounds in CVC words
Sight Word Find – Finding sight words on a giant piece of paper
Giant Word Search Activity – Make a LARGE word search for your kindergartener
Kindergarten Number Match – Post-it notes activity for numbers written in word, quantity, and equation.
How Many is 100? – Counting to 100 by 10s
Make Pattern Snakes – A patterning activity
Roll & Tally – A dice and statistics activity
LEGO Number Match – Using LEGO duplos to match numerals and quantities
Find the Equation – An addition matching activity
Sorting Coins – Sort coins into groups
Compare / WAR – The old card game
Hands-On Addition – Using egg cartons to show numbers and group into 10s and 1s
What is a Ten Frame? – Explaining and using a ten-frame to count
Dot Sticker Addition – Using dot stickers to show addition with objects
Add to 10 – Adding numbers 1-9 to
Greater than / Less than – Working with the greater than/less than equations
Introducing Addition – Using cards and objects to show groups combining
Ways to Make 10 – Finding ways to make 10
Sound Matching Sensory Bin – A sensory bin with a twist: find objects and match them to letter sounds.
Other Fun Activities
Learn Your Phone Number – Teach your K their phone number
Big Kid Sensory Bin – A reminder that big kids need sensory too
Shape Art Activity – A fun painting activity with overlapping shapes
DIY Board Game – Let your child make their own board game
Kindergarten Activities are so important – our kids need them
Moving away from worksheets and screen-based learning is CRUCIAL for this age group.
Don’t let the toddlers and preschoolers have all the hands-on fun.