Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dont Blame the Teacher: Preschool Activities, Part 2

Number Matchup

  • Index cards
  • Pen or marker
  • Old magazines (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Glue (optional)


  1. Make up two sets of index cards. On one set write numbers from 1 to 10, or higher. On the other set, draw (or cut outfrom magazines) pictures of objects that correspond to the numbers of the first set.
  2. Lay all the cards on the table, face up, and have your child match each numbered card to the card with the corresponding number of objects.

Number Fun

  • Index cards or small pieces of paper
  • Pen or marker
  • Tape


  1. Write the numbers 1 to 10 on index cards or separate sheets of paper.
  2. Tape them on the windows around your house and ask your child to bring you a particular number.
  3. When she has mastered this, have her count objects, such as the number of plates on the table, and bring you the card with the correct number.

Connect-the-Dots Alphabet or Numbers

  • Paper
  • Pen or marker
  • Crayon


  1. Draw a dot-to-dot outline of a simple picture. (Try tracing some pictures from your child's coloring books.) Also you Visit our Dont Blame a Teacher Folder for some printable pictures
  2. Starting with the letter A, place each letter of the alphabet at a consecutive dot.
  3. Have your child connect the dots by identifying each letter.

Food Count

  • Empty egg carton
  • Pen or marker
  • Small food items (raisins, cereal, chocolate chips, candies)


  1. Write the numbers 1 to 12 on the individual sections of an egg carton.
  2. Have your child count out each number using small food items.
  3. Then have her fill the numbered section with the correct number of items.
  4. Once the sections are filled, work in reverse, having your child identify each number, count the pieces, then eat them!

Word Recognition

  • Index cards
  • Pen or marker
  • Old magazines
  • Photographs (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Once your child can recognize the letters of the alphabet, you may want to start practicing simple word recognition.
  2. On one set of index cards, write some simple words, such as cat, dog, or bird.
  3. On another set, draw or cut out magazine pictures that illustrate the words you have chosen.
  4. Lay all the cards on the table, face up, and have your child match each word to the corresponding picture.
  5. Try name recognition by using photographs of your child, siblings, friends, relatives, and so on.
  6. Write the name of each person on an index card and have your child match the photo to the appropriate name.

Alphabet Playdough

  • Playdough or modeling clay

  1. Help your child form letters out of playdough or modeling clay.
  2. Then, have her close her eyes, feel a letter, and try to identify it by shape.
  3. As a tasty variation, make some Alphabet Cookies and bake your alphabet!

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