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Preschool activities that support development at home

Supporting little one’s key learning skills occurs daily in a number of ways and learning through play is an essential part of their development. There are lots of activities children carry out in a preschool environment that can be enjoyed at home as well. We have worked with our experts in early years education to create the following list of ideas to help you support your preschooler’s learning and development at home.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Puppet shows
  • Dressing up and making up songs
  • Make musical instrument from recycling products (Also supports Understanding the World)
  • Use pots/pans and spoons to create music

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Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Reading stories, asking children what may happen next? Asking children to explain the story
  • Sing nursery rhymes and songs

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Physical Development

  • Playing with dough - rolling and squeezing
  • Baking - weighing ingredients, looking at numbers on scales, kneading dough (Also supports Mathematics)
  • Writing a shopping list - marks that represent shopping (Also supports Mathematics)
  • Going for walks
  • Using a scooter and bike
  • Yoga (Cosmic kids on YouTube has some great content)
  • Threading pasta

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Play turn taking games
  • Let children help with chores, sweeping up, washing up

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  • Pairing socks
  • Counting the stairs as you walk up and down them
  • Math’s walk, can you find 3 sticks? Which stick is the biggest? Which stick is the smallest?

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Understanding the World

  • Go on a nature walk, look for leaves that look the same or different (Also supports Mathematics), look for insects and animals
  • Interactive games on iPad, phone - following instructions (Also supports Communication and Language and builds attention skills)

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