Going to preschool is a big, sometimes scary, deal. It is a fun time in a child’s life where they get to experience the first thrills of organized learning, and the socialization of listening to a teacher and interacting with classmates. The following are a few back to school activities for preschoolers to help them gear up for the school year, get excited and prepared for learning.
I Am So big Book:
For this activity you are going to make a book of pages of things that the preschool likes and can do so that they can see that they are big, ready to play and learn away from home, and that they are an individual. You will want to print out a number of pages that say things like, “I can put on my coat” “I can brush my teeth” etc. and include a picture that they can color. This way they will be reminded of how much they can do on their own, and get to do a fun coloring project.
I Can Learn Pins:
When a kid goes back to school, and is getting ready to embark on their academic journey, it is a good idea to get them motivated, excited, and confident in their abilities. One of the best activities for achieving this objective is that of reading them books like “The Little Engine That Could.” And then letting them think on the ideas from the book. Design art projects and other activities that center around the theme of the book. For example, you can create pins that say, “I think I can.” You can print out pages that use the motto on the top of the page, and let them color what they think they can do. Let them sign something that says, “I can learn.” Then turn them into cute little pins to put on their backpacks.
This is a back to school activity that will be a lot of fun, and help them stay excited about learning. Many studies show that kids need to read twenty minutes a day. So, one of the best activities you can do for them is help them create a reading chart to chart their twenty minutes a day of reading. You can help them decorate it, and plan out the books they want to read, use magazines to find pictures of places, adventures, etc. that they want to discover while reading. Then laminate the reading chart, and let them use it all school year long.
Back to school for a preschooler can be overwhelming. Creating back to school activities can help alleviate some of the pressure, and give them a chance to have fun while learning, and psyching up to learn. Consider the needs of your preschooler, and design activities that can help meet those needs.