My 34 month old is not quite ready for official preschool, so I decided to make an activity can so we could do preschool at home. This way I don’t have to go through all the work of having a complete lesson plan everyday, but he still gets educational and developmental activities worked in to his schedule. I color coded little sticks and put them in a can so we could pull out activities in a variety of areas each week including: Art/Music, Science, Physical, and Language development.
Preschool at Home Can
- Big popsicle sticks aka tongue depressors
- Colorful paper
- Paper cutter
- White Glue
- Fine tip Sharpie
- Can (mine was an Ovaltine can with a lid from La Choy noodles because I wanted blue not brown)
I was going to glue the paper to the sticks and then exacto knife the edges clean, but then I remembered a 4th grade incident where they handed me a 2 liter bottle and a box cutter and wanted me to make a bird feeder resulting in this scar. I’m pretty sure box cutters are banned from Elementary schools now.
Anyway, I quickly realized that cutting the paper to size first would be way easier and safer.
3. Using a squiggle of glue secure a paper strip to the stick. Trim the excess corners with your scissors.
Edit: I got many of my preschool at home activity ideas from Family Fun magazine, Utah Family Magazine, and lots from my kid friendly and preschool collections of bookmarks from blogs.
6. I figured 4 days a week for preschool at home was plenty so we will draw a different colored stick each day so we get activities in each area.
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