My 4-year-old is a very busy boy. He likes to be on the go all the time. To avoid him getting into mischief if boredom hits, I have always carried a variety of activities and toys with us.
As school is fast approaching for him, I thought it would be good to create a few educational activity packs to play with. I got the inspiration for the content from a visit to his new school. So many great activities were going on in the prep classes.
Here is what I have created:
This activity helps children not only recognise letters but become familiar with sight words.
You can find printable lists and flash cards with sight words all over the net. I used these ones from our state government website as they are written in the cursive font taught in Queensland schools. I printed each sight word onto coloured A5 paper and laminated them to create flash cards. As there are 100 sight words, I have started with only printing 20.
I then purchased a heap of cheap wooden pegs and using a marker, printed the letters from each sight word onto the pegs.
I broke these 2o sight words up into 4 activities and placed them into large ziplock bags.
To play, Master O must peg the correct letter to each sight word flash card until he has created each word. The action of pegging the letter to the flash card helps develop his fine motor skills.
Colour Matching and Fine Motor Training
This activity helps children learn colours, their spelling, as well as develop their fine motor skills.
I cut out various coloured card and laminated them to create flash cards. I printed each colour’s name on the card in permanent pen.
I picked up a bag of coloured match sticks, a container to hold them in and a pair of small tongs from a variety store.
To play, Master O must pick up the matchsticks from the container and place them on the correct coloured flash card. If I want to make things more difficult for him, I set up a stopwatch so he has to race the clock. If he is feeling nimble, Master O can also use the tongs to place the matchsticks in patterns.
Master O thinks these activities are lots of fun and I love that they keep both his mind and body active. I have put together a few other activity packs, including some for my 18 month old that I will share with you soon.
Have a great day.