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6 Simple fun activities to teach a preschooler - Part 1

Carol
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6 Simple fun activities to teach a preschooler Part 1

There are an infinite number of ways to make learning a great experience. All it takes is imagination to come up with fun games and ideas. We bring to you 6 great ideas that will make learning effortless for your child. Read here.


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Shakila Kuppusamy

| Oct 11, 2015

Alphabetical wooden/plastic fixing puzzling will be of great useful to toddlers to identify and learn alphabets quickly than rhymes and recitation. This is my experience and worked out very nicely for my kid.

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Carol

| Oct 08, 2015

Hi Pooja, To teach alphabets, teach alphabet rhymes to first learn to recite the alphabets. use alphabet peg puzzle, alphabet block puzzle, floor jigsaw puzzles,fridge magnets to learn to identify alphabets. use lexicon cards to play memory games or to randomly identify the alphabets. Choose one alphabet a day and make your child circle it in magazines or newspaper, Start with upper case letters and then move on to lower case. Play treasure hunt by hiding the alphabets all round the house. Let him call out the alphabet name after he finds each alphabet. make him create his own alphabet book choosing one alphabet for few days. fill each alphabet page with pictures of the objects or real objects, whose name starts with that particular alphabet. make him draw pictures of object that starts with the alphabet, decorate each page with markers, stickers, painting. play alphabet and drawing game where you write an alphabet and make him draw some object using the alphabet. you can take turns to draw. draw a snake or a vase with S, ball with O, umbrella with J, fan with q etc.. Use the above visual cues to make him remember the alphabets. Also use sign language such as victory sign for V, pause sign for T, make an L with fore finger and thumb keeping them perpendicular to each other to represent L, join the tip of both the thumbs to form an angle to show A and so on. Use your imagination. look for alphabets in logos such as BMW, Volkswagen (VW), Acura (A), Mazda (M), honda(H), KFC, 3M, BBC etc. Select the category of logos based on his interest. First let him learn to identify the letters when shown randomly. Most kids are good in visualization. so first name the alphabet and ask him to find it from a collection. the alphabet name is very abstract for him. So he may not remember the alphabet name. But when the name is given to him to find the visual representation, it will be easier to pick up the alphabet from collection. once he is comfortable picking up all the right alphabets from the collection, in the next step, do it vice versa. Show the alphabet and ask the (abstract) name of the alphabet. hope these are useful.

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Pooja

| Oct 08, 2015

Plz suggest some idea abut alphabet recognition....

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manju

| Jul 14, 2015

Gr8 ideas

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Rita kotak

| Jun 20, 2015

Good ideas ......

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Aastha Jain

| Jun 20, 2015

Superb ideas...

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Ruchi Singh

| May 19, 2015

Thank u so much... Very usefull for toddlers.

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Meenu

| Feb 24, 2015

good one for toddlers

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Satapdi majumder

| Feb 23, 2015

very useful tips... another thing which I personally do to engage d attention of my 2yr old daughter at d grocery store is to make her familiar with d names of different fruits &veggies every time I shop,now she even helps me in picking them up.

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sheetal rajpuria

| Feb 23, 2015

Good ideas thanks

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Carol

| Feb 05, 2015

Hi Amreet, try these activities : 1. for language development keep talking to your child about all the things you do when you are with the child. 2. Babies learn a lot by listening and seeing. So while talking point out on things and talk. While going to park or for a walk keep pointing on things you see and talk about them. 3. Use clear and correct words instead of baby talk so child would learn the correct word. 4. give your child some pots and pans and spoons that are safe to play with. they love tapping on the utensils. 5. you could put some beans inside a plastic container to use as a rattle. but ensure to seal it properly to avoid choking hazards. 6. play all type of music for him to enjoy. 7. give him a basket and some colorful balls so you child could put them inside the basket and take them out. encourage your child to move (crawling or rolling) by using a moving toy. 8. give him different textures to touch and explore such as satin cloth, woolen sock, wooden toy, artificial fur, smooth glass surface, rough paper, leather purse. there are colorful books available with different textures to explore. 9. play peekaboo with your child. or hide his favorite toy under a blanket and let him find it out. 10 hide a stuffed toy with half of the toy seen and the rest hidden. see if your child finds out the toy by correlating the part of the toy or the color of the toy. 11. line up 3 paper cups and keep an object such as a ball or a building block under one of the paper cups. now slowly move around this cup with the object and change the order in the line. see if your child is able to track the cup with the object. 12. use toys such as stacking cups, shape sorter, a toy that makes noise or music or a toy with cause and effect i. e button to press, string to pull, lever to turn, wheel or screw to rotate etc to explore. 13. read a lot or talk about the pictures in books regularly.

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Amreet Kaur Sethii

| Feb 04, 2015

Thanks for the ideas... But just wanted to know wat. An I start with my 8 months old son

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Manu

| Dec 22, 2014

good ideas.. well written

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Heena

| Dec 22, 2014

thanks for such a good blog. loved it!

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Ankita A Talwar

| Dec 22, 2014

very interesting ideas Carol. I am sure if we apply these, our kids will learn way more than they would through traditional methods.

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Ramya

| Dec 20, 2014

Hi carol.. nice blog .kids have fun with mom in kitchen helping out. My son enjoy doing things like playing with vegetables adding sugar to his milk, toppings to his corn flakes.. by they way they learnt he nutritional value of the food and feeling happy that they did on their own.

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Yamini

| Dec 20, 2014

Yes carol, great ideas. I used to give colored lunch boxes after cleaning and ask my child to select correct lid and close. Besides, i asked him to arrange utensils in drawers after cleaning. I started this when my son was 1. 5 year old. Separating veggies after coming from market etc. My son is 3 year old now and would do everything and tells his fathet to keep them in thier place, when he is lazy to do that ;)

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Rajat

| Dec 19, 2014

great ideas

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