Any household task can become a good learning game-and can be fun.
- Jobs around the home that need to get done, such as:
- Doing the laundry
- Washing and drying dishes
- Carrying out the garbage
- Setting the dinner table
- Tell your child about the job you will do together. Explain why the family needs the job done. Describe how you will do it and how your child can help.
- Teach your child new words that are associated with each job: "Let's put the placemats on the table first, then the napkins."
- Doing laundry together provides many opportunities for your child to learn. Ask him to help you remember all the clothes that need to be washed. See how many things he can name: socks, T-shirts, pajamas, sweater, shirt. Have him help you gather all the dirty clothes, then help you make piles of light and dark colors.
- Show your child how to measure the soap and have him pour the soap into the machine. Let him put the items into the machine, naming each one. Keep out one sock. When the washer is filled with water, take out the mate to the sock. Let your child hold the wet sock and the one that you kept out. Ask him which one feels heavier and which one feels lighter. After the wash is done, have your child sort his own things into piles that are the same (for example, T-shirts, socks).
ACTIVITY LIST for Preschoolers
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