Invite your child to think and solve problems.
Collect materials, which encourage thinking and problem solving.
ü Shoe and Sock
ü Flowers and Vase
ü Cup and Saucer
ü Hammer and Nail
ü Baseball and Bat
ü Comb and Brush
ü Baby, Boy and Man
ü Planting flower seeds, Flowers growing, and Picking flowers
Involve your child in discovering things that go together.
ü Place the real objects you have collected on a table or on the floor.
ü Make sure the objects that go together are separated from each other.
ü Ask your child to find the two objects that go together.
ü Invite your child to tell you why the two objects go together.
ü Lay the picture cards of things that go together face up on the table or floor. Make sure pictures that go together are seperated from each other.
ü Ask your child to find the two pictures that go together and tell you what they do.
Play pattern games with your child.
ü Step, step, jump- step, step, jump (take two steps forward, then jump)
ü Clap, clap, pat – clap, clap, pat (clap your hands twice, pat your knees once)
ü With eating utensils: fork, spoon, fork, spoon
ü With colored counting bears: red, yellow, red, yellow.
Involve your child in putting pictures in order.
Make and purchase puzzles for your child to complete. Cut up greeting cards or the front of a cereal box in a puzzle like shape. Give your child the cut-up pieces to fit back together. Cut up a vinyl placemat in puzzle-like shapes. Use placemats with designs. Give your child a cut-up placemat to fit the pieces back together. Store the puzzle pieces in zip lock bags. Purchase puzzles at dollar and discount stores and at garage sales.
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Activities you can do with your child:
· Find things that begin with the letter “S”.
· Make a “paper chain” using 3 colors and help your child start a color pattern. Use completed chain as a decoration in your room.
· Go to the grocery store. Pick out fruits and vegetables and have your child name the colors.
· Look for things that are white all week.
· Practice counting from 1 to 15.
· Plant flower seeds in a pot or in the ground.
· Make a picnic lunch and eat with your child outside.
· “Read” a picture book by making up stories to go along with the pictures.
· Have your child help to fold clothes and count how many you folded.
· Start a nursery rhyme and have your child finish it.
· Practice your phone number and address.
· Go outside and ride your bike.
· Read a story to your child. Point to each word as you read it.
· Draw a picture of fun things to do during your summer.
· Find words that rhyme with “stop”.
· Count groups of ten using cereal like Cheerios.
Books suggestions for four & five year olds:
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Kraus
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff