MAKE A MESS. Kids love doing it anyway, so might as well inject some learning into it. Put paper or cloth on a table or on the wall and let you child dip his fingers and/or hands in water color and encourage him to paint or draw. Ask him to paint a shapes, butterflies, pets, cars—absolutely anything! Aside from exercising his fine motor skills, you also help develop his creativity.
MAKE A SNACK. A simple recipe is good 'ol bread with butter and sugar. You can be more creative by using colored crystal sugar. Choose your child's favorite color and call it something else like Fairy Bread or a Superhero's Snack. You can even look for rainbow-colored bread in the supermarket! Show your little one how to spread butter on the bread and sprinkle sugar on top. This activity will not only make him enjoy eating, it will also help him follow one-to-two-step directions—essential to entering preschool.
MAKE A MAZE. Or an obstacle course. Doesn’t your kid love to walk, run, and climb up and down at this stage, anyway? Let him do all the walking and climbing he wants in a make-shift maze. Use anything you can grab in the house—small tables and chairs, mattresses, thick big books (ie phone directories), toys, large empty boxes, etc. Encourage your child to go through the course and give a prize at finish line. This activity will help develop his gross motor skills, and he will also learn to follow directions and solve problems.
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