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Activities to develop early childhood skills

Below is a guide to activities for preschool children that should be done routinely so that all the most important early childhood skills can be developed. Many activities will work on multiple skills simultaneously. This means that these activities are great for your child’s comprehensive development.

Instead of teaching only your preschool child to read, develop his auditory and visual perception so that he is ready to read when school starts. Here are some types of activities to incorporate into your child’s daily playtime.

Fine motor activities

  • Artistic activities with various tools and media (paint, chalk, wax crayons, large brushes, sponges, etc.)
  • Threading and tying
  • Beads
  • Cut, glue and tear
  • Finger games

Coarse motor activities

  • Much, lots of outdoor play (especially in climbing structures)
  • Obstacle courses in the garden
  • Play catching and chasing
  • games Games involving jumping, jumping or jumping

Auditory Perception Games

  • Learn many rhymes, poems and songs.
  • Playing games with words that rhyme, for example, do these two words rhyme? What word doesn’t fit into this list? (develops hearing discrimination)
  • Play games with sounds in words, for example, what sound does he hear at the beginning of a dog?

Visual Perception Games

  • Show your child 5 items, then cover them and ask your child to name the items (develop visual memory)
  • Play an image memory game (develop visual memory) or a card game
  • Detect differences in two similar images (develops visual discrimination)
  • Match, sort and categorize shapes, blocks, beads, etc.
  • Make an image using basic shape clippings

Spatial Perception Games

  • Lots of free play and opportunities to crawl through tunnels and climb over things
  • Play with blocks, wooden boards and building toys.
  • Play a game of chase and catch with brothers or friends
  • Build puzzles

Listening Games

Part of the auditory perception, but the focus is on listening carefully to the information)

  • Play broken phone
  • Say a series of commands and ask the child to follow them all in order
  • Clap a sequence or make a series of sounds on a drum and ask the child to repeat it
  • Play a game where your child will hear you say a list of words and must say which one does not fit (for example, a list of animals with a fruit in the middle)

Vocabulary Activities and Cognitive Skills

  • Talk to your child frequently to develop their speaking skills (grammar, vocabulary, etc.)
  • Talk about your child’s day at school, events, friends, etc.
  • Talk about interesting topics frequently (for example, sharks or how trees grow) and use a variety of new vocabulary
  • Ask
  • your child a lot of questions for personal opinions During story time, ask
  • several questions for developing higher order thinking skills, such as questions about how to predict the result, how a character can solve a problem, what action will result (cause and effect), etc.

  • Play games that require solving problems or puzzles.
  • Build puzzles

Pre-writing activities

  • Allows opportunities for creative art every day
  • Play with plasticine (for control and strength with fingers)
  • Play with foam letters, rubber or wood (letter recognition)
  • Make patterns on sand or large paper (e.g., zigzag, waves, lines, etc., to mimic strokes that are found in the letters)

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