Five Fun Educational Activities to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

If your child will be starting Kindergarten in 2015, you are likely concerned about making sure they are ready for the experience. While flashcards and chalkboards are excellent teaching tools, kindergarten-aged children respond better to sensory activities that are disguised as fun games and projects. Since students learn best when they're having fun, here are a few ideas to inspire your tiny scholar and prepare them for entering Kindergarten successfully.

Learning Letters

As the building blocks for words and reading, knowing ones' letters is crucial. To practice recognizing these essentials, gather some construction paper, glue, and sprinkles. With glue, write out a letter on colorful paper. Then, let your child cover it in sprinkles, and watch how their face lights up with excitement as the letter comes to life. Not only will this help them learn letters, but it will also teach them how to follow directions and participate in an activity.

Recognizing Numbers

Numbers lay the groundwork for math, time, and more. For a fun-filled learning activity, you will need Play-Doh, pom-poms, and a pencil. To begin, flatten out a section of dough. With the pencil, draw a number in the dough. Directly below it, poke the appropriate amount of holes, using the eraser end of the pencil, that correspond to the number. Give your child a selection of pom-poms, ask them to place them on the holes and count as you go. This amusing project will help your youngster visually associate the look of the number with the amount it represents.

Writing Their Name

Since many items in a kindergarten classroom are personalized, your little learner needs to be able to recognize and write his or her name. For this lesson, all you need is shaving cream. To reduce the mess that will occur, consider doing this activity in the bathtub, though any hard and flat surface will do. Squirt two separate helpings of shaving cream onto your work area, and spread it around. On one, write your child's name. On the other, encourage them to copy the example you have provided. They will love the gooey mess and will learn from writing their name in a repetitious fashion.

Identifying Colors

Many kindergarten teachers love to group and label using colors. To help your child be successful in a color-dominated atmosphere, use colored bins to sort items throughout your house. Start out with red, yellow and blue buckets. Create a scavenger hunt where you and your little one search the house for like-colored items that you will place in the buckets. For example, when they stumble upon a green block in their room, ask them what bucket it belongs in, and praise them when they get it right.

Using Scissors

As teachers know all too well, hands-on activities are effective. For this reason, many kindergarten lessons involve crafty projects using scissors. To prepare your future student, seat him at a table with paper and a pair of blunt safety scissors. For a target, you can cut out shapes, and allow your little one to practice cutting them in half, cutting corners off, etc. Start with large items, since small pieces of paper are often difficult for little hands to work with.

From letters and numbers to names and colors, your child will experience a new world of learning when they enter kindergarten. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, you can give your child the confidence to succeed with fun and easy projects at home.

The information for this article was provided by the professionals of the Star-Brite Learning Program, a program that offers preschool curriculum kits.

PHOTO CREDIT: via Annielogue

Dixie Somers

About Dixie Somers

Dixie is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, and technology. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters, who are the inspiration for her writing.

Top Posts | Lesson Plans & Activities

Swim4Sadna Is Truly an Inspiring Journey

This story of one Jewish mother’s courageous mission to help others is indeed inspiring. It is about British-born Vivienne Glaser’s decision to help a special education center in need of money and resources. She decided that it was time to give something back to a school which has alrea ... ...

5 Easy Tips for Making Lesson Plans Great

Teachers come in all shapes and sizes, and the methods they use vary greatly. There are some that plan meticulously, and others that prefer to fly by the seat of their pants. I believe that a mixture of both is the best way to a smooth, stress-free lesson. Here are a few tips:A good lesso ... ...

Building Better Reading Habits

There are some things that never go out of style or become obsolete, and one of these things is reading. Needless to say, reading is not only a practical part of life but also a means to escape the pressures we encounter on a daily basis.The medium we use for reading may have evolved over the years ...

Is Your K-6 Child Struggling with Science?

Searching for an innovative but fun method to maintain your child's attention for science? Luckily, science has the potential to become one of the most involved subjects, depending on how it is taught. If your child is struggling to enjoy science in school, you can try a few fun projects at hom ... ...

Schools Experiment with Tech Blend

The Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver has adopted a new teaching procedure for its students. Children studying there get to spend a lot of time in a blended learning scenario. They are allowed to use Chromebooks to access digital curricula and are also offered traditional classroom education tha ...

Fun & Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, many teachers will be on the look out for crafts their students can make to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately for teachers, holidays can also mean room parties, unfocused students, and the pressure to send cute and creative gifts home with students. ... ...

An Inspiring Youth Rises from Orem

The youth is the future. That’s definitely true. And it is only right to educate the young people properly and encourage them to learn new things; and that is what this inspiring young lad from Orem tried to point out.He is not your average 15-year old for he is a rising specialist in compute ... ...