Toddlers are eager learners. They need activities to stay busy all day every day. Toddlers have the ability to play with the same thing in so many different ways as they grow.
However, some activities keep them busy for longer if they have other siblings playing with them.
You should try these activities at home if you have a work-from-home schedule so you can keep kids busy while you work.
Painting Activities for 3 to 5 years old kids
You can do different sorts of painting projects with kids. In case if you are not worried about them painting the walls when you are not around or seem busy, you can choose the safer option that works best for you.
Tip : Always use washable paints for them, so you can easily wipe them off with a wet paper towel.
Painting is my favorite activity and my kids love it too. We have got small size canvas frames so we can paint them together as a quarantine memory.
You can create a kids keepsake kind of canvas painting that reminds you of being home and being safe. To be thankful of the blessing you have, a cozy bed and good food even when so much sad going on outside.
In order to save your kids from messing up their clothes, you may want to have aprons as well.
To my surprise they did so well with mixing and it was not even lumpy. Then you can add food color or a paint. I added paint as I didn’t have food color at home. My kids are 4 and 2.5 years old and they know its not edible so they apparently not going to eat.
Although it’s a messy activity still it’s worth trying. You can have an old shower curtain underneath so they can be as messy as they want. In my opinion, it is much easier if they are on a bare table that can be cleaned up easily.
At this stage give your kid(s) a scooper, a ladle, a cup, a pourer, and a dropper or whatever they can be creative with.
It’s an amazing pouring activity, with a right consistency of a slime.
For four years old – a card game is a super engaging activity.
You can use UNO Cards, Playing Cards, flashCards anything you want. Even if kids do not recognize the numbers and words, still you can teach them about taking turns.
Randomly divide the cards – keep one half with you and have him hold the other half. Now you can teach him to put cards one by one -taking turns – so whoever is going to finish cards first, is a winner at the end.
If your child recognizes the numbers, you can sure take advantage of UNO or playing cards. It is a great way to have your child improve the grip of his hand as well to hold a sufficient amount of cards altogether.
I used these baby shark card with him and it was really exciting activity for my son.
Kids love playing with a Play Doh. Although play-doh gets messy when dried, still you can save at least an hour of peace so you can do your pending work while your kids get busy. I had actually stopped buying play-doh as it gets messy but as the kids grow up, they are super creative with it.
The best ways to keep kids involved for a longer time are:
Give your kids Play Doh with a gap of at least 2 to 3 weeks so that kids do not get bored of playing with a it often.
Valentine’s day is all about celebrating love with your loved ones. It about sharing love with your kids.
These simple craft ideas you can do with kids on valentine’s day as well as you can use these DIY to send a little token for your kids’ classmates.
Valentine’s Day Art and Crafts ideas for kids
1.Painted Mason jar craft for Valentine’s day
Every kid loves to paint and have fun put that creativity to use for their teacher or family Valentine’s day gift. Use this easy to follow tutorial on creating Valentine’s Day Mason Jars that you can fill with treats.
Make these easy heart paintings with cheap dollar store paints and canvas, and not a single paintbrush is used! I’ll show you how to use 3 household items ( you probably have at home right now) to create these nifty textures, and the kids will love them!!
Create this exploding Valentine’s Day box craft with your kids to gift to someone special. The post comes with step by step instructions and printable templates make it easy for crafters of all abilities.
During these times of the year when most parts of the people all around the world are on Stay-at-home orders. Schools are closed, with the only medium of virtual learning. Preschoolers miss going to school, playing with friends and a bunch of activities. Amp up your preschoolers’ learning at home by reading books to them.
As a parent to a toddler and a preschooler, buying books for kids is a great way to do screen detox at home and keep kids busy in a positive way.
For the most part, kids develop a love for reading if you are successful in incorporating it into your child’s life by buying books. Setting up a reading corner for your kid(s) in his room where books are in his arm’s reach.
Your child develops a love for reading if you are in the habit of buying books and allowing your child to learn and explore as they grow up.
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Early Learning Books for 3 to 5-year-old kids
Keep kids’ books at home for every day learning without having your child feel stressed out. Typically, at this age kids do not have a longer attention span so it is very likely for them to get bored. That being said, keep it short and fun. Have your child absorb new things every day little by little – in an effective learning way.
Some of these books I have at home for my 4 year old and I absolutely love them.
1. Letters and Numbers Book
If you want to have your child learn about numbers and letters in a fun way then this book is a great read. Paw patrol is kids favorite these days. This book comes with stickers and some basic math concepts too. The recommended age for these books is 3 to 7 years.
2. kids activity books for 3 years old
This could be an amazing activity book for your 3-year-old to keep him busy while you could get done with some chores, waiting at doctor’s visit, plane travels or making phone calls.
3. Kids who love the coloring books
No doubt kids love coloring and doing it with mom is even more fun. So if you want to have some one-on-one time with your little one then this could work very well.
4. Activity book
This book could have your kid busy and away from screen time. Kids love activities. My son always wants me to play with him and sometimes I don’t have any more ideas left to play with him. However, If you have a babysitter for your kids, then this book would be very engaging and productive for them too.
5. Letter and numbers Tracing activity book
Every kid has to learn how to write and tracing is the beginning. If you think your kid is going to enjoy this stage of learning then you definitely need to have this book. Just make sure you have spare erasable markers at home.
6. Vehicles learning books
If your kids are like mine then you have to have this. My son is not even 3 yet and he is so much into all sorts of vehicles. Cars and other vehicles are the only things he would notice in every book and loves reading only those pages time and again. my daughter is one and she loves cars too. Out of her girly cute cars, she would play with her brother’s cars and that’s a huge fight. Well, that being said, if you have someone like them at home, you need to have this.
7. Words book
I believe it’s a must-have for every household as your child wants to learn more and more vocabulary. They are like a sponge and they have all the capabilities of absorbing so much in their tiny little brains, that’s just incredible.
8. kids who love dinosaurs
Although dinosaurs are extinct now but kids are never done learning about them. Every kid would know what are dinosaurs and they LOVE learning about their different names and types. My son even imitates all those sound dinosaurs might have made. If your kids are into these amazing creatures then you might want to surprise them.
9. Everything in one book
Well, every child has their own set on interests and they would love learning about those things. This book has bits of almost everything in the universe. Try and get to know what interests them and you will be surprised. This book sure is going to go a long way.
10. Counting cars
This is a great book if you want your child to learn to count especially if he/she is into cars. My son would love this one and it won’t take long to teach him about counting.
11. Kids who love trucks
This vehicles oriented cars would be a great gift for boys although some girls do love vehicles more than dolls. However, if you know your child is going to love this book about trucks, you might want to get it for him/her.
12. Reading and story telling books
This book talks about being grumpy and how ones mood impact others too. Very good quality and interesting book it is.
You can find more storybooks for 3 to 5 years old here.
13. Writing book for preschooler
I love this book by School Zone. I do these writing sessions with my 4-year-old. I highly recommend every parent must have this at home for writing practice for preschoolers.
14. Sight words books
Developing an ability to recognize sight words for 4 to 5 years old is essential for reading skills. First little readers has a bundle of books that are awesome for sight words recognition. These are easy to read and understand.
These are my recommendations about books for preschoolers. as I have said, the love for reading can only be planted if you buy books and have that small library kind of atmosphere set up at home. You kids definitely going to love this. To have all those books in one place can get this bookshelf for your kids which is not overwhelming for them to grab a book.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other recommendation about kids books, I would love to know.
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