Run out of ideas for engaging your preschooler and his friends? Here are 5 activities that are quick to plan and pack a load of entertainment. Best of all, by using multi-purpose materials, you get more miles out of the same supplies.
1. Card Stock Pumpkin Lacing Cards
Grab a stack of orange card stock paper, a pair of scissors, a craft punch, tape and a skein of yarn. If you’re a perfectionist, draw your own pumpkin shape and cut it out. Or, let the kids each have a piece and allow them to cut their own shape. Then, punch a series of holes around the perimeter of the card. Cut a piece of yarn and tape one end to avoid fraying. You’re all ready to start wrapping your yarn around your shape.
2. Cereal Necklaces
Using the same materials above and adding a bag of “holey” cereal and some bowls, you have a cereal necklace activity. Cereals such as Cheerios, Froot Loops or Apple Jacks work well in this activity. Pour some cereal into a bowl for each child. Cut a length of yarn and tape the end. Tie a piece of cereal to the opposite end to keep the pieces from sliding off. Tie the ends together when finished to make a necklace.
3. Coloring Jack-O-Lanterns
Pull out your laced-up pumpkins and add a box of crayons. With eyes, a nose and a mouth, these pumpkins turn into uniquely expressive jack-o-lanterns.
4. Five Little Pumpkins Story/Song
Sit your preschoolers down in a circle on the floor. Pick 5 children to help with the story of the Five Little Pumpkins, using their laced pumpkins as props. Take turns as necessary. Here are the words to the story:
Five little pumpkins sitting on the gate.
The first one said, “Oh my! It’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
Ooo-oooh went the wind and out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of site.
You can add movement and actions to this story if you want to get some wiggles out.
5. Snack Time-Eating Your Necklace
Use the extra cereal or the cereal necklaces for a snack to end your activity. Add a small cup of water and a napkin and watch the kids enjoy eating their own creations.
Gather these basic items and in less than 10 minutes, you are prepared to have an entertaining afternoon with your preschoolers. Hope you have a fun play date!