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More Ways to Entertain a Preschooler

Aug 29, 2007
The older your preschooler gets, the more excited he/she will be about learning. It is important that you take advantage of this thirst for knowledge with fun games and activities. If you are trying to keep your preschooler entertained, here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Try different variations to keep boredom at bay, and always remember to play and learn together. This time is so important to their development, and if you show a love for learning so will they.

Let him get wet.

There a ton of things that you can do with water to entertain this age group. You can add some food coloring to the bath to create themed tub time, or offer up a water table with some measuring spoons and cups for some good clean fun.

Let him be artist.

Let him explore his creativity by giving him a few basic ingredients in which to create works of art. If he still likes to explore with his mouth, offer up pudding as finger paints or other edible art supplies.

Pretend play.

Your preschooler is busy learning how the world works, which is why pretend play is crucial to his development. Puppet shows, pretend grocery trips and playing house are all fun ways to help him learn about the world around him. Create the crafts and props for pretend play, for even more fun.

Try your hand at board games.

He should be old enough to start learning the basic rules of some preschool board games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. Sit down with him and learn how to play together, and remember that many preschoolers are notoriously poor losers.

Watch a movie.

If you need to entertain a preschooler for a few hours, pop in their favorite cartoon or children's movie. You are guaranteed at least 2 hours of uninterrupted fun. I prefer educational shows and DVD's so they can learn while watching TV.

Explore the world of crafts.

Older kids are coordinated enough to really try their hand at arts and crafts, so try some simple projects together. You can create pasta necklaces, paint pictures and other simple crafts.

Get cooking.

Toddlers love mixing things and helping in the kitchen, so try baking a batch of cookies or a loaf of bread for good wholesome fun.

Have fun with these preschool activities, and whenever you find yourself stuck inside on a rainy day you have a whole host of ideas and activities to keep the fun going.
About the Author
Sarah Jones loves teaching. When she isn't teaching her own son, she is busy sharing her love of education with others.
Find a wide assortment of Lesson Plans , crafts for kids, and education tips at her site, http://www.KnowMore.com.
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