As children grow from toddlers into mature preschool students, they can take part in more advanced activities, and they can start to play with others.
Here are 101 things to do with preschoolers, including suggestions provided by Dr. Amanda Gummer, an expert on child play and the founder of the Good Play Guide, and Dr. Scott Carroll, an academic child psychiatrist:
Make a volcano out of baking soda, vinegar and red food coloring.
Make sushi together.
Decorate umbrellas with foam shapes.
Build a structure from marshmallows and toothpicks.
Use different objects (like a wire coat hanger) to make soap bubbles.
Play “What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?”
Let your child “read” you a storybook by looking at the pictures.
Make art with pinecones.
Polish each other’s nails.
Make hand shadows.
Exercise with a yoga video together.
Play a simple version of Pictionary.
Make a paper-bag puppet.
Keep a balloon in the air as long as possible.
Play Hot and Cold with a hidden object.
Cut snowflakes from folded paper and decorate them.
Play a matching game with photos of family members.
Have a picnic lunch.
Call out words and challenge your child to think of rhymes for each one.
Let your child scrub carrots or potatoes for dinner.
Use cooking tools to play with water.
Copy each other’s rhythms on a toy drum.
Tilt a cookie sheet on a stack of books to make a slide for toy cars.
Crawl under a sheet and pretend you’re lost in a cave.
Race to find the biggest rock or leaf.
Make fruit kebabs.
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