As the COVID-19 pandemic has the world grinding to a halt, parents are seeing a dramatic shift in their daily routine, and this is incredibly stressful. When you have young children, it’s even harder because now you’re trying to work from home or oversee e-learning for an older child at the same time as parenting a preschooler. Or maybe you’re just used to play dates and outings to break up the monotony of staying home with small children.
To help relieve some of the stress and minimize cabin fever, our preschool in Greenville, NC is sharing some simple activities, crafts, and games that will keep little ones occupied and having fun. We specifically chose things that are simple for you to put together or access because we know the last thing you need is “one more thing” to do.
Note: While these are safe and fun crafts for preschoolers, these can also be enjoyed by older kids too!
If you have a little one who loves art but is getting a bit tired of coloring books and crayons, try these simple preschool art projects. Make sure you grab some washable paint and put an old sheet or towel down to protect your table and dress in old clothes.
With stuff you’ve got in your pantry and around your home, you can create simple stamps that let your kids create little masterpieces.
DIY stamps can be made in just a few minutes and can keep toddlers and preschoolers busy for much longer. You can make this incredibly simple – celery and carrots for circles and crescent shapes – or go a step further and carve shapes out of foam or a potato. After that, your child can dip the stamps into paint and start creating. This can be a great learning activity for shapes and colors or it can simply be a fun new art project for your preschooler.
Painting with sponges provides some interesting textures and new sensory experiences. For toddlers who are struggling with holding a crayon or pen, sponge painting may be a great option, too. Using a clothespin to hold the sponge can help strengthen small hands and get them ready to hold a pen or crayon more comfortably.
Dampen the sponges and cut them into quarters, and provide little dishes or a palette for paint, and some paper. The rest is up to their imagination!
If you stocked up on rigatoni, macaroni, or ziti, it’s time to break some out for this new craft activity for your preschooler. With a bit of paint or markers, yarn, and pasta, your child can make cheerful necklaces for everyone in the house (which will surely get you noticed during your work Zoom meeting!).
Set out some paint, brushes, and a big bowl of pasta, and let them decorate the pasta – stripes, polka-dots, solids, patterns – there’s plenty of ways to get creative. When the paint is dry, run the twine or yarn through the pieces. Added bonus – this is a great way to hone fine motor skills!
For preschoolers who are a bit more tactile, let them create a more “touch-friendly” painting.
Your child can run the glue stick over the paper and sprinkle their sensory material over the glue, give it a shake, and they have a sensory-friendly art project. Add a bit of food coloring to the sugar or salt to add a bit of color. While it’s not too messy, this may be good for the porch or patio, though!
Our preschool in Greenville is a 5-star center, dedicated to providing a fun, nurturing, and educational environment for the children we serve. We are not only open during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are accepting new families. Schedule a tour with us today by calling 252-756-8200 or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.