The formative years between 2 and 5 are really important for your child. These years are critical for laying foundation of your child’s interests .
Here are the few activities that you can start with your child initial years.
Fine Motor Skills – Sorting is such an important early math skill.Sorting by Colour activity encourages the development of fine motor skills and provides children with the opportunity to learn and consolidate their understanding about colors. You can simply start with two colorful balls and tell them to sort in baskets.
INTRODUCING MORE COLORS
Young children are just learning to sort when they start preschool.
When you kids have learned 3 basic Colors then you can introduce more Colors like this.Collect small pieces of different color papers and and tell them to sort in different compartments.
SHAPE SORTING: We always start with learning to sort by color, and then move onto other sorting, such as sorting by pattern.That knowledge of shapes gives the young children an advantage in many areas of learning
A preschooler who is able to distinguish between shapes is better equipped to notice the differences in shapes of letters. This helps not only with reading but also with writing. Kids who have practice with different types of shapes and lines can translate those into writing
PLAYING WITH SHAPES : Teach real life examples of the shapes. preschoolers should be able to pick out shapes in the world from the environment around them but also create real world things by combining 2D shapes.
Use whatever shape manipulatives you have and create 2D shape scenes or real world things. Snap photos with your phone and print them as example cards.
Learning Numbers: DIY activity
This is where you can get your child involved in the activity prep. Take out the dot stickers and have your child place 1 dot on the first triangle tree, 2 dots on the next tree, 3 dots on the next tree and so on until you get to 10 dots on the 10th tree. This is great counting practice and peeling and sticking the stickers is fine motor practice as well.
Now your child is ready to do the activity. They should pick up a tree, count the dots on it, find the matching clothespin and clip it to the tree like a stump.
LEARNING WITH PUZZLES : Similar to the way hand-eye coordination is achieved, puzzles provide the opportunity for children to develop fine motor skills. Not to be confused with gross motor skills such as walking, fine motor skills require small, specialized movements that puzzles provide. Fine motor skills are necessary for handwriting and other important achievements.
This is simple DIY activity puzzle which can be made at home with simple cardboard.
Make out the simple fruit shapes and cut down in to half
Put them back in the right place to complete the puzzle.
At this critical preschool age, the time you invest in the early years will provide your child with the skills they need to succeed academically and in life that cannot be taught in their preschool curriculum.