This preschool activities plan is for working parents and busy families that want to do something educational but don’t have the time or bandwidth to plan and execute it. These preschool activities are simple, they use things you probably have around your house, and I will walk you through all the preschool activities. There is no doubt that one activity a day won’t replace preschool or your child’s day in childcare, but this isn’t meant to. My goal is to do the planning for you by giving you one idea a day that you can do, and hopefully, after a few days or weeks, you have learned so many ideas you can fit more in when you have time. If you have more time or energy, do more, I have links to more ideas, but if you are struggling, do what you can. Last week was a doozy for my youngest, don’t push. Be gentle with your children and yourself, and focus on connection.
For more simple ideas, check out the previous week’s plans by clicking the links below.
How To Use Lunch Break Learning Weekly Preschool At Home Plan.
- Look over this week’s plan. Take a screenshot and save it to your phone, or if you have a printer, print it out.
- Read through the activity details. Take note of the “Make it harder/ make it easier” tips.
- Prep the activities either the night before or one big prep Sunday night. This won’t take long.
- Tell yourself you can do this. It’s going to be OK if you skip a day, no biggie!
- Come back every Saturday for the next eight weeks to get your free plan.
Preschool At Home Activity Plan – May 11th – May 17th
Preschool Activities Planned For You – Activity Details
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Write A Recipe
Grab a cookbook and look through it. Show your child the ingredients list and the text that includes the instructions for making the recipe. Tell them that today they get to create their own recipe. It can be for real food or something silly like a recipe for a rainbow unicorn! Write it out together. Encourage your child to do as much of the writing as possible. If not, have them draw some of the steps for the recipe.
Make it easier -> Have your child dictate the recipe to you, and you do the writing.
Make it harder -> Read other recipes together and make something to eat!
Make & Play With A Sequence Puzzle
Sequence puzzles are simple. You can make your own with paper, a pencil and some scissors. Just draw a picture and cut it into strips. You can write numbers at the bottom if you wish. Make sure they correspond to the order that the puzzle should be placed together. You can find free sequence puzzles for you to print and use here –>
Dinosaur puzzle ( harder) Brown Bear Brown Bear puzzles (easier)
Make it easier -> Use only two or three puzzle pieces
Make it harder –> Use several puzzle pieces.
Make A Map
Find a map and find your home country, state, or city on it. Find places that other family members or friends live. Get some paper and make a map of your neighborhood or even your home.
Make it easier -> Make a map of an imaginary place
Make it harder -> Measure the distance between your city and the cities where loved ones live. If you don’t have an atlas or map, just type it into google maps and look at the difference together.
What Will Freeze First?
Find an ice cube tray that you aren’t using and 4-10 different liquids from around your home. Things like water, juice, tomato sauce, chocolate sauce, ketchup, milk, paint whatever you have on hand. Pour a little into the ice cube tray. Together with your child, make predictions about which you think will freeze first. Observe and discuss your findings.
Make it easier -> Use fewer liquids.
Make it harder -> Make a simple chart and record your observations. Observe the tray every 30 minutes.
I Spy Letter Sounds
This is a game I played with both my children in waiting rooms, on airplanes, in the grocery checkout line all the time. It’s so simple.
Look around and find an object in the room. Say, “I spy with my little eye something that starts with the sound “mm” “Yes, microwave! It starts with the sound mm.” Try not to drag the letter sounds out too much, make it quick. Repeat the sound if needed instead of dragging them out.
Make it easier –> Search for sounds for a few minutes and then switch it up for colors or shapes.
Make it harder –> Try searching for rhymes instead ” I spy with my little eye, something that rhymes with pear. Yes, chair!”
Big Project Ideas for the Weekend
Working parents may have more time during the weekend. Here are some longer projects you might like to try.
Bed Time Reading Tips
Every week I include different ways to make your bedtime reading more focused on different skills, no matter what books you are using. This week before reading, ask your child what they think the book will be about. What do the pictures on the cover tell us?
Supplies Needed for the Weekly Preschool Plan
These supplies are what is needed for the Monday-Friday activities.
Please note that weekend craft ideas have their own supply lists in the linked post. This list includes affiliate links.
Optional Additional Preschool At Home Activities
Lunch Break Learning Preschool Plans are purposefully simple, made for busy parents who need simple daily activities to keep their children learning without overwhelming their day. These activities are for you to browse if you have more time.