Activities
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THE VALUE OF PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES PLAY IS LEARNING

WHEN CHILDREN BUILD WITH BLOCKS

  • They learn to use their imagination to create something from their own thinking
  • They have the satisfaction of being able to make something
  • They learn about sizes and shapes, weights and balances, height and depth, smoothness and roughness
  • They are exercising their body
  • They learn to play with others.

 

WHEN CHILDREN PAINT

  • They are more concerned with the process they are going through than with a finished product. This is how it should be for this stage of development.
  • They learn about colors and how to use them
  • They learn to use their imagination and transfers their ideas to paper
  • They get emotional satisfaction from being able to express themselves
  • They learn how to use small muscle coordination to handle a brush
  • They learn to make choices and decisions

 

WHEN CHILDREN PLAY ON THE OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

  • They learn how to use their body more effectively
  • They experience joy in achieving a skill
  • They have fun and relaxation found in bodily movement
  • They learn the limitations of their body
  • They learn safety and caution
  • They learn to take turns and to share a piece of equipment
  • They develop strong shoulders for sitting correctly when writing and drawing

 

WHEN CHILDREN WORK WITH PUZZLES

  • They have the opportunity to work alone or together with other children
  • They gain satisfaction in completing a puzzle and builds self-confidence
  • They have the opportunity to improve their eye-hand coordination
  • They will use skills learned in doing puzzles later when they learn to read- putting letters to sound, making words with letters, and making stories with words.

 

WHEN CHILDREN LISTEN TO STORIES OR LOOKS AT BOOKS

  • They learn to listen
  • They have an opportunity to increase their vocabulary by hearing new words read to them
  • They learn about different concepts, people, and places
  • They learn to enjoy books and reading
  • Their mind is stimulated, visualizing the things they are hearing about.

 

WHEN CHILDREN LISTEN TO MUSIC, SINGS, OR DANCES

  • They learn to appreciate music from different countries, cultures, and time periods
  • They learn to express themselves and their ideas
  • They increase their vocabulary
  • They gain satisfaction from participating in an activity that can be fun, physical, and enriching

 

WHEN CHILDREN USE MANIPULATIVES FOR ACTIVITIES

  • They explore new concepts, practices emerging skills, and reinforces skills already mastered
  • They develop fine motor skills
  • They learn about classifying, sorting, predicting, problem solving, and analyzing results
  • They develop their knowledge of the world around them using real objects and concrete examples
  • They learn how to learn

WHEN CHILDREN USE TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTERS

  • They learn how machines work and how they can help them learn more
  • They practice eye-hand coordination using the mouse
  • They are able to learn the processes necessary to use technology
  • They learn how to express their ideas through technology and share their ideas with others