At-home learning can be super simple when it comes to kindergarten and preschool! We’ve been doing learning at home for years and on a budget too! Although our learning at home activities have moved beyond preschool math, letters, and fine motor play to include early elementary science and STEM, we still have amazing educational resources for distance learning or homeschooling! I decided to put together 20 of my best distance learning tips and ideas to get you started.

FUN AND EASY DISTANCE LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Distance learning tips for easy educational resources or homeschooling

LEARNING AT HOME

We started playing and learning at home together seven years ago! I have a few collections of very early learning activities you can check out below. You’ll notice that my photography has improved over the years, but the ideas are incredibly fun and simple to do with your kiddos.

You can see one of our very first science activities (2013) right here!

From math to letters to fine motor skills to science and beyond! If you find yourself distance learning now and into the future with homeschooling, our resources will make it fun and easy for you to get started and keep the momentum rolling!

Of course, you can supplement basic worksheets with hands-on play to really solidify these basic learning concepts that are so important for our preschoolers. You can check out our ever growing collection of FREE printable activities here.

EASY DISTANCE LEARNING TIPS FOR YOU!

You can grab this super handy distance learning tips pack to keep for a handy reference!  Come up with a new and simple idea each day the kids will love!

Download your FREE distance learning tips

PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME

1. LOOK FOR LETTERS/NUMBERS

Grab the junk mail and old magazines! Look for each letter of the alphabet or numbers 1-10 or 1-20 and cut them out. Let your kiddo make a collage of letters! Can they spell their name? You can also go on a letter hunt in each room and see how many different ones you can find.

Additionally, this I-spy might be fun to do altogether!

2. MAKE A NUMBER/LETTER TRACING TRAY

If you don’t want to use a pencil and paper to write or trace letters just yet, you can use a tray covered in salt, cornmeal, rice, or flour. Sand is a non-food option! Kids can use fingers to trace letters through the materials on the tray.

3. BUILD LETTERS/NUMBERS

Use playdough letter mats with more than just playdough! You can use many small items that you already have on hand, including erasers, pompoms, LEGO bricks, stones, coins, and so much more to build letters. You can easily build numbers with loose parts too. 

4. MAKE AN ABC/123 SENSORY BIN

Take letter shapes, scrabble tiles, letter puzzle pieces, etc. and bury them in a sensory bin. You can use any fillers such as rice or sand. Set up a letter wash with warm, soapy water and foam or plastic letters. Alternatively, you can use numbers too.

CHECK OUT: Alphabet Sensory Bin

Puzzle Play Activity Alphabet Sensory Bin

5. FIVE SENSES FUN

Explore the five senses around the house or classroom! If possible, taste something sweet, salty, or tart like a lemon. Smell different spices, and look for different textures to feel! Think of interesting things you can see and play music together! 

LOOK: 5 Senses Activities

5 Senses for Preschool Science

6. POOL NOODLE LETTER BLOCKS

Cut pool noodles into chunks that will stack well. Using a permanent marker, write a letter or number on each piece. Kids can stack letters and string numbers onto a rope! Place them around the room and go on a hunt. Check out our ABC pool noodle blocks here. Why not make numbers too!

7. COUNTING WALK

Take this walk inside or outside and pick something to count together! Forks in the drawer, stuffed animals on the bed, flowers around the mailbox, cars on the street are all great items to count. Look at house numbers.

8. HOMEMADE PUZZLES

Dig into the cardboard recycling bin! Grab cereal, granola bar, fruit snack, cracker boxes, and the like! Cut the fronts off the boxes and then cut the front into simple puzzle pieces. Have the kiddos reassemble the box fronts. If you are working on scissor skills, have your kiddos help. See our puzzles here.

LOOK: Preschool Puzzle Activities

9. RULERS AND CLOTHESPINS

All you need is a ruler and a dozen clothespins. Number them 1-12. Have your kiddo clip the clothespins to the correct number on the ruler! Grab a measuring tape to add more numbers!

10. MAKE A TREASURE HUNT

Add a roll of pennies to a sensory bin or sandbox! Kids will love the treasure hunt, and then they can count the pennies for you after! You can also add a piggy bank for practicing fine motor skills too. Penny hunts sensory bin here.

11. MEASURE THINGS

Try non-standard measurement with any item that you have multiples of that are the same size such as paper clips, blocks, or building bricks. Trace your hands and feet on paper and measure them! What else can you measure?

12. GO ON A SHAPE HUNT OR MAKE SHAPES

How many things are square in your house? How about circles, triangles, or rectangles? Shapes are everywhere! Head outside and look for shapes in the neighborhood.

Download this FREE Shape Hunt printable too!

13. ADD A BOOK

Anytime you can pair an early learning activity with a book! Even if it’s not a letter, shape, or number theme book, you can hunt for shapes, ABC’s, or 123’s. Count what’s on the page or go on a shape hunt. Look for letter sounds.

CHECK OUT: 30 Preschool Books & Book Activities

14. PLAY A MATH GAME

Who can fill the cup the fastest or who can get to 20, 50, 100 the fastest? All you need is dice, cups, and the same size small objects. Roll the dice and add the correct number of items to the cart. Work together or race each other!

15. BAKE TOGETHER

Explore the tasty side of math (and science) and bake a recipe together. Show off those measuring cups and spoons! Have your kiddo help you add the right amounts to the bowl. Why not make bread in a bag?

Bread in a bag recipe

16. PLAY WITH MEASURING CUPS

Add measuring cups and spoons to a sensory bin. Also, add bowls for filling. Discover how many quarter cups fill a whole cup. Kids love scooping, pouring, and of course dumping. Try water, rice, or sand!

17. TAKE A TASTE TEST

Set up a taste test for the five senses with a variety of apples! Explore the taste of different varieties, listen for the crunch, smell the scent, notice the skin color, feel the shape and different parts! Discover your favorite apple too!

LOOK: Apple Taste Test Activity

18. TRY COLOR MIXING

Fill ice trays with water and add red, blue, and yellow food coloring. When frozen, remove the ice cubes and place a yellow and blue in a cup. In another cup, add a red and a yellow, and in a third cup, add a red and blue ice cube. Watch what happens! See our icy color mixing here.

19. SALT AND GLUE

Combine science, art, and literacy for fun STEAM! First, write your kid’s name in large letters on heavy paper. Then trace the letters with white school glue. Next, sprinkle salt on the glue, shake off excess, and let it dry. Once dry, drip food coloring mixed with water onto the letters and watch what happens!

Also, try numbers and shapes!

LOOK: Salt Painting

20. GRAB A MAGNIFYING GLASS

Grab a magnifying glass and look at things more closely. What can you look at more closely? Shells, seeds, leaves, bark, insides of fruits like peppers, etc. There are so many possibilities! You can simply send the kids out in the yard with a magnifying glass and see what they discover!

How about veggie scraps from dinner prep? Cut open a pepper and look at the insides up close! Here I set up a tray with a pumpkin.

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21. HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH

Explore different textures by making homemade playdough. Click here for fun and easy playdough recipes.

22. ENJOY A SENSORY BIN

There are tons of sensory bin fillers to try that are both food and non-food items. Click here to learn more about sensory bins.

Favorites fillers include rice, dried beans, sand, aquarium gravel, pompoms, dry pasta, cereal, and of course, water!

Simple scoops, tongs, and other kitchen utensils are great additions.

FUN TIP: Many of these activities include fine motor skills! Whenever possible add kid-friendly tongs, eyedroppers, straws, etc. This will help encourage hand strengthening and finger dexterity!

23. GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT

Get out and get moving, looking, and searching, a scavenger hunt builds quite a few skills too! Find a free pack of scavenger hunts here.

24. ADD SIMPLE SCIENCE

Simple science at home is super fun with young kids! I know because we started with these activities and more when my son was three! You can read about all our favorites here and generally they only use items you have on hand or can get cheaply.

LOOK: Science Activities For Preschoolers

  • Baking Soda, vinegar and cookie cutters.
  • Oobleck with cornstarch and water.
  • Melting ice with warm water.

AND WHEN IN DOUBT…

Sometimes it is perfectly fine to:

  • Snuggle up and read a book together!
  • Play a board game together! See our favorite games here.
  • Go on a nature walk and talk about the world around you!
  • Paint a picture or two.  

Grab our always “growing” Early Learning Pack here!

 

MORE FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME

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  1. Yes, that’s fine and stay well! Look up our easy to do dino dig at home too.

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