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Pint-Sized Pursuits: Enrichment Activities for the Preschool Crowd

by Sarah Lyons on Nov 27th, 2017

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Preschool and playgroups

Traditional preschool exposes children to many different types of enrichment such as art, music, games, cooperative play, drama and pretend play, as well as develop their social and language skills. While preschool may provide a well rounded enrichment experience, it may not be a good fit for some families due to schedules or finances. Play groups are another great way to expose your child to many types of enrichment experiences while giving them the social aspect that many preschools provide.

Individual sports

“I think dance or tumbling is a really good first organized activity for kids.” says Angela Leever, Olathe mom of three and preschool special education teacher. “You want to make sure you get them into an activity where the instructors are used to working with young children and their expectations are age appropriate.” Gymnastics, swimming, and martial arts are great sports activities for little ones to try because they work on their core strength and confidence. Kids who love to be active and are maybe even a little daring do great in these individual sports.

The wonderful thing about preschool enrichment is that there are several programs and opportunities in the Kansas City area and there are also countless chances to expose your kids to learning at home as well. “We are really into gardening right now. My son waters the plants every night and has to help pull weeds. It has been a great learning experience for him.” says Katlyn Purkapile, mom of two from Edgerton. Kids can learn by helping with chores around the house, exploring all the parks and museums Kansas City has to offer, and even visiting the local library. Mother of two, Stephanie Pratt, of Olathe says “Everything you do is a learning activity for preschoolers. My kids love to cook with me.” Get creative, make learning fun, and allow your child to explore and try new things both in organized programs and at home.

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Preschool Enrichment at Home

You do not have to spend a fortune on classes to give your kids great enrichment experiences. Here’s some ideas to incorporate at home or explore in your community.

  • Gross motor - visit a park, play in the backyard, create an obstacle course using household objects, or have a family dance party
  • Fine motor - create a sensory bin, play with puzzles or blocks, allow your kids to draw and practice with scissors
  • Language - sing, read, and use cooperative play
  • Social development - host playdates, explore the city, go on a scavenger hunt
  • Self awareness - dress up, cook, have them help with chores and gardening

 

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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