Obstacle Course

Prep: 5-10 Minutes / Activity Time: 15 Minutes

An indoor obstacle course can be an oral language adventure zone! This activity provides physical activity and practice in following directions, number words and positional words.

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Body Beatbox

Prep: None / Activity Time: 10 Minutes

The ability to attend to sounds is a part of phonological awareness. In this activity, your child will watch and hear you produce sounds with your hands, feet and voice and repeat what you’ve done.

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The Write Time

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

A child who starts writing and drawing first may start reading earlier. The beginning stages of writing include drawing, and this activity encourages you to start a file for your child’s writing to show progress over time.

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Sidewalk Writing

Prep: None / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

Having fun with activities that build your child’s fine motor skills will build her confidence and the ability to use her hands. This activity provides a fun way for your child to practice her emerging drawing and writing skills outside.

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My Name!

Prep: 2 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Children love to recognize and write their own names. At 3 years old, children can learn to spot the letters in their names, especially the first letter. This activity provides your child with failure-free practice in tracing her name - one step toward believing she is a writer.

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Sound Race!

Prep: 2-3 Minutes / Activity Time: 8-10 Minutes

Your 3-year-old has gained good control over her large muscles and probably enjoys hopping, running and jumping all over your house. She is also probably able to follow simple two-step instructions. This activity combines these skills in a fun way, allowing your child to practice listening for beginning sounds.

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Shopping for Sounds

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

3-year-olds are fascinated by the simple things adults do every day, whether it be laundry, dishes or food shopping. These routine activities provide a perfect way to introduce your child to the concept of beginning sounds.

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Letter Monster

Prep: 10-15 Minutes / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

Children usually learn letters in their own names first. This is a great place for you to start talking about letters. In this fun activity, your child will love feeding the letters of his name to the Letter Monster.

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Find the Letter

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Manipulative letters, such as magnetic letters, are important for helping children build letter knowledge at their own pace. This is a fun, active activity where your child will match a magnetic letter to an oversized letter written with sidewalk chalk.

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Letter Soup

Prep: 1-2 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Small details and shapes of letters are how we tell letters apart. Talk with your child about the characteristics of letters to help her learn to distinguish them. In this activity, children will compare letter shapes as they learn the names of letters.

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