TV-Free Ideas for Preschoolers

Have Fun Outdoors

Take a nature hike. Collect seeds and leaves. Make a collage with the materials you collected and post it on the refrigerator.

Walk to your local fire station. Visit the firehouse, tour the trucks and talk about fire prevention.

Ride bikes. Before going out, discuss the rules of the road, such as not getting too far ahead, stopping at the end of the sidewalk and waiting for you to catch up before proceeding, looking both ways when crossing streets and crossing driveways, etc.

Go on a bug hunt. Look for ants and other insects. Discuss how they look and what they are doing.

Organize outdoor games. Try hopscotch, kickball, follow the leader, obstacle courses, sidewalk chalk, baseball, or tennis.

Garden. Try growing vegetables,create a Pole Bean Tepee, or a Container Garden.

Indoor Stimulation

Telephonitis. Give your child practice in reading numbers left to right by dialing a telephone. Make a list of telephone numbers your child can read -- for relatives, friends, the weather bureau -- and have your child make a call or two.

Hidden Letters. Build reading observation skills with this activity. Ask your child to look for letters of the alphabet on boxes and cans of food and household supplies. For example, find five A's or three C's, or any number of letters or combinations on cereal boxes, soup cans and bars of soap. Start with easy-to-find letters. Then have your children write the letters on paper or point out the letters on the boxes and cans.

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