- Cristi Wuenschel
Health Activities for Preschoolers
As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.
This week, it's all about Health with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and our topics are Checkup, Growth, Strength, Balance, and Rest. So many wonderful opportunities for learning!
Today we had a “virtual” visit to the doctor's office. We turned the dramatic play center in our classroom into a hospital/doctor's office and the children are of course loving it!
We talked about strengthening our bodies with lifting weights and core training. We had a fun time doing a core muscle strengthening video.
This week, we also discussed growing up. We read a fantastic book called Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell. We also read I want to be Tall by Laura Summers.
Another favorite from Experience Early Learning this week was the Lifting Weights Make & Play activity. The children had a great time using paper plates to make "weights" and then pretending to exercise with them.
Our Teacher Guide also included some great ideas for extra counting practice, for example, count to 12 and do 12 reps for each exercise.
The preschoolers measured each other's height using blocks and we used the words “estimate, predict, greater than, less than, and equal to”.
They were astonished that the majority of the children are 8 blocks tall! We also “measured” our hands using a ruler they colored and used magic noodles on.
What a wonderful week filled with lots of hands-on learning! Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we start our Desert Discovery theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).