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Fun and Educational Small Group Activities for Preschoolers

Virtually all preschoolers are curious and eager to learn. Sometimes it can be challenging, if not impossible, to keep them interested and engaged. Luckily, for small group activities, there are some great opportunities you can use to achieve this. 

While we can’t list them all, we have a few favorites we think you may like. If you’re looking for some preschool learning activities during the school year, try these out. 

Fun Small Group Activities

Outdoor recess and playtime aren’t always options for preschool classes. Unfortunately, board games can be too complex. Having new indoor activities for them can help capture their attention. If there is inclement weather or you’re a new preschool teacher just looking for suggestions, try these two classics. 

The Alphabet Letter Matching Game

This is a memory game based on the classic but with an educational twist. This has always been a favorite among preschool teachers. As they play, not only do they learn the alphabet, but they also get several other benefits. 

During the game, they have to pay attention to what letters the other players turn over during their turns. In turn, increasing concentration and short-term memory skills. Additionally, as they keep track of everything, it stimulates visual processing and memory. They’ll use critical thinking skills as they decide which cards to flip over. 

First off, you’ll need your game pieces. You can either make them by hand or print them off. Either way, we suggest using card stock paper as opposed to regular printer paper. You may want to laminate them if possible.  

While we like several different versions of this fun letter-matching game, the basic play is the same across all of them. 

  • Shuffle the cards and lay them face down on a table or floor. 
  • Players take turns flipping 2 cards in an attempt to find a match. If they do, they remove the cards from the game. If they don’t, they turn them back over and the next player gets a turn. 
  • The play continues until they find all the matches. 
  • The player with the most cards wins. 

Try one of these suggestions to change things up: 

  • Have them read each letter sound and say a word that starts with it as they turn them over. 
  • If they get a match, let them have another turn but it’s good to limit this to one additional turn so everyone gets a chance to play. 
  • Make it an uppercase and lowercase match game. 
  • Have them match letters to appropriate pictures. 

Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are captivating educational tools appealing to the five senses. These bases can vary widely, incorporating items like sand, a tuning fork, water beads, flowers, colorful rice, and something to tickle their taste buds. Just be sure to check for any allergies first. 

To elevate the exploratory experience, some preschool teachers like to incorporate a variety of playful implements. Some examples include spoons, scoopers, small containers, and intriguing miniatures like animal figures or construction vehicles. Encouragement towards open-ended play is key, allowing children to immerse themselves in the sensory experience. Under watchful eyes, they can dig, fill, and sort, activities that are instrumental in honing their fine motor skills. 

Blind Trust

Lastly, when it comes to small group activities you can have outside, blind trust is a super fun one. It doesn’t require any expenditure, setup is a breeze, and it teaches them how to listen actively and follow instructions. 

We like a few versions of this one but the idea is the same. Set up an obstacle course, blindfold each child, and have them work through the maze by following instructions. If they run into any object, they’re out of the game. 

For a variation, you can: 

  • Use thread to outline the course and if they break it, they’re out. 
  • Put them in teams of two and have them take turns giving/following directions. 
  • Make it a race between teams. 
  • When it’s their turn, have them name something that begins with a specific letter (ie A – Apple) before they can move. 

Have fun with it and come up with your own variations. 

Discovering different and engaging activities within the classroom is a great way to spark curious minds for learning. Armed with these suggestions, you’re ready to offer the children unique opportunities to learn and grow while having a blast. New activities for kids can be a lot of fun and easy to set up with the right ideas. 

Remember, the key to a successful activity lies in the joy and engagement it brings to the little ones. Encourage their exploration, celebrate their successes, and most importantly, enjoy the precious moments of discovery and fun alongside them. 

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