100+ Activities for Preschoolers

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100+ Activities for Preschoolers

Activities for 3 to 5 year olds.

Since I’m a former kindergarten teacher, my kids {ages 4.5, 2.75 and 9 months} and I spend most of our days doing fun learning activities. I suppose you could say it’s my thing. When the children go to bed at night, some parents think about home decorating or reading or traveling… I’m usually researching and creating new craft projects, math games and reading activities. That’s why I was excited to pull together a list of more than 100 of my favorite hands-on activities for preschoolers so that I can find fun, educational ways to fill our days in one spot. I hope you find it helpful too.


Pre-Reading Activities


Beats on the Body: A Syllable Segmenting Game by Playdough to Plato

Rhyming Cards by Pre-K Pages

Free Printable Same Different Game by Playdough to Plato

Little Mouse, Little Mouse Rhyming Game by Playdough to Plato

Free Printable Opposite Game by Playdough to Plato



Alphabet Activities

No Time for Flashcards

Stamp and Match Upper and Lowercase Match by No Time for Flashcards

Letter of the Week Crafts by Crystal and Co.

Free Printable Alphabet Lego Cards by Wildflower Ramblings

ABC Fireman Spray by Playdough to Plato

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Stamping Activity by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Letter Tumble by PreKinders

Favorite Things Letter Identification Activity by Stay At Home Educator

Silver Bells Memory Game by I Can Teach My Child

Letter Toss by Playdough to Plato

Personalized Alphabet Book by Think Magnet

ABC Review PreK Packs by This Reading Mama

Create an Alphabet Puppet Show by Coffee Cups and Crayons

ABC Cup Hunt by Playdough to Plato


Name Activities

Ring Toss Name Recognition Activity by Hands On As We Grow

Ring Toss Name Recognition Activity by Hands On As We Grow

Learning Our Letters: Why Our Names Are What We Learn First by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Salt, Glue and Watercolour Name Recognition Activity by Happy Hooligans

Rainbow Names by Playdough to Plato

Name Rubbings {and 19 other name games} by Pre-K Pages

Top 5 Ways to Teach Your Child How to Spell Her Name by Playdough to Plato



Math Games

10 Preschool Math Games! {Playdough to Plato}

The Preschool Math Mega Pack: 10 Printable Games by Playdough to Plato

Giant Shape Sort by I Can Teach My Child

Circles from Tubes by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Sticky Hundreds Chart by Coffee Cups and Crayons

I Spy Math Game by Teach Preschool

Shape Play Dough Mats by Pre Kinders

Playdough Inchworms by Teach Preschool

I Have, Who Has Shapes Game by Pre Kinders

Number Recognition: Do You Know Five? by JDaniel4′s Mom

Make Your Own Number Trail Mix by Playdough to Plato

Flight School Number Game by Learn Play Imagine

A Car Parking Numbers Game by Craftulate on B-Inspired Mama

Printable Counting Mat: Fill the Dump Truck by The Measured Mom



Fine Motor Activities

Salt Writing

Salt Writing by Playdough to Plato

Scissor Cutting Station by Teaching Mama

Teaching Kids to Sew by No Doubt Learning

Cotton Ball Painting by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Hand Dyed Pasta Necklaces by Happy Hooligans



Science Projects

Butterfly Life Cycle by Mama Miss

Butterfly Life Cycle Activity by Mama Miss

Jelly Bean Science by Teach Preschool

Kitchen Science for Kids: What Will Freeze First? by No Time for Flashcards

Our Garden {Outdoor Classroom} by Carrots Are Orange

Egg Shell Squeeze: Food Science for Kids by Kids Activities Blog

Does It Dissolve? by The Picky Apple

Exploring Sound: Making a Kazoo by Buggy and Buddy

Balloon State of Matter Activity by Fit Kids Clubhouse

Fizzy Ice {Science Activity for Kids} by Toddler Approved

Apple Science by Coffee Cups and Crayons



Arts and Crafts

Painted Feet by Lessons Learnt Journal

Painted Socks by Lessons Learnt Journal

Color Matching Activity by No Time for Flashcards

Paint Palette Color Wheel by Mama Miss

Birds Eating Worms {and tons of other fine motor activities} by PreKinders

Monster Munch Fine Motor Game by Laly Mom

Print Making for Kids by How Wee Learn

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk by Oh My Handmade Goodness

Handprint Heart Tree Craft by I Heart Crafty Things



Pretend Play Ideas

Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}

Free Printable Veterinarian’s Office Pretend Play by Playdough to Plato

10 Printable Pretend Play Sets by Playdough to Plato

Pretend Play Beauty Salon by Imagination Soup

Open a Paper Sandwich Shop by Kids Activities Blog

DIY Plaster Casts for Doctor Role Play by The Imagination Tree

Pretend Play Science Lab by No Time for Flashcards

Pete’s A Pizza by Playdough to Plato


Life Skills

Six Creative Ways to Teach Kids Left from Right. {Playdough to Plato}

6 Creative Ways to Teach Kids Left from Right by Playdough to Plato

How to Make Friends in Kindergarten by Teach Preschool

Bringing Home a Younger Sibling by Mama Smiles

Nine Words to End Fights Over Toys by Not Just Cute

Pay It Forward: Teaching Kindness by Busy Kids Happy Mom

Books on Self Control by Meaningful Mama

My Favorite Tips for Calming Tantrums by Toddler Approved!

Raising Kids Who Get Along by Mama Smiles

25 Kid-Friendly Ways to Practice Kindness by Playdough to Plato


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Check out other 100th Day roundups from these talented bloggers:
This Reading Mama | No Doubt Learning | B-Inspired Mama | Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting | Living Montessori Now | Creative World of Varya | Lemon Lime Adventures | Edventures with Kids | The Educators’ Spin On It | Frugal Fun for Boys | Memetales Blog | Preschool Powol Packets | Teach Beside Me | Playdough to Plato | Afterschool for Smarty Pants | To the Moon and Back | Inspiring Two New Hampshire Children | Growing Book by Book | My Little 3 and Me | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail | Frugal Homeschool Family | WriteBonnieRose.com




About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4, 2.5 and 5 months}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.


  1. A.ma.zing! Thank you for this amazing round-up of preschool activities. I’ve pinned it (twice) and will be sure to promote later today. Thank you for participating in our 100th day blog hop.

  2. Thanks so much for including me in such a great collection of ideas!

  3. Preschool is such a fun age! Thank you so much for joining us in the 100th Day Hop, these are fabulous ideas!

  4. This is an AWESOME list!!!! Thanks for compiling it!

  5. Yay! I’m excited you’re a fan, Megan!!

  6. Thank you, Andrea!!

  7. My pleasure, Jodi!!

  8. It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people about this subject,
    but you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

  9. Please, please , please do not teach your child their name using ALL capital letters.

  10. Thank you for including me on your list!

  11. The last wouldn’t be complete without you, Vanessa!! I’m a huge fan of Pre-K Pages. :)


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