This is an update for my post Sewing with a preschooler. My 5-year-old finished her first sewing project! I helped thread the plastic sewing needle every time she needed a new color of yarn, and I also helped her correct errors (which happened a lot). But she really enjoyed it and it made her feel accomplished.
I helped my almost-3-year-old and she is not bad either (below) 🙂
My almost-three-year-old could cut paper all day long. One of my favorite items I’ve found at the Dollar Tree are these children’s scissors. I initially thought they were cheap and would break right away but they’ve held up so well I went and bought more. They aren’t sharp enough to really cause an injury but I always make sure my kids are sitting while using them. They work best cutting construction or thicker types of paper.
In an old post I mentioned that I save their old drawings and scribbles so that they can recycle that paper for cutting practice instead of wasting it. Cutting is really fun and even a two-year-old isn’t too young to begin with close adult supervision. They get a huge kick out of it and feel so proud of themselves at that age.
Puzzles are great. They are an activity that encourages problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, concentration, fine motor skills, and the list surely goes on. I found a pack of four mini puzzles from the dollar store. Yes, they are cheap and made of cardboard and will not last very long, but I have had the hardest time finding simple mini puzzles with only a few pieces anywhere else. Usually my 3-and-a-half-year-old needs a lot of assistance to complete puzzles, but these mini ones only have 3-8 puzzle pieces each. She can do them by herself as one of her shelf activities.
I found this dry erase writing board (cardboard, more like it) at our local Dollar Store. It is great to introduce writing in between lines and such (AKA penmanship). At this stage, it isn’t a huge deal that I teach my three-year-old how to write with perfect penmanship, though. Just sort of fun… or, interesting… to introduce. 😉
As you can see, I have a couple of her sandpaper letters out for her to try and write after tracing them with her finger. The sandpaper letters really do help in having her understand how to write letters — I recommend them to everyone with a preschooler (even as just a supplement for kids that already are in a preschool)! I found mine at Montessori Outlet. I have my eyes on the knobbed and knob-less cylinders from Montessori Outlet (they look really awesome)… but they are still a bit out of my budget!
So, as you can see above, my daughter doesn’t really care to write in between lines, but that’s okay! I am just impressed that she’s writing at all. If I don’t make any rules about it then she has a lot more fun anyway. When she’s a bit older I can be more goal-oriented with her lessons, maybe, but by then she’ll hopefully be in a Montessori school where she will have other guidance.