Homemade Halloween Count Up That Allows Your Preschooler to Take Lead
One common challenge I experience with my preschooler is him asking me to "show him how". Where this inquiry is completely age appropriate, I also have to allow him to direct his own learning.
Now, we all know Preschoolers are fully capable of doing what they think is best. Why won't it work the same with educational games? Perhaps it is because they are used to us (guilty as well) telling them what to do or how to do it. It won't change overnight, but let's start providing options and engaging more as a facilitator.
So here is one way you can encourage your preschooler to take the lead on learning.
For this activity, I provided two manipulatives and watched Grey think about which one he should use. Both activities touch on many Kindergarten math standards such as, by Kindergarten children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
First, my preschooler chose to place the numbers with the matching ghost. When he began, I took away the eyes. Too many options can overwhelm and distract a preschooler.
After matching each number, we took out the googly eyes and glue. He LOVED this activity. There is just something about googly eyes that add a fun element to learning.
After Grey pasted the eyes onto the ghost, we counted them, and again, he found the matching number.
Remember, don't be discouraged when this happens. Preschoolers need to be in charge of their own active learning. Here, Grey wanted to add a ghost to the activity. Allow the games organically develop.
Try it! Comment below and let us know how it goes.