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The Best Hands on Activities for Preschoolers

Kids learn best when they are directly involved in the process. Set a solid educational foundations with these hands-on activities for preschoolers.

The Best Hands-on Learning Activities for Preschoolers

My youngest daughter just turned 6 years old, so we are officially out of the preschool phase. I still end up with preschoolers hanging out at my house for one reason or another on a pretty regular basis, and they all LOVE hands-on activities. So I figure it’s past time to write up our absolute favorite hands-on activities for preschoolers. It makes a great resource for ME when we have young kids in the house, and hopefully it helps you, too!

The Best Hands on Activities for Preschoolers

I’ve divided these activities into sections, but honestly there is crossover between all of them. Hopefully the organization makes it a little easier for preschool teachers, caregivers, and parents find what they need quickly! While this post showcases activities that come with some structure, don’t forget the importance of open-ended play! Remember, too, to spend plenty of time at the playground!

See Also: Why Children Need Play and How to Prioritize Play in a Busy World.

Art Hands-on Preschool Activities

Fine Motor Hands on Preschool Activities

Learning Language with Hands on Preschool Activities

Learning Math with Hands on Preschool Activities

Engineering Hands on Preschool Activities

Hands-on Science Activities for Preschoolers

Social Studies Hands on Preschool Activities

Hands on Preschool Sensory Activities

Holiday Themed Hands on Activities

Preschoolers LOVE holidays! Here are our favorite holiday themed hands-on activities for preschoolers.

Preschooler Valentine’s Day Fun

Hands on Preschool Easter Activities

Preschool Halloween Activities

I have so many Halloween themed hands- on activities for preschoolers that they get their own page. My collection of Halloween activities for preschoolers, includes Halloween science, crafts, active play, book activities, and more!

Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers

Everything you need to celebrate Thanksgiving with preschoolers!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year with preschoolers. There’s so much fun you can have with turkeys, and I love using this time to focus on gratitude. Over the years I’ve collected a wonderful range of preschool Thanksgiving activities that kids and parents – and preschool teachers – love.

Hands-on Preschool Christmas Activities

Kids learn best when they are directly involved in the process. Set a solid educational foundations with these hands-on activities for preschoolers. #ece #preschool #handsonlearning #kidsactivities

What are your favorite hands on activities for preschoolers? Share your favorite hands-on learning ideas on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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