Educational activities for pre-schoolers

Although 3-5 year olds are mostly not yet in formal educational settings, you might want to understand how they are developing and learning about the world around them.
If your child is in Reception or Kindergarten - or soon will be - some of these resources will help you to find out what they might be up to at school.
Remember that children this age should be learning through play so you don't need to formally 'teach' them, but having some tools to hand will help you to support them as they grow in

knowledge and confidence.

Don't compare them to other kids either - your own or other people's - your main goal is to support their interests and keep them curious! 

A page of BBC television and radio output to support children in the Early Years - aged about 3-5

A website of activities for children aged 2-6 with complete days and weeks planned with the resources to go with them. From the website: "The Corona Age suddenly arrived. Preschool closures. Restrictions on outdoor movement. Lockdown.
It was too overwhelming to set out on a whim each day and sort through the fun, random activities floating around. We needed a little more planning and sequence in order to relieve some of the day-to-day busy-ness."

19 Things to do with your kids at home

Log in to download. This free mini-book "covers 19 categories of ideas of what to do at home with your children while you are in isolation. The activities are designed to use what you have at home and fit in to your daily life easily."

The government website of activities for 0-5 year olds. "Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game.
And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school."

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The EYFS at Home

Activity ideas for young children

Dorling Kindersley are known for a wide range of information books for children but you might not know that they also have a website that you can use like a giant kid-safe encyclopaedia. Called DK Find Out it has information, quizzes and videos aimed at children aged around 4-12.