Monday, 24 June 2019

Importance of Preschool Activities

Imaginative preschool activities can help in laying a firm foundation for success in school performance. Preschool is not just about fun and naps, finger painting, etc. It is also about developing learning skills that enhance learning potentials through appropriate activities.

Apart from being fun, preschool activities promote skills that will help the kids in all kinds of achievement throughout their adult life. Moreover, preschool activities are launch pads for the visual development of children.

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What can preschool activities develop?

Early childhood education teachers can successfully make use of vision therapy activities for developing skills like focus, convergence, visualization, tracking, visual memory, sequencing and coding, and fine motor control.

It is a proven fact that correct vision therapy exercises can develop such important skills in preschoolers. Consequentially, they help achieve long-term success by offering an edge over others. The creativity is in producing the therapies in fun tasks so that the little ones will do the required exercises, and make the most of the overall experience.

Activities that help

After in-depth researching, behavioral optometrists have come up with powerful fun exercises, designed for capturing the enthusiasm and attention of young children.  They are intended to cultivate the visual skills needed for achieving success in their educational career. Simple techniques when applied smartly during games can result in exciting preschool therapies. Such exercises do go a long way in assisting cognitive development of children. Given below are a few such exercises.

1. Musical Chairs

Musical chairs help students sharpen their listening skill by testing how alert they are in distinguishing between silence and sound. It teaches as well preparedness for quick responses, self-regulation, and lightning-like reflexes.

2. Hide and Seek

Hide an object in the classroom and then give the kids specific instructions such as these: “move two steps backward” or “walk towards something red”, to lead them to the hidden object. This game not only reinforces listening skills but also gives practice in carrying out verbal instructions. Furthermore, it has a wider scope for teaching children colors, positional words, shapes and the like.

3. Art and Craft

Coloring, drawing, finger painting, cutting, and pasting are all art and craft exercises that are designed to develop fine motor skills of preschoolers.

4. Sock Puppets Show

Students can come up with hand puppets created out of socks and together put up a show in the class. Creating puppets helps again to develop fine motor skills. In addition, talking to others with the puppet helps to develop communication and language skills. It also helps in teaching children how to resolve conflicts using words.

Thus, imaginative fun activities and games for preschoolers can develop powerful skills in them. This is important in early childhood education as it is capable of laying the foundation for all their achievements later in their life.

A note of caution: the fun activities and games should be designed carefully to kindle real interest and fun in the children. If not the efforts made will not lead to the expected outcome.