Preschool Weekly Activities (23) – Fish

February 10th, 2012 by Dionna | Comments Off on Preschool Weekly Activities (23) – Fish
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Learning Activity Series, Preschoolers, Toddlers

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The Preschool Weekly Activity Schedule is designed to help parents and caretakers of preschoolers do one easy but enriching activity with their children each weekday. The activities can also be adapted to fit the needs of toddlers and older children.

Each theme features fun and educational activities; book and music suggestions; and other ideas to help adults and children connect through learning and fun. Please check out the archives for other themes and activities.

This week we’re going to talk about fish.

Monday – Fun and Games

Go Fish – Numbers: If your preschooler has never played the card game Go Fish, now is the time to teach her! Just get a deck of cards, give each player 7 cards, and take turns asking for a card to make pairs. When we play, we put a shoe box in front of Kieran – he uses it to hold his cards up.

Tuesday – Motor Skills

Seashell Imprints: Give your little one some playdough and let him explore making imprints with different ocean items (seashells, starfish, sea horse shapes, etc). See what ocean shapes your child can make out of playdough.

Wednesday – Language and Pre-Reading

Go Fish – Reading1:


26 Letter Cards (use flash cards if you have them, find printable alphabet cards online, or simply write letters on a piece of paper and cut the paper up into cards)
26 pictures – one for each letter of the alphabet (free printables online include: Homeschool Creations and


1. Shuffle all of your cards together and deal 7 to each player.
2. Players look for matches (letter to picture that starts with that letter)
3. Take turns asking for “a picture that starts with the letter ‘b'” (or ‘k’ or ‘f’ etc.), or for a letter that matches a picture they have.

Thursday – Fun with Numbers

Goldfish Estimation2:

Challenge your child to put 20 goldfish crackers in a bowl without counting them. Count and see how close he got.

Fill a glass jar with goldfish and have your child guess how many there are. Count and see how close he got. Remove some (don’t let him see how many) and have him estimate again. Remind him that the estimate should be less than the original amount, because you removed some.

Friday – Exploring Our World

Same and Different: Visit your local pet store, or simply visit some websites that have pictures of different kinds of fish. Pick out two fish and talk about how they are the same and how they are different. Talk about what benefits a fish might have for being bigger or smaller, bright colored or plain, etc.

Book and Music Suggestions

  1. From 30+ Games to Get Ready to Read
  2. Adapted from an activity in Fun-Filled 5- to 10-Minute Math Activities for Young Learners available at Scholastic

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