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The Ultimate List of Group Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers
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We meet with our homeschooling group on a weekly basis. The girls have so much fun and I am one happy mama knowing that it’s not just all fun and games but also really great learning and socialization experiences for my kids. They aren’t exactly school age yet, we have a 3 going on 4 and 4 going on 5 but I wanted to get them started early so we’re prepared for when we start an actual curriculum.

I wanted to share with you a list I made of some great group learning activities you can do with your preschooler. My first recommendation is to find a group of moms or a co-op. It has been the best thing in the world. I’ve connected with so many moms who are in the same season of life as me and it’s been wonderful. If you don’t currently have a co-op or group of moms and kiddos to meet with, you could either start your own group or look around in local Facebook groups in your area. I found mine in a local Facebook community!

The first 6 on my list are activities and events we have already participated in. If you continue to scroll down you will find the rest of my list that we want to plan or already have in the works.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

The Ultimate List of Group Learning & Socialization Activities for Preschoolers

1. Movie Viewing Party – Get the kiddos together for an indoor movie. Before starting the movie have a quick lesson on something related to the movie. Example: Watch Moana (my kids favorite) and have a lesson about ocean animals before the movie.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

Also, have an indoor tub with homemade sand for sensory play.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

2. Indoor Garden Activity – We recently had an indoor garden activity where the kids planted some tomato plant seeds and then worked on a garden-related craft. We used toilet paper rolls, glue, markers, construction paper, green pipe cleaners and scissors to make a flower craft.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

After the kids finished their craft and gardening activity we gathered everyone together and talked about plants and trees and how fruits and veggies grow. We served raw veggies and fruits with my girls favorite Capri Sun 100% Juice pouches that come in 4 flavors – Apple, Berry, Fruit Punch and Grape. Our favorite is the apple juice.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

The kids had a blast and they loved the fact that they got to take home a little pot with their newly potted tomato plant. They’ve been watering it every day. 🙂 Let’s hope we get some tomatoes soon!
Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

3. Bowling Alley Tour – We took all the kids to the bowling alley and arranged a behind the scenes tour. It was so neat, I had always wondered what it looked like back there. The kids even got to pass around some bowling pins which they thought were cool.  After that, the kids bowled in teams. It was a great experience for all.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

4. Book Club – Some of my girls’ favorite days are book club days. All the kids get together to read and talk about books. Since most of the preschoolers aren’t reading age yet, the hosting mom will read a book and then the kids will participate in an activity relating to the book that was read that day. Our first book club we read a book called Duck on a Bike. After that, the kids worked on a duck-related activity and then we all took a stroll down to a nearby duck pond to feed the ducks. Just last week we had our first every Show & Tell version of book club and each child brought their favorite book to show and tell the others about. My girls loved the idea and couldn’t stop talking about their favorite book.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

5. Book reading party – A party to celebrate reading? Seriously, the best idea ever to encourage young ones to read and to love books. We did just that at our Dr. Seuss Storytime party. Not only did we read a ton of Dr. Seuss books and ate delicious Cat in the Hat cupcakes, but we also had a special appearance from Cat in the Hat himself. 🙂 You can see all the party details here.

DIY Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Cat in the Hat Party Free Printables

6. Field day – There’s nothing better than getting together at a park and just letting loose. That’s what we did for our field day Easter celebration.

We had all sorts of activities set up for the kids from tug-o-war, ring toss, sack races and a duck pond matching game. The littlest ones enjoyed this one the most!

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

Our group is known as a pay-it-forward group, which means we all take turns hosting and planning events. And when we have group events and activities all the moms sign up to bring something. I’m usually the mom with the juice pouches. 🙂 We love to bring Capri Sun 100% Juice to our events! I love that it’s made with 100% real fruit juice and contains 1 ½ cups of fruit*. It also has, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

Learning activities and field trip ideas for preschoolers

Here are more ideas for group learning & socialization activities for preschoolers.

7. Clay making

8. Art studio field trip

9. Embroidery lesson

10. Scavenger hunt

11. Backyard Drive-in movie

12. Nursing home visit

13. Science Fair

14. Basic CPR and First Aid Lesson

15. Yoga

16. Swimming

17. Rock painting

18. Bug catch, inspect and release

19. Puppet show

20. Sign Language lesson

21. Fire & Weather Safety lesson

22. Board game

23. Volunteer at an animal shelter

24. Make ice cream

25. Put on a play

26. Make terrariums

27. Visit a recycling facility

28. Go on a hike

What would you add to the list??

 

*each pouch provides ¾ cup fruit juice, which is 1 ½ cups of fruit according to the US Dietary Guidelines

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    MONICA Y
    April 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Gosh where was this awesome list when my son was smaller? It is a great list, I will share with friends

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    April 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    That is so great! I think it’s important to get kids excited about learning and nature as soon as possible.

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    Vera Sweeney
    April 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    That IS the ultimate! I think getting kids interested in learning and interacting in groups as soon as possible.

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    Bill Sweeney
    April 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Great list. We’ve always made group learning a priority for our kids. It gets them interested in learning, and it teaches them about group dynamics.

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    Tamara
    April 27, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This is an awesome list. I have a preschooler right now and sensory play is awesome for him. Plus we did a unit on baby chicks which was fun.

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    Emily
    April 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    These are really great ideas! My youngest just got out of preschool age and they are always so much fun, it is a great age to enjoy games with.

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    Joely Smith
    April 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Wow, so many wonderful ideas! I think the sensory play is the best! Learning can be so much fun – you can sneak it in on the kids and they do not even realize they are learning!

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    Rebecca Swenor
    April 28, 2017 at 4:19 am

    These are great lists of activities for parents of preschool aged kids. I love the idea of a fried day and the book reading party. Thanks for sharing these activities and I will have to share these with my nieces who have little ones.

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    Lian
    April 28, 2017 at 6:16 am

    These are fabulous ideas. My kids enjoy having Movie Nights, so having their friends over would be great for them. My sister does activities like Field Days for my nieces and nephews at home, and my kids would love to do this with their friends here. We are thinking of having a drive-in movie night in our backyard. To be outdoors watching a movie would be a fun experience for them to have.

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    OurFamilyWorld
    April 28, 2017 at 7:01 am

    It’s always nice to have the kids involved in group activities. All these sound super fun.

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    Victoria Heckstall
    April 28, 2017 at 7:41 am

    One of the main benefits of participating in a group activity for children is learning how to become part of a team.

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    Melissa Dixon
    April 28, 2017 at 9:11 am

    These are all great activities! I had so much fun with my daughter when she was little.

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    Michelle Waller
    April 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

    These are all so great!! We love to volunteer at our local animal shelter and make ice cream! This list is great for kids of all ages too!!

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    Natalie
    April 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    These are all such great ideas! I remember as a child I always got super excited when activities were outdoors.

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    Heather
    April 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Oh this sounds great! My son loves Moana! Has watched it for a week straight! We are considering online schooling our kids and I know there are home groups that go with it that we can join. I think some of these things would be totally awesome to do with other parents.

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    Adaleta
    May 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    These are great fun ideas! This age is such a fun time and everything about learning can be fun and interactive!

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    krystal
    May 1, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I have a four year old and all of these ideas would be right up his alley! Looks like a fun time too.

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    Oyinkan Ogunleye
    May 2, 2017 at 3:00 am

    The bowling alley idea sounds like so much fun! I would do it ( because I love bowling) and I’m clearly not in Preschool. lol

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