Age 3 is not too young for learning. It’s never too early in my book! Check out our year in review of some of our favorite activities for 3 year olds!
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Our Favorite Activities For 3 Year Olds Video
Language Arts Activities
Reading and Story Hour
Out of all the activities we focused on last year, story hour at the library would without a doubt be Wyatt’s favorite! I attended the exact same library with the same children’s librarian when I was his age. It feels so nostalgic to be taking my own child now but just as I figured he loves it just as much as I did and maybe even more.
We attend once a week for story time, music, crafts, snacks, and sometimes games too! Afterwards I let Wyatt pick out books he would like to check out and we read 1-2 a day throughout the week. Then the next week we exchange for more books. I couldn’t be more thankful that our small town has this amazing program for young kids!
Salt letters is an activity I seen another mom doing on Instagram a couple of years ago. I thought it was such a great idea to introduce letter writing to kids that aren’t quite ready to use pencils. Last year when Wyatt was 3 we only focused on uppercase letters. The lowercase that you see in the above photo I recently added!
All winter long Wyatt asked to do salt letters, especially on days when we were stuck in the house. When we first started this activity last year he could barely make an A but he drastically showed improvement the more and more we practiced. Now he is able to hold a pencil and write his own name! I truly believe salt letters helped tremendously.
I started alphabet crafts last year as part of our “letter of the week” series. If you have read any of my recent homeschooling posts you’ll already know that didn’t quite work out like I thought it would. However, we still continued the crafts throughout the year but only when Wyatt asked to do them himself! We have 3 letters left and it may have taken us an entire year to complete but he has thoroughly enjoyed it.
I ended up hanging twine from one end of his bedroom to another and displaying the letters there for us to refer to throughout the year. These crafts are what taught Wyatt the letters of the alphabet!
Monopoly Jr is hands down Wyatt’s favorite board game. Its geared towards ages 5 and up but with a bit of guidance he had little to no trouble playing as a 3 year old. I was able to teach him the value of a $1 bill and he had lots of practice counting and adding numbers!
My husband picked up a set of 6 card games from Kroger a few years ago for Wyatt. He was 1-2 years old so a bit too young but at age 3 I started introducing the matching and memory games. He has been obsessed ever since! He has beat me at the game several times, honestly. The kid sure can pay attention when he wants to.
A Mix Of Everything
Preschool Readiness Kit
When Toys R Us was going out of business they had huge discounts on their merchandise. The last time we made it up there before closing I picked up a preschool readiness kit. Out of every educational toy or activity we have had over the years this kit has been a huge bang for our buck.
It has everything from letters to math, hand writing, motor skills, and more! His favorite activity to do with the kit is playing hide and seek with the letters in beans or rice.
ABC Mouse was something I considered purchasing a while before I actually broke down and bought a subscription. We ended up with a pretty good deal during Christmas time and used it several times over the past year. It’s more than just your typical learning app for kids because there’s just SO much to do and for a wide range of ages. My only complaint is that we sometimes have trouble with the app loading. It’s a bit slower than I’d like but otherwise it is amazing. Would still recommend!
10 Activities Your Preschooler Will Love E-book
For additional activities be sure to check out my FREE e-book! We had such a great time with these experiments and Wyatt still talks about how much fun he had doing them.
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