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Spring into Learning: April Activities for Preschoolers with HIPPY Halton!

As we dive into a new month filled with learning adventures, creativity, and family fun, we're excited to share a variety of engaging activities designed to spark joy and foster preschool preparedness in your little ones. 

From celebrating special days like April Fools' Day and National Pet Day to exploring the wonders of science and self-regulation, join us on this enriching journey as we empower parents with the tools and resources to nurture their children's development.


 

Week 1: April Fools' Day Fun

In Week 1, we kick off April with a playful spirit, embracing the pranks and laughter of April Fools' Day. From amusing stories to engaging literacy activities, this week is all about igniting children's imaginations and fostering a love for reading and storytelling.


Activity 1: April 1st: April Fools’ Day

Get ready for some farmyard fun this April Fools' Day! Join us as we read a delightful story where the grandkids bring laughter and mischief to Grandpa's breakfast routine. Will Grandpa see through their tricks, or will he end up with a surprise of his own? Click the link below for some giggles and surprises!



Activity 2: April 2nd: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Indulge in the irresistible combination of peanut butter and jelly with a catchy read-aloud that'll have the whole family singing along! Dive into the world of PB&J and celebrate this delicious duo in style.


Activity 3: Literacy skills

What are the Best Alphabet Activities for Toddlers?

Join us in a musical adventure where we sing along with our names! Explore the magic of language and rhythm while celebrating the uniqueness of each child.



Let’s Start with Your NAME! to Learn Your ABCs

Start by introducing the letters in your child's name, as it's a word they can connect with, and they can display their names around the house.  Watch here


Activity 4: Let’s sing along with our names!

Join us in a musical adventure where we sing along with our names! Explore the magic of language and rhythm while celebrating the uniqueness of each child.


Activity 5: Let’s have fun with "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"

Join the race up the coconut tree with "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"! Dive into this delightful story where the alphabet characters embark on a thrilling adventure, teaching valuable lessons along the way.




Activity 6: April 4th: International Carrot Day

Join us for a heartwarming read-aloud of "Too Many Carrots" by Katy Hudson. Follow Rabbit on an adventure filled with challenges and friendship as he learns the importance of sharing. It's a tale that'll warm your heart and inspire kindness!


 

Week 2: Math Marvels and Pet Palooza

Week 2 is all about numbers, shapes, and furry friends! Join us as we explore math concepts through interactive games and counting adventures. Additionally, we'll celebrate the joy of pet ownership with heartwarming stories and activities that highlight the special bond between children and their animal companions.


Activity 1: Math skills: Shape patterns 

Practice patterning with food using fruit cereal and yarn to create edible patterns. Start with a simple ABC pattern and progress to more complex patterns as your child develops skills, all while having a delicious snack.

 

Activity 2: Counting is fun!

These fun counting activity sheets help younger students develop important number sense skills!

 

Activity 3: Let’s sing and count!



Activity 4: Lets’ read this lovely story and celebrate National Pet Day!

April 11th: National Pet Day


“Some PETS” by Angela DiTerlizzi highlights the huge variety of pets and the things they can do.  But the one thing they all have in a common is being a good companion friend.


 

Week 3: Science and Gardening Galore

Get ready to explore the wonders of science and nature in Week 3! From captivating tales of bears and sandwiches to exciting gardening adventures with "The Tiny Seed," this week offers a plethora of hands-on exploration and outdoor discovery.


Activity 1: Celebrate National Make Lunch Day with a Story

Join us on April 13th to celebrate National Make Lunch Day with a delightful tale, "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Follow the adventures of a curious bear as it ventures from the forest to the city in search of a tasty treat. But is everything as it seems?



Activity 2: Make Your Own Delicious Sandwich

Keep the celebration going with our National Make Lunch Day activity! Whether it's a classic peanut butter and jelly or a creative cucumber cream cheese sandwich, we've got tasty ideas to tantalize your taste buds.


  • Peanut butter and Jelly: is probably a toddler favourite sandwich, but if your toddler is tired of it, try serving it with almond butter, sun butter, a different flavour jelly, smashed fruit, or different bread. You can also add crackers and cheese for variety.

  • Egg Salad Sandwich: Try an easy, creamy recipe and enjoy it with baby carrots, cream cheese, and grapes on the side.

  • Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich: a fun veggie sandwich made with cream cheese and thinly sliced cucumber. Sides of crackers, cheese, tomatoes, thinly sliced apples, and baby carrots. 

  • Grilled cheese: Use food cutters for fun shapes and easy crust removal. Serve with sweet peppers, cream cheese, and strawberries.



Activity 3: Embrace National Gardening Day with Inspiring Stories

April 14th marks National Gardening Day, and we're diving into the world of greenery with two enchanting stories. Join us as we explore "The Bear's Garden" by Marcie Colleen, a heartwarming tale of community and transformation inspired by a teddy bear found in the weeds.


Then, embark on "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle, a captivating journey of a seed's quest to become a beautiful flower. Click the links below to watch these inspiring reads and get inspired for your own gardening adventures!


Activity 4: Garden Activities

As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to start thinking about spring planting. What do you and your child envision growing this season? Check out these great ideas from No Time for Flashcards - VEGETABLE GARDEN ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

 

Week 4: Earth Day and Self-Regulation

In Week 4, we shift our focus to Earth Day and the importance of fostering self-regulation skills in children. Join us as we express gratitude for our planet through environmental activities and empower kids to navigate their emotions and behaviours with positivity and resilience. It's a week of reflection, growth, and making a difference in the world around us.


Activity 1: April 22nd: Earth Day

Let's express our gratitude for our planet with "Thank You, Earth" by April Pulley Sayre. This breathtaking photographic journey around Earth is a love letter to the beauty that surrounds us every day. Encourage your kids to take a camera outside and capture the wonders of nature.



Activity 2: Family Litter Patrol

Take action to care for our planet by organizing a family litter patrol. Equip yourselves with gloves and pick-up tools, and head to a nearby park to collect trash. It's a hands-on way to make a positive impact on our environment.


Activity 3: Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Let's celebrate Earth Day with an exciting scavenger hunt! Search for selected items in nature, like rocks, feathers, and fallen leaves. Remember, it's not about collecting everything you find; it's about appreciating the beauty of our planet.


Activity 4: Self-Regulation

Teaching kids self-regulation is crucial for their development. It helps them become better learners, critical thinkers, and decision-makers. Check out this video for effective self-regulation activities to do with your little ones and empower them to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.




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