School Readiness Activity Ideas

Smiling little girl with scissors and square

Gross-motor skills:

  • Sit opposite him. Take up positions and let him copy them
  • Skipping, galloping, star jumps
  • Crawl and push a large soft ball with your head
  • Throw a ball/bean bag into the air with one hand/ catch with two hands
  • Bounce and catch a ball
  • Stand on one leg, jump on one leg
  • Lie on a skateboard and let him propel himself forward using his arms
  • Place a rope on the floor. Let him walk on it, jump two feet together sideways over the rope, walk with feet beside rope. He can try to balance a bean bag on his head when walking
  • Let him lie on his back and pass you a ball using his feet
  • Cow-tipping
  • Make stilts from empty cans and rope, let him walk on them
  • Walk like a crab (sit on the floor arms behind him, lift bottom to balance on hands and feet). Walk sideways, forwards and backwards
  • Forward roll (somersault, Bollemakiesie)
  • Run zig-zag patterns through obstacles
  • Place a ladder on the floor. Balance on frame, jump in the “blocks” two feet together and then alternate
  • Play hopscotch

Fine-motor skills:

  • Draw waves on a paper. When the paper is full cut out fish and stick it on the waves
  • Make hand puppets out of brown paper bags. Decorate with wool, cotton wool, glitter
  • Draw a picture with glue, sprinkle glitter on using bird fingers (index finger and thumb), rub the glitter on the glue and shake off excess glitter
  • Tear paper and make a mosaic picture
  • Tear paper in strips and roll small balls using finger tips
  • Shoot marbles/ ping pong balls to play finger soccer
  • Cut basic shapes (circle, square, triangle) and patterns (straight lines, zig zag, waves)
  • Paint, draw with chalk/pencils/crayons, stencil work, stamping
  • Dotted line worksheets
  • Use tweezers to pick up raisins, small cotton balls
  • Use a ruler to tear paper into strips
  • Build small lego
  • Start tying shoelaces
  • Roll out dough and use cookie cutters
  • Fold a paper in half
  • Colouring – start using only one direction and different colours
  • Touch each finger with his thumb
  • Playing with elastic bands around his fingers and placing them around a can/bottle

Visual Perception:

  • Describe an objects position (in front, behind, on top, under, next to)
  • Let them help bake a cake, read the instructions and let them do it as independently as possible
  • Play snakes and ladders
  • Card games (snap, go fish)
  • Play memory games (not electronic)
  • Page through a book and let him tell a story according to pictures he sees
  • Let him help set the table
  • Learn nursery rhymes
  • Independent dressing and undressing
  • Place 4 objects in an order, cover it, let him copy it
  • Identify differences between pictures
  • “Where’s Wally”
  • Start building own patterns and complete basic sequences with smarties e.g. red, blue, red, blue. You can expand to a 3 order sequence
  • Use arrows to show a secret pathway to a treasure, name the direction
  • Start identifying coins
  • Educational games 2D – 3D
  • Build patterns with sosatie sticks and let him copy them
  • Play hide and seek
  • Trace him on a big piece of paper (newspaper) and let him draw in his face. Add clothes and show him that the clothes are on the outside of your body.
  • Build story books with pictures from a magazine.

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