The Backyard Activity That Can Prevent Summer Learning Loss For Preschoolers

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The Importance Of Preschool Learning

Izaak’s last week of preschool is this week. As a mom of a preschooler, it’s emotional for me to think about the fact that my boy has almost already completed two years of preschool. Luckily for me, since Izaak’s birthday is in September he will have one more year of preschool learning before he is a big boy in kindergarten. He is growing up far too fast and I’m way too emotional about it.

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I know that keeping his brain going when he’s on preschool break this summer is important since he’s learned so much this school year. I don’t want him to have summer learning loss since it is more crucial than ever for him at an early age to learn as his brain develops quickly.

As a mom, I try to make learning fun. A few days ago I had an “AH-HA” moment when playing outside with my son. I realized that there are so many things that you can do with chalk!

Chalk Preschool Curriculum

You can use chalk to do so many preschool activities! Here are five examples of different chalk activities that will keep your little one’s brain learning while keeping them outside as they wish. It’s a win-win for both parties. One of the top summer activities for children! (that is teaching for children…)

  1. Add And Subtract Chalk Exercises To Teach Kids Math

My son is already learning how to add and subtract by the age of four! He loves to do math and enjoys adding and subtracting even more when we find creative ways to work on math skills.

add and subtract sidewalk chalk math

2. Hopscotch For Exercise, Counting And Number Recognition

Seriously, what kid doesn’t like hopscotch! This game is great for getting exercise in a fun way, and is also awesome to teach counting and letter recognition.

hopscotch chalk

3. Chalk Basketball Game For Hand-Eye Coordination, Exercise, And Math

My son loves sports and we like to make sports even more fun by making our own sports games! It’s easy to sneak learning exercises in to an activity that children really enjoy!

In the picture below, you can see that we drew points on our sidewalk and made a court that had numbers on it. The numbers are points. The further back a person makes a basket, the more points they get for making a basket. You miss a basket, you subtract the points. To make it fair, I shoot from behind my back. It’s a ton of fun and is another great way to get exercise, teach math, and help with hand-eye coordination.

outdoor summer learning

4. Chalk Alphabet Tracing For Letter Recognition, Hand Eye Coordination

I love this activity because:

  • It’s important for children to learn the alphabet.
  • It helps them recognize letters.
  • You can even spell out words by pointing to the letters used to create a word in the correct sequence.
  • It’s a great activity for hand-eye coordination.

outdoor summer learning

5. Going “Freestyle” With Your Chalk For Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, To Express Creativity

Art is important. Allowing a child to express their creativity will help boost their confidence and helps strengthen the right side of the brain, what I like to call the “creative” side. (I’m left-handed, so my right side of the brain is stronger. I’ve always been a more creative person myself.)

It’s important to exercise and teach kids about the right part of the brain just as much as the left, especially when the right part of the brain is the home of a person’s emotions.

summer learning

What are your top summer activities as a mom? Feel free to share below!

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-Holly, the imperfect momma, and mom blogger.

The Christian Working Mom Blog

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