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Day 98: Cognitive Development Activities

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for UniversalPreschool.com.

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Cognitive Development Activities ~

So, what are some of the activities that correlate with the cognitive developmental stage of 2-5 year olds? A typical course of study designed for preschoolers suggests concepts that educators think children ages 2-5 should learn.

What follows is an adapted listing of the World Book Encyclopedia’s Typical Course of Study for Preschoolers.

It suggests the key concepts to help children understand during the preschool years.

Activities should help the preschooler to:

Understand Size:

  • Big and little.
  • Long and short.
  • Match objects based on size.

Identify Colors and Shapes:

  • Recognize and name primary colors – red, yellow, blue, green, white, black.
  • Recognize and identify circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles.
  • Match objects based on shape.
  • Copy a shape on paper.

Identify Numbers & Count:

  • Recognize numbers from 1-10.
  • Count to ten.
  • Count objects in one-to-one correspondence.
  • Understands more and less.

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