These preschool activities for 4 year olds are a great combination of real life activities, science activities, and art activities while having fun in nature!

Looking for more ideas? These activities for 3 year olds are part of a series I’m doing with Carly from Mindful Education to share kids activities for toddlers and preschool aged kids. Carly loves being able to support each unique child to be fully themselves. Using your child’s interests, she creates “learning plans” which consist of 10 activities and songs to help build your little one’s knowledge, creativity, and skill level. She’s created this list of 3 fun activities based off favourites of the children she has worked with. You can check out her website to learn more about Carly and all of her services.

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Fun Activities for 4 Year Olds

Activity #1: Laundry

When making a learning plan, the activities will be more connected/ related to a child’s specific interest. Because I don’t have a child in mind while writing out these ideas, I’m just sharing some of my favourites!

Children love to imitate what they see adults doing. This is a huge part of how they learn. This laundry activity is sorry fun to do outside!

1. Get a bin of soapy water and a bin of clean water
2. Put a pile of laundry next to the soapy water
3. Set up a clothes line (tie a string between two trees?)
4. Put out some clothes pins

Their own little laundry station! How exciting is that! They can wash, rinse, and hang the clothes up to dry! (The goal of this is not to actually get clean laundry, it’s for them to have an experience;)

Activity #2: Volcano

This is a fun one if you have a sandbox. The setup can be done with or without your kiddo (I prefer with).

1. Get a cup/ small container
2. Get an empty paper towel roll, make a few little cuts up the bottom, so you can easily tape it down into the container
3. Put baking soda in it
4. Bring it out to the sandbox, build a volcano shape around it
5. Pour in vinegar! (+Red food colouring if desired)

It’s always fun to bring out the dinosaurs with this activity as well!

Activity #3

Nature Collage

1. Get a bucket/cup and head out for a nature walk! My favorite places to go are the forest and the beach, but anywhere will work!
2. Collect items with your kiddo (remember to be respectful of the environment, don’t take too much from nature, and have conversations about how everything is there for a reason!)
3. Lay everything out nicely on a table or a tray when back at home
4. Put out some paper and liquid glue with a paint brush/glue spreader
5. Watch them create a masterpiece!

Throughout the experience, they will figure out which items stick to the paper easily, which items are too heavy, how much glue they need to use, etc. Try not to discourage them from picking items that likely won’t stick (like rocks), it’s much more meaningful when they can learn on their own! It is useful to be there with them and talk about it, “hmm I notice the rock isn’t sticking to the paper. I wonder why that is?” Allow them to make guesses as to why it’s not working, and to use their problem solving skills!

A big thank you to Carly for putting together these activites for 4 year olds for us. Not only does she love creating these learning plans, but she also supports parents with behavioural management and meal planning which you can learn about here.

These activities for 4 year olds all sound like so much fun and I can’t wait to try them out as our kids get a bit older! Make sure to follow along on stories on social media @JannineMacKinnon for more kids activities and family recipe ideas!

xo Jannine