Children's Activity Ideas 3-4 Years

Courtesy: Toddler Town

Earth Cookies

Resources Needed:

  • Cookie dough mix
  • Blue food colouring
  • Green food colouring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Oven
  • Baking Tray

Instructions:

This is a great activity to enable children to get involved in cooking. The activity is very simple as you can buy ready made cookie dough or you can make your own from scratch.

All you have to do is mix up the ingredients or place the ready made dough into two bowls. You can then add in a few drops of food colouring until you get the colour you want.

You need to make two batches of green dough and one batch of blue dough. Put the dough next to each other in one bowl and pull pieces of each dough out, you then need to roll them together into a ball.

 Once the dough was combined bake the cookies according to the box directions, let them cool and enjoy!

Name Art

Resources Needed:

  • Black card or Paper (A3/A4)
  • Different coloured paper/ or pre cut coloured shapes
  • Glue stick or PVA glue
  • White Chalk or Silver Marker
  • Scissors

 Instructions:

 This activity is very simple but very effective in helping your child to recongise the letters in their name and how they are formed. It also helps them to develop their fine motor skills which will help their pre writing skills.

 Simply write their name on the black card with either chalk or a silver marker pen. You can choose whether to write it on A4 or A3 card depending on how hard you wish to make the activity for your child.

Then either purchase pre cut squares of different colours or cut your coloured paper into small square shapes. Next, your child should stick the squares onto the writing on the paper, ensuring to follow the lines.

 You can also do this with other words and use a wide range of resources such as stickers, sequins, pom poms etc.

My UAE Camel

Resources Needed:

  • Egg box
  • Scissors
  • Spring wires / pipecleaners (orange or brown)
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Brown Paint
  • Brown Card

 Instructions:

Take your egg box and cut two egg holes. If your egg box is not brown colour, you can paint it brown. Once it has been painted, leave it on the side to dry.

Using the brown card paper, cut out the camels head, neck and the tail. If you don’t have brown paper, you can paint it brown and then cut it out once it has dried.

 Using a black pen, draw on the camel’s eyes and mouth. Stick on the head and the tail onto the egg box.

Using the wire, twist it around your finger to create the spring. Then stick them onto the bottom of the egg box for the camel’s legs.

Leave to dry for a while before you play with your new camel!

My Yellow Snake

Resources Needed:

  • Paper plate
  • Yellow paint
  • Paint brush
  • Shiny silver paper
  • Red paper
  • Google eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

Begin by painting the paper plate yellow. Once it has dried, cut the plate like a snake (as shown in the image).

Using the shiny silver paper, cut out a few triangles. Then using the glue, stick them all over the snake. Using the red paper, cut out a small snake-like tongue. Stick it on the mouth area of the snake and stick on your googly eyes too.

Leave the snake to dry for some time.

Colour Mixing Exploration Activity

 Resources Needed:

  • Milk
  • Shallow dish
  • Food colouring
  • Cotton buds (Q-tips)
  • Dish soap in a small bowl

Instructions:

This activity is very simple and requires little time to set up. Follow the steps below to begin exploring.

  1. Pour some milk into the shallow dish.
  2. Add approximately 5-6 drops of different coloured food colouring to different sections of the dish.
  3. Prepare the liquid dish soap in a separate small bowl, adding a small amount of water. Mix it with the end of the cotton bud.
  4. Place the soap soaked cotton bud into the centre of the of the milk dish. The food colouring will begin to swirl and move around the plate once the dish soap soaked cotton bud is added.

You can extend the learning by experimenting with different types of milk, such as soy milk, coconut milk, or chocolate milk.

You can also learn about mixing colours – add only red and blue food colouring to make purple, yellow and blue to make green and red and yellow to make orange. The swirling effect mixes the colours together making a new colour.