Time for our weekly Playful Preschool Series . This week we are exploring lots of activities to do with balls.
Playing in general is a wonderful way to develop language skills. We are excited to show you a language activity that works on learning about prepositions.
Ball and Magna Tile Language Play
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Why We Chose This Language Activity
My 3 year-old’s favorite toy is Magna Tiles. They are a bit of an investment but one I’m so glad we made. Both of my kids play with them on a daily basis. I love to listen to them describe their creations and problem solve when something doesn’t work quite the way they want it to.
To add a new dynamic to the mix one day, I set out a tray of small balls for them to incorporate into their play.
Set-up for this play is super easy! You will need a set of Magna Tilesand a collection of small balls.
I let the boys just explore for a bit with the tiles and balls. Then, I told them that I had some challenges for them. They were pretty excited!
I said, “One ball needs to fit inside a box. Can you build a box for one ball?” They quickly began building boxes with the tiles. My youngest preschooler enjoying seeing how many balls he could fit inside the box.
Then I said, “A ball wants to travel over a bridge. Can you build a bridge for the ball?” My 4 year-old enjoyed trying to make a trestle bridge.
The boys played for over an hour with this activity.
Here are some more challenge suggestions.
Place two balls under a bridge.
Build two boxes. Place a ball between the houses.
Build a fence with tiles. Place a ball behind the fence.
Roll a ball down a ramp.
This activity is a great way to develop language skills with your preschoolers.
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