Morning Activities For Four Year Olds

Turn routine activities at the beginning of your child’s day into learning moments.

Are you looking for fun activities to do with your four-year-old at home? Our team of early childhood curriculum experts thoughtfully curated these activities from our proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum to help your family Learn On® at home. Whether it’s during mealtime, playtime, clean up time, bath time or bedtime – our at-home curriculum is built so you can easily integrate learning opportunities in seamless, easy and fun ways.

“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”

Level of instruction: Moderate

When: Bedtime, Outdoors, Playtime, Getting Ready for the Day

Time recommendation: 10 minutes

Participants: One-on-one, Siblings

Learning Domain: Physical Development

Learning Standards: Engages in physical fitness activity, Combines movement for gross motor skill development

Materials:
Jump ropes, teddy bears, large open space, lyrics to the rhyme, large piece of paper, marker

Instructions

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, look over there.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight.

Write the words to the rhyme on a large piece of paper. Read through the words with your child as you point to each one. Ask your child to tell you the rhyming words as you read. Underline the rhyming words with a different color marker. Explain to your child that some people say rhymes as they jump rope. The rhythm of the rhyme helps them to know how to coordinate their movements to successfully jump over the rope. “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear” can be used as a jump rope rhyme.

Take your child outdoors or to a large open space. Ask your child to demonstrate how to use a jump rope. If he or she is not able, you may need to demonstrate how to jump rope. If your child is unable to perform the task, tell him or her to lay the jump rope on the ground in a straight line. Encourage your child to jump over the rope instead.

Recite the rhyme as your child jumps rope. Invite him or her to perform each task that is mentioned in the rhyme. For example, he or she will jump over the rope and then turn around in a circle. Then he or she will jump over the rope and touch the ground.

Observe if your child moves with balance and coordination. Is your child able to identify the rhyming words?


Grow Like a Plant

Level of instruction: Easy

When: Getting ready for the day, Outdoor, Bedtime, Playtime

Time recommendation: 15 minutes

Participants: One-on-one

Learning Domain: Physical Development

Learning Standards: Moves with balance, control and coordination

Materials: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (or search for an online version of the story)

Instructions

Read the story, The Tiny Seed. Talk about the steps the seed took to grow into a plant. Invite your child to pretend to grow like a plant. Encourage your child to crouch down low to be a seed. Invite him or her to act out the seed’s story as you describe its transformation into a plant. Pretend to sprinkle rain water on your child and blow air to represent the wind.

What movements does your child choose to do to demonstrate the different parts of the story?

Looking for more activities for you and your four-year-old?

  • Playtime: Make sure your child’s time spent playing is filled with opportunities to learn.
  • Mealtime: Learning can happen at any time – even while eating.
  • Quiet time: Encouraging low-key activities during quiet time helps children develop independent play skills.

Or return to the Life Essentials® At Home page to find activities to explore with other age groups.