3 Year Old Preschool Printables

3 Year Old Preschool Printables

What Are the Learning Stages in Preschool?

Learning in the early years, often referred to as early childhood education, is a crucial period of development that lays the foundation for a child's lifelong learning journey.

Early years education focuses on the holistic development of children, and teachers concentrate on all aspects of education. They pay attention to what children are interested in and design themes or projects that assist youngsters to broaden their knowledge and abilities in a variety of areas.

When children can draw connections across many content areas, they have a better comprehension of the subject.

Early Reading for Preschoolers:

Alphabet Recognition: Introduce preschoolers to the letters of the alphabet through songs, games, and visual aids. Help them recognize and name both uppercase and lowercase letters.

Phonemic Awareness: Engage children in activities that focus on the sounds of language, such as rhyming games, identifying the beginning sounds of words, and segmenting words into syllables or individual sounds.

Read-Alouds: Read to preschoolers regularly, exposing them to a variety of age-appropriate books. Encourage active engagement by asking questions, discussing the story, and making connections to their own experiences.

Letter Sounds: Teach the basic letter sounds (phonics) to preschoolers. Help them associate the sounds with corresponding letters to lay the foundation for early reading skills.

Early Writing for Preschoolers:

Pre-Writing Activities: Engage preschoolers in activities that develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, such as drawing shapes, tracing lines, and using manipulative tools like playdough or finger paint.

Name Writing: Help children learn to write their names. Begin with tracing and gradually guide them towards writing independently.

Letter Formation: Introduce proper letter formation through activities like finger tracing, sand or salt trays, or using dry-erase boards. Teach them how to form both uppercase and lowercase letters.

Drawing and Storytelling: Encourage preschoolers to draw and dictate stories. This promotes their creativity, language development, and early writing skills as they try to represent their ideas on paper.

Early Math for Preschoolers:

Counting: Teach preschoolers to count orally from 1 to 10 and gradually extend to higher numbers. Use objects, fingers, or visual aids to reinforce counting skills.

Number Recognition: Help children recognize and identify numerals. Use number charts, puzzles, or manipulatives like counting blocks or number cards.

Sorting and Classifying: Engage preschoolers in sorting objects by color, shape, size, or other attributes. This helps them understand and recognize patterns and relationships.

Patterns and Sequencing: Introduce simple patterns and sequences using objects or visuals. Encourage children to continue or replicate the patterns.

Early Science for Preschoolers:

Nature Exploration: Take preschoolers on nature walks or engage them in hands-on activities to explore plants, animals, weather, and the environment. Encourage observation, questioning, and discussion about their findings.

Sensory Experiences: Provide opportunities for children to engage their senses, such as through sensory bins, experiments with water and textures, or exploring objects with different properties (hard, soft, rough, smooth).

Basic Concepts: Introduce preschoolers to basic science concepts like gravity, magnetism, buoyancy, and basic life cycles. Use age-appropriate books, experiments, or visual aids to enhance their understanding.

Cause and Effect: Engage children in simple experiments or activities to explore cause-and-effect relationships. This helps them develop early scientific thinking and curiosity.

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What Do Kids Learn in Preschool?

Preschool is an important stage of early childhood education where children aged 3 to 5 years old learn and develop various skills in preparation for formal schooling. Here are some key areas of learning in preschool:

A. Social and Emotional Development:

  • Developing social skills like sharing, taking turns, and cooperating with others.
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Learning to express and manage emotions effectively.
  • Developing empathy and understanding others' feelings.

B. Language and Communication:

  • Expanding vocabulary through conversations, storytelling, and exposure to books.
  • Practicing listening and comprehension skills.
  • Learning to follow directions and participate in group discussions.
  • Developing early literacy skills like letter recognition and phonics awareness.

C. Cognitive Development:

  • Developing problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.
  • Developing basic math concepts like counting, sorting, and recognizing shapes and patterns.
  • Enhancing memory and attention span.
  • Exploring cause-and-effect relationships.
  • Developing scientific thinking through hands-on exploration.

D. Fine and Gross Motor Skills:

  • Refining fine motor skills through activities like coloring, cutting, and writing.
  • Developing hand-eye coordination through puzzles, building blocks, and manipulative toys.
  • Engaging in physical activities to develop gross motor skills, balance, and coordination.

E. Creativity and Expressive Arts:

  • Engaging in art activities like drawing, painting, and sculpting.
  • Exploring music, rhythm, and movement.
  • Encouraging imaginative play and storytelling.
  • Expressing creativity through dramatic play and dress-up.

F. Independence and Self-help Skills:

  • Developing self-help skills like dressing, feeding, and personal hygiene.
  • Learning to be responsible for personal belongings and tidying up.
  • Cultivating independence and decision-making abilities.

G. Social Studies and Cultural Awareness:

  • Acknowledged their surroundings and environment, such as diverse cultures, traditions, and customs.
  • Developing an understanding of community helpers, family, and basic geography.
  • Exploring concepts of fairness, kindness, and respect for diversity.

Preschool provides a nurturing environment where children learn through play, hands-on activities, and interaction with peers and teachers. The focus is on holistic development, fostering a love for learning, and preparing children for a smooth transition to formal education.

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Free Preschool Worksheets

The idea behind this website is to make a place where parents, teachers, and childcare professionals can download and print free educational resources for preschoolers. Preschool-aged children will benefit the most from the free printable worksheets on the site right now but we also plan on adding additional resources for younger kids.

Worksheets Cover English, Math, Activities, and General Learning

Our free worksheets are broken down into four main categories and cover different areas of early childhood education. The preschool English worksheets category includes spelling, reading, rhyming, phonics, and alphabet printables. They are designed for preschoolers’ cognitive and literacy development. The preschool activity worksheets category includes scissors practice, mazes, connect the dots, coloring, and tracing printables. They help children with developing fine motor skills and critical thinking ability. The preschool math worksheets category includes shapes, position and order, numbers, measurement, and counting printables. Children will become familiar with basic math skills. The preschool learning worksheets category includes weather, holiday, seasonal, colors, and telling time printables. They are a wonderful way for kids to learn the fundamental aspects of life. All of our free preschool worksheets can be downloaded in the PDF file format and then printed or you can print the worksheets directly in your browser.

Free to Use Anywhere including Preschools, Daycare Centers, Summer Camps, and at Home

One of the more common questions we get is “What are we allowed to do with the worksheets?”. You can do everything you want with our free daycare worksheets except sell them. Print as many as you want and make as many copies as you would like. You are also allowed to use our free worksheets anywhere, whether it be a preschool, summer camp, kindergarten, home, or a local daycare center. We want the worksheets we have created to be used by as many kids as possible.

These Preschool Printables are Different

Daycare worksheets cannot just be handed out and expected to be completed. A toddler who is two years old and a preschooler who is four years old learn differently than older children. Younger kids need to have different types of engagement in order to facilitate learning. Many of our preschool worksheets have more than one way they can be utilized. Teachers and parents can print a worksheet and then make learning game or activity out of it. Childcare professionals can also put together lesson plans using the free printables that can fit into a prekindergarten curriculum.

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Homework for three-year-olds? They’re too young to enter the rat race

Emma Brockes

I was an obedient child, and think kids should be stretched. But the amount of schoolwork my children get is unacceptable

B etween the hours of 6.30 and 7.15pm nightly, we sit down in my house to do homework. This has been a surprising addition to the schedule, given that my children aren’t yet four years old. More surprising has been my enormous hostility towards it; while my daughters happily apply themselves to reading and writing practice, I pace in the background, indignant that the tiny amount of time we have in the evening has been annexed by the New York City Department of Education.

What’s particularly weird about this is that I never had any objection to doing homework myself. I’m a fairly obedient person. If as a child I’d gone to a progressive school, I doubt I would have liked it, and I sometimes thank God no one thought of forest schools in the late 1970s. As an adult, I belong to a personality type that has never grown out of needing sharp deadlines to function, and I believe, somewhere in my core, that missing one means I will actually die.

Plus I approve, at least in theory, of stretching a child intellectually. But slogging through worksheets after having spent six hours in the classroom seems to me, at this age, absurd. I have always been suspicious of the idea that some children and not others qualify for the tag of “free spirit”, and before now would have scoffed at the idea that homework puts undue pressure on the child. Well, not any more. (There is another gripe relating to the total lack of accommodation for working parents, who don’t see their kids until after 6pm, when everyone is done in for the day. But that’s a separate issue.)

There is data to support my annoyance. In Finland , which routinely tops global education rankings, children only start school at seven – after years of state-funded nursery placements – and there is minimal homework, if any. Homework starts much later in many Manhattan private schools too, most of which work on a theory of play-based learning, only piling on the pressure when the kids hit third or fourth grade.

The city’s state schools, however, are horribly shackled to the timetable of standardised testing. The rat race starts so young in New York that both my kids have been tested for selective state primary schools and will sit more tests after Christmas. And already I’m done with it, eyeing the progressive schools, dreaming of moving to a small island where they can knit their own curriculum and learn to press flowers.

Instead, here we are, past bedtime on a Tuesday night, my daughters’ attention starting to wander while I beg them to do one more page and avoid a minus sign in the margins to indicate poor effort. After 15 minutes, they start losing interest and marking the wrong answers just to be enraging, and I find myself getting short with them. Welcome to the treadmill that will last roughly for ever.

And so I do something that makes even less sense than issuing homework in the first place. After they are in bed, their worksheets half done, I pick up a felt tip and, putting it in my left hand to increase authenticity, do a poor job of colouring in a picture of an ant. This is a one-off, I think; a stopgap until we can better manage our schedule. Who am I kidding?

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We’re Going On a Teddy Bear Hunt : We have a gorgeous book which comes with a CD that tells the story of the adventure of going on a bear hunt. My kids have played this CD over many times as I watch them pretend to walk through long, wavy grass and run away from a bear. So I thought I would bring this story to life some more by creating the different scenes in the book. Read more…..

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Play Dough – Bottle Tops and Straws: It is always fun to watch and see what kids will come up with when you give them simple props to promote play in an open-ended and unstructured way.

Here I have set up our activity table with play dough, bottle tops and straws to inspire the imagination and creativity. Read more….

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Number Play Dough : We had so much fun making numbers with our Orange Scented Play Dough . It is a fun activity to introduce or reinforce learning about numbers for kids and develop an understanding of ‘how many’ to make a number. Free printable number play dough mats. Read more…..

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How to make Hanging Crystals?: Stalactites and stalagmites are formed in caves by water dripping or flowing from fractures on the roof of the cave. To try and imitate this we set up an experiment to grow salt crystals hanging from a string of wool. Read more…..

Sponge painting with kids and toddlers

Invitation to Play with Paint & Sponges : Setting up an invitation to play with paint and cut up sponge pieces. It is always interesting to see the difference each child thinks creatively as they explore the paint and sponge pieces. Read more…..

rainbow activities for kids, preschoolers, kinders and toddlers

Rainbow Collage : Adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to create a rainbow collage! Read more…..

how to make chocolate play dough

Chocolate Play Dough: This Chocolate Play Dough really looks and smells just like the real thing! YUM!! This play dough is great for an Easter Theme Activity! Read more…..

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Sorting Buttons : Buttons are amazing as there are so many different shapes, sizes, colours, materials and styles. Kids love to run their hands through buttons, sort through them and explore the differences. Buttons are a great sensory toy and are also great to assist in learning about colours. Read more…..

Ideas for using ice for sensory play and science

Ice Boats : Water and ice are great for sensory play with kids as it engages children into a world of exploration and wonder. To make our water and ice sensory play experience a little more fun we turned the ice blocks into boats with a few simple materials. Read more…..

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Marble Painting : Create some fun masterpieces with paint and marbles. Rolling marbles through paint on top of a sheet of paper creates some fun and interesting patterns. Read more……

where is the green sheep activities

Where is the Green Sheep? Extending the learning from the wonderful book for toddlers written by Mem Fox and making our very own Green Sheep Puppet!! Read more…..

simple homemade musical instruments for kids

Tin Can Music Makers : Make some homemade Tin Can Music Makers with your toddler to shake and play with as they bop along to their favourite songs. Read more…..

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Imaginative Play Ice Cream Shop : The fun and joy of exploring the imaginary world of an ice cream shop.

Today I am sharing some ideas for setting up an imaginative play ice cream shop. My girls had so much fun with this (and Dad) and took part in adding their own ideas of what they thought an Ice Cream Shop should have. Read more…..

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Giant Drawing: A giant drawing is an over sized piece of paper that is stuck down using sticky tape. Over a period of days the drawing grows and develops, sometimes a bit of a theme or story grows with it. Read more…..

colour activities for kids

Coloured Felt Ice Creams : This is such a fun hands on activity for kids to promote the learning of colours while playing creatively and making felt ice creams. This activity involves kids to creatively stack coloured felt ice cream on top of felt cones and then label the colours with Velcro cards. Read on to find out more and print your own! Read more…..

things to make with cardboard tubes or toilet rolls

Little Toilet Roll People : Making these little characters is so much fun as they can be brought to life in imaginative play games. They are so simple to make and are made out recycled materials that you will find around the home. Read more…..

how to make a sock puppet

Sock Puppet : Creating a character or a new friend out of a sock brings hours of fun for kids. It’s fun for kids to make their own sock puppet and then the enjoyment of bringing it to life in their imaginative games. Read more…..

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Sorting Coloured Bottle Tops : Sorting bottle tops into groups according to colour using paper plates to group them. Read more…..

painting with cars

Painting with Toy Cars : Rolling toy cars into paint and creating pictures with the patterns transferred from the wheels. Read more…..

imagaintive play cupcakes

Mini Pompom Cupcakes : Mini cupcakes are a simple, colourful and creative craft activity for kids! There are so many fun games and imaginative play times to be had with them. Read more…..

Alphabet activities for kids

Stand Up Alphabet : The Stand Up Alphabet is one of my favourite activities here on learning4kids! Once you have made your own set, you can use them for a range of literacy activities Read more…..

simple number activities for kids

Counting Octopus: Octopus Counting is a fun and creative way to introduce numbers, learn to count, or for the older kids skip counting. Read more…..

alphabet activities for kids

Alphabet Archaeologist : Taking on the role of an archaeologist looking for artifacts and bones in the sand or in this case searching for alphabet letters. It is a great activity to promote the learning of letter names and the sounds that they make. Read more…..

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Imaginative Play Baker’s Shop : Imaginative play bakers shop was inspired by our mini cupcakes which we made previously. They make a brilliant prop to encourage the imaginary world in a bakers shop. Read more…..

How to make a foaming monster

How to make a Foaming Monster?: Why does it bubble? The reaction between the vinegar and bicarb soda makes carbon dioxide, which causes tiny bubbles to form. Why does it come out its mouth? The dish liquid mixed with the vinegar/bicarb combination causes a reaction that makes the foam pour out of the monster’s mouth. Read more…..

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I do this with my girls after school even thought they are older. There is nothing more educational then hands on interactive games. I modify playing for different skills but kids like having fun. I like whey they are happy and they like to learn. It is a win-win situation.

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Thanks so much for well written, well explained activities. I do activities with my grandkids in the USA (I am South African however) and love your ideas (and seeing things named as I knew them growing up!!)

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