15 Homeschool Activities for 4 Year Olds

Are you looking for exciting and enlightening homeschool activities tailored specifically for 4-year-olds? Well, you’re in luck! I’ve gathered an amazing assortment of preschool activities just for you. These activities are not only designed to captivate your little ones’ curiosity but also guarantee a fun-filled learning experience. Incorporating these homeschool activities into your routine is a great way to create an environment that nurtures their early educational journey. Get ready for a fun way to embark on a delightful and educational adventure!

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15 Homeschool Activities for 4 Year Olds

Get ready for a fun way to embark on a delightful and educational adventure!

 

Should I homeschool my 4 year old?

One of the biggest questions I get is “What age should we start homeschooling our children?” While I always lead with, “It’s totally up to you!” I must also include that young children are learning all of the time. And when it comes to children as young as 4 years old, this is most certainly the case. Whether your young kids are engaged in hands-on activities, a picture book, time at the local library, play-based learning, a field trip to the grocery store, or a nature walk, they are continuously learning. Another thing to keep in mind is your state’s homeschooling laws. Most states do not require compulsory education until 6 years of age, so there is plenty of time to plan for educational activities and the legal aspects of becoming a homeschooling family.

How to Homeschool a 4 Year Old

Once you’ve decided to homeschool your toddler, it’s a great idea to also do the following:

  • Create a loose daily schedule that includes structured learning time(s).

  • Gather resources to use that accommodate your child’s learning style (which can change over time).

  • Write down (or find pre-made) homeschool curriculum with lesson plans to stay organized with what your child is learning.

In addition to the aforementioned, you can also write down specific things you want your child to learn. One quick Google search will give you lists upon lists of concepts that are age appropriate for 4 year olds. I’ve included some below.

Age-Appropriate Concepts for 4 Year Olds to Learn

Below is a quick to-do list of concepts most 4 years olds can begin learning:

  • Recognizing, tracing, and independently writing letters

  • Learning consonant and vowel sounds

  • Sight words and beginner CVC words

  • Basic shapes

  • Counting (basic adding and subtracting)

  • Telling time

  • Tracing, cutting, and pasting

  • Patterns and sequences

  • Gross and fine motor skills

  • Biblical concepts (character, virtues, etc)

With the concepts above in mind, here’s a list of homeschool activities you can do with your toddler that will help introduce concepts as well as reinforce what they are learning.

Activities for Learning Letters and Letter Sounds

  • Use alphabet flashcards. Be sure to teach both upper and lowercase letters and their sounds.

  • Upper and lowercase alphabet matching with magnetic letters.

  • Write letters in sand, sugar, or flour.

  • Sing ABC songs.

Activities for Learning Numbers and Number Concepts

  • Use number flashcards to introduce numbers.

  • Count and sort objects using math manipulatives such as mini teddy bears, foam balls, rocks, and the like.

  • Play number games.

Activities for Large & Small Motor Skills

  • Practice cutting out shapes and pasting them to create pictures. 

  • Create art projects. Color pictures and try to stay in the lines.

  • Learn how to tie shoes.

  • Include physical movements such as dancing to songs or workouts to help improve hand-eye coordination.

  • Stack blocks and use them to create things and encourage imaginative play.

Activities to Teach Biblical Concepts

  • Use sequence cards to teach biblical events.

  • Kids journals can be used for writing down Scriptures.

  • Scripture copywork books can help with learning about the Bible and help with handwriting practice.

Resources to Use for Homeschool Activities for 4 Year Olds

Now that we’ve talked about concepts to teach and activities you can do with your 4 year old, let’s take a quick look at resources that can be used to help with your teaching (and their learning).

The most commonly used resources for young learners include practical life skills, books, board games, flashcards, free printables, crayons, blocks, and a variety of manipulatives. You can’t go wrong by using things that keep your toddler engaged and encourage a love of learning in them. You’ll want to be on the lookout for when they lose interest or seem frustrated.

While you can find workbooks and activity books for younger kids this age, do not feel obligated to use them. The early years are a perfect time to grow their character through daily lessons. My character curriculum has different activities that you can use to easily teach character from a biblical perspective. You may also enjoy my free ABC Bible Memory Verse Cards.

Final Thoughts On Homeschool Activities for 4 Year Olds

Teaching your 4 year old can be lots of fun and should never be stressful. Use my best tips, suggestions, and great resources to take the guesswork out of how to do it and get started with grace and ease. I’d love to hear from you. Are you homeschooling little learners? Let me know in the comments below.

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