Kindergarten Preparedness Activities

Preparing for kindergarten IS fun and games. The activities and information on this page are provided by trusted ARISE kindergarten preparedness strategic action team member, Best Beginnings. They are searchable and categorized by the learning goal they’re meant to help strengthen in your three to four year old. Each month we focus on a new goal, featuring activities, events and links to support your family as you and your child prepare for kindergarten.

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Alpha Bags

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Book Factory

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Wordplay

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Favorite Ice Cream Graph

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Favorite Ice Cream Graph

 

48-54 mos., Sorts classifies and organizes

48-54 mos.Best BeginningsJuneSorts classifies and organizes objects

Animal Habitat Sorting

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Animal Habitat Sorting

 

48-54 mos., Sorts classifies and organizes

Best BeginningsJuneSorts classifies and organizes objects

Lacing Through Swiss Cheese

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Lacing Through Swiss Cheese

 

42-48 mos., Small motor muscles

AprilBest Beginningsfine motor skillsSmall motor skills

Cool Painting Tools

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Cool Painting Tools

 

42-48 mos., Small motor muscles

AprilBest BeginningsSmall motor skills

Tell Me About It!

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Mold Gardens

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Mold Gardens

 

54-60 mos., Sustains attention and persists

54-60 mos.attentionBest BeginningsFebruarypersistence

Think, Think, Think

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Think, Think, Think

 

48-54 mos., Sustains attention and persists

48-53 mos.attentionBest BeginningsFebruarypersistence

Carrot Top

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Carrot Top

 

42-48 mos., Sustains attention and persists

42-48 mos.attentionBest BeginningsFebruarypersistence

Loon Necklaces

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Loon Necklaces

 

54-60 mos., Uses receptive language skills

54-60 mos.Best BeginningsDecemberUses receptive language skills

Jumping Jack Syllables

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Jumping Jack Syllables

 

54-60 mos., Uses receptive language skills

54-60 mos.Best BeginningsDecemberUses receptive language skills

ADP Classroom Recording Form

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ADP Classroom Recording Form

 

ADP

Fossil Detective

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Fossil Detective

 

42-48 mos., Shows curiosity and interest in learning

42-48 mos.Best BeginningsJanuaryShows curiosity and interest

I Can Help

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I Can Help

 

42-48 mos., Regulates feelings and impulses

42-48 mos.Best BeginningsNovemberRegulates their feelings and impulsesSEL

Basketball Game

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Basketball Game

 

42-48 mos., Large motor muscles

42-48 mos.Best BeginningsOctoberStrength and coordination of large motor muscles

Name Game

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Name Game

 

42-48 mos., Demonstrates print concepts letters and symbols, July, letters and symbols, Phonological awareness

42-48 mos.Best BeginningsDemonstrates phonological awarenessDemonstrates print conceptsJulyletters and symbolsMayName Game

Rhyme Detectives

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Rhyme Detectives

 

42-48 mos., Phonological awareness, Uses receptive language skills

42-48 mos.Best BeginningsDecemberDemonstrates phonological awarenessMayUses receptive language skills

My Favorite Things Quilt

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My Favorite Things Quilt

 

36-42 mos., Participates positively in group activities

Best BeginningsParticipates positively in group activitiesSELSeptember 2017

My Hands Can Say

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My Hands Can Say

 

36-42 mos., Participates positively in group activities

Best BeginningsParticipates positively in group activitiesSeptember 2017

Lotto Games

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Lotto Games

 

36-42 mos., Sorts classifies and organizes

Best BeginningsJuneSorts classifies and organizes objects

Sink or Float

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Sink or Float

 

36-42 mos., Sorts classifies and organizes

Best BeginningsJuneSorts classifies and organizes objects

Colorful Nature Collages

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Colorful Nature Collages

 

36-42 mos., Sorts classifies and organizes

Best BeginningsJuneSorts classifies and organizes objects

Clap A Name

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Clap A Name

 

36-42 mos., Phonological awareness, Uses expressive language skills

Best BeginningsDemonstrates phonological awarenessMarchMayUses expressive language skills

Polka Dot Flowers

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Polka Dot Flowers

 

36-42 mos., Small motor muscles

AprilBest BeginningsStrength and coordination of small motor muscles

How Does It Feel?

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How Does It Feel?

 

36-42 mos., Uses expressive language skills

Best BeginningsMarchUses expressive language skills

Touchy Feely Box

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Touchy Feely Box

 

36-42 mos., Shows curiosity and interest in learning

Best BeginningsJanuaryShows curiosity and interest

Tissue Paper Collages

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Tissue Paper Collages

 

36-42 mos., Shows curiosity and interest in learning

Best BeginningsJanuaryShows curiosity and interest

Free Exploration

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Free Exploration

 

36-42 mos., Shows curiosity and interest in learning

Best BeginningsJanuaryShows curiosity and interest

Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

 

36-42 mos., Uses receptive language skills

Best BeginningsDecemberUses receptive language skills

Mad Face, Scary Face

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Mad Face, Scary Face

 

36-42 mos., Regulates feelings and impulses

Best BeginningsNovemberRegulates their feelings and impulsesSEL

Jump the River

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Jump the River

 

36-42 mos., Large motor muscles

Best BeginningsOctoberStrength and coordination of large motor muscles

Bowling Game

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Bowling Game

 

36-42 mos., Large motor muscles

Best BeginningsOctoberStrength and coordination of large motor muscles


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An initiative of the ARISE kindergarten preparedness strategic action team (SAT). Members: Anchorage Public Library, Anchorage School District, ARISE, ARISE Parents, Best Beginnings, CITC/Child & Family Services Division, CITC/Early Head Start, RurAL CAP/Parents As Teachers (PAT), Southcentral Foundation, thread