In my opinion, a preschooler’s most important job is to play. Whether they are pretending to cook you dinner, working on art projects, or engrossed in a complicated fantasy world, they are having fun in a way that is so incredibly beneficial to their development. In all honesty, I think a rich imagination is a more valuable asset than any easily measured academic skill. A child who is “behind” on reading can always catch up with time and the right motivation. I have a hard time believing that a child who doesn’t know how to create their own fun can grow into a happy adult.
Below are some of the activities and ideas our family has used to provide homemade fun for preschoolers. They may learn a thing or two in the process that will be useful in school, but at this age, that is a nice side benefit as opposed to the primary goal.