30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

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INSIDE: 30+ hands-on, playful and fun kindergarten activities. Check out this amazing list of learning activities for kids 5 to 7 years old.

Hands-On Learning For Kindergarten

Play is essential for kids to learning even for older children aged 5 to 7 (in fact, I would incorporate elements of play in learning for kids even older than 7 but that’s just me!).

In this post I focus on learning activities including literacy and math but in a fun play-based manner that is aligned with how children at this age learn. If you have a 5 to 7 year old you know that they need to move and their imaginations are still incredibly vivid. To help keep them engaged incorporating play into their learning activities will go a long way.

Other Kindergarten Activities

If you are looking to improve your kindergartners fine motor skills check out this post: 100+ Fine Motor Skill Activities.

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If you are looking for more fun ideas to to with 5 and 6 year olds, check out this post of 55+ Easy Activities for 5 Year Olds. You will find fun arts and crafts, sensory play ideas along with tons of fine motor ideas as well.

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30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

Kindergarten Literacy Activities

Shaving Cream Sight Word Game – write sight words

Ocean Sight Word Sensory Bin – find and build sight words

Dot Sticker Sight Words – match sight words

Post-it Memory Game – remember and math sight words

Sticker Decoding CVC Word Activity – practice letter sounds and making CVC words

Painting Writing Tray – write sight words, name or sight words

Phonics Boards – make CVC words

Alphabet Zoo – initial letter sound matching

CVC Tree Words – make CVC words

CVC Hearts – make CVC words

Sight Word Sticky Wall – make sight words on a sticky wall using contact paper. Find contact paper here and learn how to put up sticky wall here.

30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

Kindergarten Math Activities

 DIY Post-It Dominoes – count and match values

Colour by Addition – Parents write simple addition or subtraction problems in each section of a colouring paper. Then create a key idenifitin which colour each answer should be. For instance if the answer is 3 then colour that second red.

30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

Ice Cream Skip Counting Sticky Wall – Supplies: contact paper, masking tape, foam sheets, scissors and black sharpie. 

Build A Magnetic Tile Clock – use magnetic tiles to make a giant clock. Use post it notes for the numbers or washable chalk markers.

30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

Telling Time Sticky Wall – practice telling time

Rubber Duck Math Race – practice counting

DIY Egg Carton Ten-Frame Game – practice counting

Magnetic Tile Ten Frame Game – practice counting

Ten Frame Sensory Bag – practice counting

One More One Less with Dot Stickers – count one more/less

Mystery Math: A Crayon Resist Activity – practice addition

Toilet Paper Roll Skip Counting – skip counting using rings make out of paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls and masking tape.

30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

Piggy Bank Coin Sort – sort coins

Coin Sorting Sticky Wall – sort coins

Greater than Less Monster – identify the greater/lesser number using tongs as monsters that eat the greater number.

Heart Symmetry Math – symmetry drawing and counting

100 Counting Box: An Easy Math Activity for Kids – counting to 100 by 10s

Squeeze Pouch Lid Patterns – make patterns

Rocket Ship Patterns – pattern making

Star Counting – sort the simple math problems on written stars to the correct number written on a black construction paper.

Age Suitability

This activity is great for kindergartners 5, 6 and 7 years old.

Skills Developed

This Homemade Ice Cream recipe is great for developing the following skills:

  • Gross motor skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Math skills


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  • Pool Noodles
  • String or twine
  • Funnels
  • Buckets
  • Bowls
  • Large Measuring Cups or a small jug


30+ Play-Based Learning Kindergarten Activities

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