18 Essential Activities to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Updated by Cratejoy Editor

The first day of preschool is an important and momentous event. Like all major milestones, it can also provoke a great deal of anxiety – both for children and for parents, especially first-time parents. Suddenly, all the nurturing, loving, and teaching that you’ve been performing at home are colliding with the brand-new structure of a daycare or preschool classroom, and with the parenting styles of all your child’s new classmates.

Fortunately, there are more resources available than ever to help busy parents make sure their little ones shine on the first day of preschool. Here are 18 simple, fun activities you can do at home to help your kiddo meet their developmental milestones, handle separation anxiety like a champ, and make new friends on the big day.

Gently introduce your child to the school environment

Some parents start talking up preschool to their kiddos months in advance – but for some children, the prolonged anticipation can transform into anxiety or dread. Introduce the idea of preschool gently with these activities.

1. Read stories about preschool

Introduce your little one to the idea of school by reading books together that take place in school. As the big day approaches, draw on the stories of their beloved characters to allay their fears and provide role models for success.

18. Lastly, Relax!

You got this! Go enjoy your time with your little ones before their big day!