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Sometimes, young children prefer to work individually, solving problems on their own. Often, two or three will work with puzzles or other materials side by side, at a table or on the floor. Later in their preschool years, they develop an interest in playing games, so taking turns and sharing take center stage.
Select a wide variety of items to extend children's diverse thinking styles and levels. Rotate items often. Store games and puzzles on low, open shelves so children can find what they need and return it when finished. Picture labels and puzzle racks help them locate the spot. Keep loose pieces in clear, plastic containers.
Observe what children are interested in, know, and can do. Use this information to plan curriculum and select classroom materials. If an older preschool child is struggling to fit little pegs into holes, find a game with somewhat larger pegs and holes to master first. Serve finger foods for snacks. Have a treasure hunt in the sandbox.
Close adult supervision is required to ensure safety of young children. Projects with small parts and scissors with metal blades are for children ages 4 and older.