Rea is super helpful in our house and she really does do her best to follow directions most of the time, but sometimes when I’m giving her directions she looks at me like I’m talking in a foreign language. For example, the other day there was a sock on the floor by the couch, I asked her to pick it up, gave her directions about where the socks and she just continued to look at me in complete bewilderment. So, we will be working on our directionality terms such as above, below, next to, on top of, etc. with a fun scavenger hunt so we can keep the learning fun. 

This preschool activity will work on three skills: gross motor, following directions, and directionality vocabulary.

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Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Can identify all capital letters and some sounds (J)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Can identify all capital letters and most sounds (J)

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Alien Hunt


Step #1

Print cut out the Alien Hunt Template. 

Step #2

Hide the aliens in your house.

Step #3

Give your Lil’ directions or clues to find the aliens. You should focus on directionality vocabulary words such as over, under, near, far away from.

Step #4

Once your Lil’ has found an alien, move onto finding another one.

Teacher Tip

Try to really focus on just using verbal directions and not physically showing them where to go. If they’re really struggling, feel free to join in and help. You don’t want it to be frustrating, but on the next alien, try to use similar words and vocabulary when giving directions and clues to see if they have learned from your modeling.

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