200+ Best Preschool Themes
Preschool Themes are one of our favorite ways of teaching.
Preschool lesson plans allow for children to become fully engaged in what they are learning.
Play based learning is why I love teaching.
Not only are littles learning but they’re having FUN while learning.
Basing a theme around a certain season or month of the year allows for little learners to associate that lesson or theme to their world.
By basing a theme on the world that they live in, they retain knowledge much better and learn in a more effective way.
Save time with Year Round Thematic Units (Tap Below)
These themes can be used in a preschool classroom alongside any preschool curriculum.
They can also be used if you are homeschooling or even as a bonus just for fun.
We love bringing these fun preschool themes everywhere we go.
The beauty about these theme units is that we can take them with us and use them:
while on vacation
while waiting at a restaurant
in a bus
on a train
on the road
The possibilities are endless.
I’ll be sharing so many activities throughout and towards the bottom of this post so that you can have a fun-filled year with your preschoolers. 🙂
Effective Ways of Teaching for the Preschool Years
The great thing about the themed unit plans is that they can work alongside:
your favorite curriculum
a preschool book
fun activities (STEM, sensory play, fun projects)
We usually take a vacation to the library every week.
There is a special assigned location in our library that separates the books for that current season or holiday amongst all of the children’s books in the library.
We’ll take a trip to that small area and pick out books for the current month.
For example, if it is Christmas, we’ll bring home Christmas themed books and read these alongside our Christmas thematic unit.
This is a great way to teach a weekly theme alongside different themed books or play ideas (holiday themes: sensory bins, art projects, dramatic play).
We’ll work on those specific library books, any play activities and out fun hands on Preschool Themed sheets for the entire month.
This will allow for making our preschool lessons fun and engaging and students/children not only are learning, they’re having FUN learning and engaging with the activities.
The Best List of Preschool Themes
Themes that are based on the months of the year make learning fun year round.
Winter Theme – A winter themed preschool printable that covers letter recognition, counting, shapes, colors, emotions and more with the penguins, snowman and mittens!
Valentine’s Day Theme – This is the coolest theme for learning to count with the pizza pepperonis, to match with the delicious desserts and a fun heart ten frame!
St. Patrick’s Day Theme – One of our favorite busy books PDF’s that is full of colors, shamrocks and pots of gold!
Easter Theme – I LOVE bringing forth this busy book PDF around April. We match the carrot shapes, create the easter basket and learn about emotions with the eggs!
Spring Theme – In this Spring PDF we go over the clothing items that are used around springtime, butterfly colors, and the cute chick shapes!
Ice Cream Theme – Create an ice cream with toppings, skip count and find the patterns in this super fun ice cream printable!
Summer Theme – Watermelon seeds that work on rhyming words, colorful shells and a sun to add rays to for counting! Count me in!
Earth Day Theme – Learn about the different items (plastic, paper..) that go into their correct corresponding bins, dig the seeds for learning about the alphabet and more!
Back to School Theme – Love crayons and school buses? In this amazing printable we include crayon color matching, school bus counting and more!
Fall Theme – Count the apples, dress up for Fall, and learn about emotions with the acorns in this fun Fall/Autumn printable!
Halloween Theme – Practice colors with the monsters, count the pumpkin seeds and learn about October in this fun printable!
Thanksgiving Theme – Match the pie shapes and learn about shape names, color recognition, emotions and more!
Christmas Theme – Learn some of the basic skills of early learning for preschoolers with the reindeers, Christmas trees, marshmallows and candy canes!
Preschool Activity Packs Bundle (Tap Below)
The Ultimate Preschool Theme Ideas
These popular preschool themes are amazing!
Let’s get into them..
Acorn Theme – We love bringing acorns around Autumn or Fall.
Here are some of our favorite Acorn Preschool themed books. Also, acorn activities, let’s go:
Squash and/or Acorn sensory bin
Fall Playdough Mats
Fall Lesson Plans (Acorn Emotion Matching Activity)
All About Me Theme – Do your littles love that song, “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes..”?
Younger children love learning about themselves and these are great:
Alphabet Theme – One of our favorite fun themes for young children are Alphabet Activities.
Our Preschool Activity Binder and Toddler Learning Folder include uppercase and lowercase letters for learning in a fun way.
Check out some of our favorite activities that incorporate learning letters:
Animal Theme -There are so many fun ways to learn about animals:
Apple Theme – Is it Fall or Autumn where you live? Bring on the apples!
Apple lesson plans are fun because you can work on:
Apple size sorting
Apple colors (green, red and yellow)
Epic apple sensory bin
Lots of apple activities
All in one Apple Preschool Printable
Arctic Theme – Ice activities are all over this fantastic theme. Here are some ideas:
Fun ice sensory bin
fine motor activity
ice painting craft.
Lots of winter free printables
And, our Winter Preschool Unit for this time of year!
Art Theme – Setting up an art activity in your preschool classroom is so much fun! Here are our favorite art activities for preschool:
Shaving Cream Art
Mess Free Painting
500+ Crafts for Kids
Autumn Theme – Get your preschool children to learn all about Fall and Autumn. Here are some of our favorite printables for when the leaves start falling:
Autumn/Fall Dot Marker Printable
Autumn/Fall Scavenger Hunt
Autumn Maze Cards
Autumn/Fall Preschool Lesson Plans
Ball Theme – Balls are the absolute funnest theme ever. What kid doesn’t love balls? Here is an epic Ball Painting Activity that we LOVE!
Even more ball activities and printables for preschool:
Balloon Theme – Balloons are one of those items (much like balls) that kids totally love! Some of our favorite balloon books:
Also, for a printable that incorporates balloons, check out:
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Beach Theme – What little doesn’t love playing in the sand?
This is the time of year to bring forth the Beach or an Ocean Theme Lesson Plan.
Bring the beach home by bringing out a sand sensory table. For a non messy idea here is our favorite Ocean Sensory bottle and Ocean theme sensory bag.
Bear Theme – Bear activities are a lot of fun!
Here’s a free bear coloring book printable we absolutely love for learning colors and more!
Learning about bears can include a bit of color recognition, letter recognition or a bit of geography and learning about the different countries or habitats certain animals such as bears or other animals live in.
Bee Bugs Theme – Learning about Bees and insects brings forth a lot of questions.
Easy science experiments and learning about the hard work they do to keep our flowers growing so beautifully and abundantly is amazing.
Here is a set of free activities and Bug Printables that have little bees in them for learning about counting for preschoolers!
Big to Small Theme – One of the preschool activities we love to bring forth is sorting through big-medium-small. Here are our favorites:
Big and Small Shape Activity
Big to Small Pumpkins
Big to Small Flower Printable
Sort the Apples
Turkey Sorting Printable
Sorting the Rainbow with our Theme Center Letter C and Letter D Printable
Bird Theme – We love bringing forth bird books for preschoolers that we can use in a simple bird watching activity.
What’s your state bird? See if you can look for it through the window or outdoors. Here is another fun Birdhouse Matching Printable we love for learning colors/matching!
Birthday Theme – Here are some of our Favorite Birthday themed Preschool Books:
For an epic birthday party here are some ideas:
Bug and Insects Theme – Preschool Daycare providers can enjoy this epic Insect Sensory Bin for practicing Fine Motor Skills.
This printable is awesome because it incorporates learning about which are insects and which are not insects!
And, for a lesson plan on Bugs, check this out right here!
Bunny Theme – Bringing out the bunnies and rabbits for learning is so much fun! Here are our favorite bunny activities and preschool printables:
Bunny Paper Plate Craft
40+ Easter Bunny Crafts
Free Bunny/Easter Printable
Easter Learning Folder Printable
Busy Bags Theme Centers – Taking busy bags on a car ride or vacation is a fun way to incorporate play to learn activities. Here are some of our busy bag ideas (Note: Get the bundle here):
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Butterflies Theme – Butterflies are the absolute sweetest and wonderful insect to learn about.
We can learn about:
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
This super fun Butterfly STEM Experiment
This Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable.
Calendar Theme – Teaching the months of the year is one of our favorites!
You’ll find a calendar that focuses on the months of the year and the days of the week in our Preschool Learning Folder PDF. Also, write out the months of the year in our Theme Centers Letter S and Letter T set here.
Carnival Theme – Learn the ABC’s and 123’s with the carnival in this epic Theme Center Printable Letter E + Letter F!
Camping Theme – For a list of 200 Outdoor Summer Activities, this list is epic!
Camping is a perfect time to bring on:
Also, looking for Camping Lesson Plans? Look no further than our Favorite Camping Lesson Plans here.
Candy Cane Theme – Bring out the candy cane crafts and activities with these fun ideas:
Castle Theme – Learning about knights, dragons and a castle theme are fantastic! Here are our favorite Castle Themed Books:
Clouds Theme – Clouds are a fascinating theme to learn about. Here are some ways we like to include clouds in our theme centers:
Rain Cloud in a Jar
How to make Cloud Dough
Sun and Clouds ABC Match Printable
Rain Cloud Counting Activity
And, here is one of our favorite Preschool Learning Folders that includes learning about the weather:
Clothing Theme – Children love learning about clothing pieces! Some of our best books and items about clothing:
Here are even more ideas:
In this File Folder Game, practice the different clothing pieces that there are.
Winter Clothing Printable
Spring/Summer Clothing Printable
Fall Clothing Printable
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – It’s no question that one of our favorite preschool books is this one!
Here’s an epic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity we brought forth with our preschoolers.
Also, use this free printable to go along with it! Learning letters can be so much fun!! Play based learning at its best!
Christmas Tree Theme – Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! We love a simple Christmas tree activity. Here are our favorites for this time of year:
Christmas Tree Stick Craft
Sensory Bottle Christmas Tree
Christmas Pom Pom Sorting
Christmas Tree Decorating
Easy Dot Sticker Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree Counting Mats Printable
Letter Match Christmas Tree Printable
Number Matching Christmas Tree Printable
Christmas Tree Decorating Printable
Colors Theme – We love colors activiites so much, I made a post on some of our favorite Shape and Color Activities!
I love teaching about colors because you can learn new ideas in any set of new themes, for any season or time of the year, for learning about shapes, sensory play, fine motor skills and more!
Here are some ideas:
Preschool Themes for the Entire Year:
Community Helpers Theme – Learning about the different helpers that are part of our community such as firefighters, police officers, teachers.. is a wonderful set of popular themes. Here are some of our favorite Community Helpers Resources:
Here are our favorite Community Helper Lesson Plans!
Construction Theme – Construction is one of our favorite themes! Incorporate one of our favorite books, “Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site” with one of our favorite Construction Lesson Plans!
Also, this Construction Sensory Bin setup is neat!
Construction Paper Theme – One of our favorite supplies in the preschool classroom is construction paper. This type of paper can work for learning colors, for crafts, to make shapes, letters, numbers out of. It is the best!! Check out these construction paper ideas we’ve tried:
Cookies Theme – A cookie theme is one preschoolers will love! Add the If you Give a Mouse a Cookie Book to any activity here:
Cooking Theme – Cooking up a feast is a marvelous way to incorporate pretend play. Here are some ideas:
Apple Sensory Bin (pretend apple play for sorting colors)
Thanksgiving Dessert Pretend Play
Corn Theme – Is it Fall or Autumn where you live? If it is, then you are probably on the hunt for corn themed ideas for preschool! And, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered:
Crafts Theme – If you are on the hunt for kids crafts, here are over 500+ Crafts for Kids! Be sure to bookmark this page to come back to throughout the year!
Cranberry Theme – Cranberries are so much fun, especially in sensory bins! We love talking about this amazing fruit and bringing it around Fall. Here are our favorite Cranberry Preschool Books:
Crayons Theme – We bring out the crayon activities around back to school! Check out these crayon ideas for kids:
Days of the Week Theme – Learning about the days of the week can be so much fun! Here is our number one way to learn (and it can be taken on the go!) win-win!
Dental Health Theme – This Dental Lesson Plan PDF file includes age-appropriate activities that include brushing teeth, letter recognition, counting and more! Love these activities if you are a preschool teacher or homeschooling mama!
Dessert Theme – Desserts are delicious and nutritious! Here are some of our favorite dessert books:
Dinosaur Theme – The next preschool theme I want to talk about is a Rawrsome one! If your little one loves all things dinosaurs (like my dinosaur lover does :)) here is an epic set of ideas:
Simple Dinosaur sensory activity
Easy Dinosaur STEM activity
Fun Dinosaur preschool activity
Dinosaur Preschool Lesson Plans
Dirt Theme – Getting muddy is fun! What muddy activities can you think of incorporating for learning about dirt and mud? Here are ideas:
Dot Marker Theme – Some of preschoolers favorite coloring pages include dot markers. I’ve made a few dot to dot activities you may like:
Shape Do a Dot Marker Sheets
Weather Do a Dot Sheets
Vegetable Do a Dot
Fruit Dot to Dot
Animal Dot to Dot
Dot Sticker Theme – Preschoolers will love playing with dot stickers. Dot stickers can work for learning through play. Some of our easy activities for kids here:
Rainbow Dot Sticker Activity
Dot Sticker Christmas Tree
Dot Sticker Jellyfish
Dot Sticker Alphabet Match
Duck Theme – Around spring time we will bring out the duck activities because they are just so cute and fun to learn with!
Check out this duck sensory bin and this Ugly Duckling book we love to read aloud for learning about the importance of accepting everyone for who they are.
Father’s Day Theme – Father’s Day is wonderful day to celebrate Dad! These activities will rock dads world:
Easter eggs Theme – Looking for Easter egg decorating ideas to bring forth this Easter? Check these ideas out:
Emotions Theme – Practicing how to handle our emotions is a necessity.
If you are looking for busy book printables that incorporate emotions that work for each month, check out Preschool Themes!
Family Theme – Young children, older kids, all kids can learn about the different members in a family.
In this lesson plan we include a set of matching activities for all about the different members that make a family!
Fairies Theme – One of the most magical themes is a fairy one!
Read books about fairies with preschoolers or learn with the fairies by creating a simple playdough kit. Add fairies to glitter playdough! Here’s how we make our glitter playdough 🙂
Fairy Tales Theme – Children love learning about fairy tales! Some of our favorite fairy tales books are the classic ones.
For an easy Fairy Tale Craft or Activity try this Gingerbread Counting Game! More Fairy Tale Books we love:
Farm Animals Theme – Learn about the farm animals with this farm sensory bin and free printable farm theme! If you are looking for a Farm Lesson Plan to go along with these, check this out here:
Feather Theme – We love using feathers for learning to count and color recognition. Check out this feather ice cube tray activity for learning to count from 1-10 and sort by color!
Feelings and Emotions Theme – Feelings and emotions is a must to learn about because it helps us regulate when we are upset, frustrated or angry.
Within our Preschool Themes, each month incorporates a set of emotion images for matching and learning about our feelings a little more.
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Fine Motor Theme – Fine Motor Skills is a very important skill to practice with little hands.
For a set of fine motor activities, check out these:
Fire Safety Theme – It is important that we learn about fire safety and how to approach it if this were to happen. Here are some of our favorite Fire Safety books for preschoolers:
Fish Theme – Learn with the fish with this fun Fish Craft, Fish Color Matching activity, Rainbow Fish Sticky Wall Activity and more! For a simple Fish Themed Preschool Printable check out our Ocean Lesson Plans.
Fishing Theme – Do you have a little one who loves to pretend to play fishing?
Then here is a fun and simple magnet fishing craft you won’t want to miss! Fishing for foam letters and small toys for learning about letters and colors is also a fun idea! Fish with the polar bears in this fun alphabet activity! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
Five Senses Theme – Learning about the senses (sight, smell, taste, hear, touch) is so much fun!
Here are two of our favorite 5 Senses Free Printables that are so much fun. They contain matching activities and this is great for fine motor practice, hand eye coordination and more!
Flowers Theme – Flowers is such a lovely theme to bring forth year round but even more so in springtime!
Here is a simple set of ideas:
Also, check out Pretend Play Flower Cart Printable and Learn the Parts of a Flower!
Forest Animals Theme – There are lots of different animals preschool children can learn about – safari animals, ocean animals, land animals..
In this File Folder Game, there are a different group of animals and Forest Animals are included. Check it out here!
Food Groups – Food that is nutritious vs food that isn’t as nutritious is an important lesson to learn.
In this File Folder Game you can differentiate which foods are healthy and which are not!
Fourth of July Theme – Celebrating Independence Day for kids can be so much fun! Here is a sensory play idea we love bringing out for those summer afternoons! Looking for free printables? Here are some of our favorites:
Also, check out this Star Template to create an epic Fourth of July Craft or Activity with!
Fruits Theme – Fruits are delicious and most children love them!
Grab this Garden Sight Word Printable to learn with the fruits and vegetables!
Also, there are matching activities that include fruit matching and our Busy Book Bundle is amazing for learning about different fruits.
Here are Free Printable Fruit Do a Dot Activity Sheets!
Fossil Theme – When we learn with these fossil printables, my preschool kids go bananas!
They absolutely love learning through play and this is a fun theme that can work for pretend play!
Check out how to learn the alphabet with the fossils!
Galaxy and Space Theme – Learning about Space is wonderful!
This Star Theme Free Printable is perfect to use in space crafts and space activities.
Pair it up with this all in one Space Preschool Pack for Learning about Shapes, the Alphabet, Counting and more with the space and galaxy items!
Garden Theme – We love to go outdoors when learning about the garden.
Here is an epic Garden Sensory Play idea that requires gross motor and fine motor skills. Gardening skills can be easy peasy with a sensory bin. Here is a Garden themed Sight Word Pretend Play printable for pre-k and kindergarteners!
Geography Theme – The continents are a great activity to bring forth and learn about!
In our Preschool Activity Binder Additional Sheets PDF there is an area where you can learn about the 7 continents with a simple matching activity!
What other fun geography themes can we add to our lessons? Here are some of our favorite geography books:
Gingerbread Theme – Who else loves a gingerbread theme around the holidays?
Here is a simple Gingerbread Counting Recognition Activity that incorporates color recognition. It is the best! To go along with this epic preschool activity, we love to add our Gingerbread Lesson Plans to the mix! Check them out here 🙂
Glow in the Dark Theme – What little one doesn’t like glow in the dark anything?
Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottles we made last year were a total hit! Also, these glow in the dark Easter eggs are great for a backyard or indoor egg hunt!
Gross Motor Theme – Gross motor skills is epic and when you can incorporate fun into it, well then you have a winner!
Here is an easy homemade gross motor activity we put together with none other than – masking tape.
For a set of fun Preschool Lesson Plans that incorporate finding the letter or number printables and matching them, check out Preschool Themes!
Busy Book Printables Bundle:
Habitats Theme – Incorporating teaching about the different habitats that animals live in is fun! Here is one of our favorite printables for learning about animal habitats!
Handprint Theme – Fun is painting with your hands! And, to preschoolers that is awesome fun!! Tried and true handprint activities here:
Rainbow Handprint Painting
Theme Centers Letter I + Letter J Printable (includes handprint activity)
Hanukkah Theme – Oh Hanukkah! I made a free Hanukkah printable that incorporates some of the basic skills of early learning and I am sharing it with you:
Hearts Theme – Around February we love to bring forth simple and easy heart activities. I’m going to share with you some of our favorite ideas:
Easy Heart Sticker Activity
Heart Tissue Paper Craft
Heart Counting Activity
Sensory Bin Hearts
Alphabet Heart Free Printable
Heart Preschool Plans
Hedgehog Theme – Get preschool kids to learn with this simple hedgehog craft we love to bring around Autumn/Fall! Here is a Fun Hedgehog Free Printable for you!
We use pinecones for learning to count and fill in the hedgehog to make it complete! How fun 🙂
Ice Theme – Icey activities are amazing! They are perfect for a hot summer day! Ice Activities we love:
Ice Cream Theme – Ice Cream, you Scream, we all Scream for Ice Cream! It sure is a treat when we bring forth ice cream activities for preschool! Our favorites:
Cloud Dough Ice Cream Recipe
Ice Cream Color Match
Shaving Cream Ice Cream Craft
Watercolors Ice Cream Activity
Ice Cream Sensory Bag
Ice Cream Preschool Binder PDF
Igloo Theme – Great ideas that include ice igloos are so much fun!
In this color matching penguin igloo printable there is so much to learn about (penguins, color recognition, matching activities).
Also, for a preschool lesson plan that includes igloos, check out our Winter Preschool Lessons here.
I spy Theme – I spy games are one of my littles favorite activities! Check these out here:
Jellybean Theme – Jelly beans are wonderful for counting with.. Check out this free jellybean printable that we love bringing around spring.
Also, check out this jelly bean activity!
And, for an epic jelly bean sticker activity, here is a fun decorating eggs with stickers idea for preschool!
Jellyfish Theme – Practice counting and color recognition with this jelly bean activity! And, here are our Ocean Preschool Lesson Plans you won’t want to miss!
Jewels Theme – Our Preschool Centers that include jewels are the Letter U, Letter V and Letter W printable that works on shapes, the alphabet and more! Check it out here:
Jungle Theme – Having a jungle theme in your preschool classroom is the best.
Learn the ABC’s with these animal flashcards that include jungle animals within them! Also, our animals file folder game includes different categories of animals which is a fun idea for preschoolers too!
King and Queens Theme – Royalty is a wonderful theme to learn about. Here are some of our favorite folklore king and queen books for preschoolers:
Have king and queen toys? Create a pretend playdough kit theme by making playdough!
Leaves Theme – Leaves are such a wonderful nature theme that can be included as a lesson plan in a field trip, in a playground to make for a great month of learning. Here are some of our favorite leaf activities:
Fall Leaves Large Scale Activity
Raking Leaves Activity
Fall Leaves Counting Mats Preschool Printable
Fall Leaf Find it Cards
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt Raking Leaves Printable
Leaf Counting Activity
Leprechaun Theme – Around March we love bringing forth leprechaun activities. Check out these:
Letter Formation Theme – Bringing forth letter recognition activities can be made fun! Here is an ABC dot to dot activity sheet.
Letter Magnet Theme – Magnets have been used in sensory bins, in letter recognition and matching activities and for hanging up on a refrigerator.
We love using them in our https://activelittles.com/alphabet-magnetic-letters-match-free-printable/alphabet printables and they are great for learning uppercase and lowercase letters!
Life Cycle Theme – Learning about life cycles is so much fun! Check out these:
Loose Parts Theme – Have you ever seen your preschooler creating something epic out of loose parts such as their toy items?
If so, then this is the coolest theme ever! We love using some of the supplies or preschool toys to influence little builders to create something out of their imagination that is fantastic!
Magic Paper Towel Experiment Theme – This is one of those STEM activities for kids that is amazing!
Children have a blast seeing how magical it is for a paper to display all their drawings. You can use these in a fun Christmas theme, Easter Theme or Learning Activity!
Magician Theme – One of the most awesome ways of showing kids how to learn some of the basic skills of early learning is to make it fun!
Do you have a little magician lover? Well, here is a fun way to get your little magician learning with our Theme Centers Letter G and Letter H Printable!
Magnet Theme – Magnets are a lot of fun to learn about in the preschool classroom. Here are some of our favorite books and items for learning all about magnets and science for preschool:
Matching Activities Theme – Luckily matching activity ideas can work for learning concepts and ideas! Here are some of our favorite preschool activities that incorporate matching activities:
Bug Preschool Activities
Preschool Activity Binder PDF
Busy Book PDF Bundle
Preschool Themes (for the entire year!)
Memorial Day Theme – On this day, we gather without loved ones in the remembrance of a historical time that took place long ago. Here are some of our favorite Memorial Day Books for preschoolers:
Mittens Theme – We bring out the mitten activities around winter! A great idea is to talk about the difference between hot and cold, ice activities and more!
A few of our best Mitten Activities:
Money Theme – Cha-ching! We love using the real thing “coins” for learning. However, these are our favorite Learning Resources: play coins and dollars for learning about money! Also, these printables work on learning about money too:
Monsters Theme – Get children learning with the cute monsters with this fun Monster Counting Game Printable that incorporates practicing fine motor skills!
This color Matching Monster Activity is also great for special events such as a party or get together. Here is one of our favorite Monster Ten Frame Printables that can go along with these activities. 🙂
Months of the Year Theme – Practicing the months the year and the days of the week is as easy as 1-2-3 with our Preschool Activity Binder!
If you are looking to learn them in a much bigger format (think poster board) check it out here!
Moon Theme – Learning about Space? Add this fun Moon Sand Recipe to any moon activity 🙂
It is fun in sensory play, fine motor activities and more. For more moon activities for preschoolers, here are our Space Lesson Plans.
Mother’s Day Theme – When Mother’s Day is around the corner, we’ve got you covered with some ideas:
Here is a list of our Themes by Category in our Printable Shop:
Mouse Theme – Mice are fun to learn about. In fact we have a few items in our list here that work on shapes, counting and more!
Music Theme – Teaching on a bulletin board or in a classroom is fun. But, here is a set of nursery rhyme printables that can be used on the go or even at night when you are serenading your little one to sleep at night!
Nature Theme – Nature is by far (in our home) one of our favorite ways to learn! Learning with sticks for counting or even to build a tree is a great way to incorporate learning about a certain season.
We love bringing out trees around Fall for an epic apple tree theme. Here are some of our favorite apple activities:
For an epic preschool lesson plan, check out:
New Years Theme – Try a really simple firework craft with toilet paper rolls for New Years!
Here is one of our favorite New Years Printables that we love to bring out on any celebration of the year, especially on New Years.
Numbers Theme – Bring forth easy number and counting activities with a fun Do a Dot Number Printable, an easy Math activity for early learners and this epic Counting Printable that we love and use to learn about numbers 1-10.
Want an all in one Preschool Lesson Plan that covers the basics of early learning for preschoolers? This is our Preschool Activity Binder!
Nursery Rhymes Theme – Nursery Rhymes are fun when reading children’s books.
But, how about bringing forth a fun Nursery Rhyme Activity such as this Caterpillar one. Try this Nursery Rhymes Printable with your preschoolers for loads of fun!
Nutrition Theme – Learning about nutrition is very important. Here is one ofour favorite Lunchbox Alphabet Printables and A neat Gardening Printable that covers sight words. Also, here is our favorite Math and Literacy Centers that include an epic nutrition theme to it!
Oatmeal Theme – Oatmeal is a great base in a sensory bin. We love to bring it out around Fall. Check out this Oatmeal Apple Sensory Bin!
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Ocean Theme – A fun way to bring forth ocean animals and an ocean theme in your preschool curriculum is to bring forth epic activities made with everyday household items. Like this:
For even more, check out these:
Ocean Themed Preschool Lesson Plans that are sure to be fun learning with the ocean animals!
Opposites Theme – We love matching activities that incorporate learning about the opposite of things!
This is a great everyday activity and here are our favorite Opposite Printables that we love and use around summertime!
Owl Theme – Owls are mostly brought forth around Autumn or Fall.
I love passing by the library and finding owl books for preschool! Here is an Owl Free Printable that is neat! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
Outer Space Theme – Who else loves learning about the stars, moon and planets?
Here is an epic all in one basic printable about learning about space! We love this Space Themed printable because it covers letter recognition, shapes, color recognition, early years math and more!
Painting Theme – Here are over 30 Baby Painting Ideas that we love! Looking for more painting activities?
Check out these:
Also, for a painting lesson plan, here is our favorite Math and Literacy Centers that incorporate a fun paint theme to it!
Paper Plate Activity Theme – Paper plates are a great way to include a simple supply for an easy craft for kids. Here are some of our easy paper plate activities:
Bunny Paper Plate Craft
Snowflake Paper Plate Craft
Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft
Rainbow Paper Plate Craft
Pets Theme – Awe, look at the puppy!
This cute Puppy Sensory Bin is the absolute cutest and incorporates a fun pretend play of feeding the puppy.
For even more lesson plans, check out our Pet Preschool Plans.
Penguin Theme – Is your little a penguin lover?
Try this awesome Feed the Penguin Activity.
Learn with the Penguins in this fun Color Matching Printable! So much fun and the best part, it can be taken on the go.
Picnic Theme – Bugs love a picnic party 🙂
Ain’t that the truth? Well, here is a fun Bug Themed Busy Book that can go along with any picnic activity!
Also, here is a cool lunchbox ABC printable and our Preschool Learning Folder for learning, eating and playing at your next pretend play or not, picnic party 🙂
Pie Theme – Pies are a wonderful theme in pretend play! In this list, you’ll find all our pie activities and printables:
Pumpkin Pie Paper Plate Craft
Apple Pie Spice Playdough
Thanksgiving Pie Shop Pretend play
Fall Pie Shapes Printable
Pinecone Theme – Do you collect pine cones around Autumn? Whether you do (or even if you buy them) or not, I’ve a list of ideas to try with them:
Pirate Theme – Pirates, Argh! I love a good pirate theme for preschool! Here is an epic printable that includes learning about letter recognition, counting and more:
Pizza Theme – There are so many ways to go about learning with a pizza activity for preschool!
Practice counting, differentiation, colors (peppers, pepperoni, cheese, red onion..) addition, subtraction, sorting.. The list goes on! Try this pizza pretend play activity!
Playdough Theme – Do you love making your own homemade playdough? If so, here are some playdough recipes:
Best Homemade Playdough
2 Ingredient Playdough
And, here are some of our favorite Playdough Free Printables:
Polar Bears Theme – Talking about Polar Bears is a fascinating subject! I’ve included a few polar bear printables for including alongside your lessons:
Free Printable Polar Bear Worksheet
Polar Bear Free Printable
Polar Bear Booklet
Alphabet Polar Bear Printable
Popsicle Theme – When it’s hot and sunny, here’s a popsicle treat activity list that will do wonders:
Popcorn Theme – Pop Pop! What little doesn’t love popcorn?! 🙂 Check out this printable for learning with the pop-pop-popcorn:
Pond Theme – Spring is near! Here is a fun set of pond activities for preschool you’ll love:
Pool Noodle Theme – Bring out the pool noodles for a fun craft! Not only can pool noodles be used around summer time in the pool! They can also be used in crafts for preschool. Check these out:
Post Office Theme – I love bringing post office activities around Valentines Day and certain holidays!
This Valentines Day Fine Motor Printable is awesome! Also, try this heart sponge painting craft and pretend play and send it off to someone you love!
Or, here is a fun pretend play post office idea for preschool!
Pretend Play Theme – There are so many pretend play ideas to try out for learning the alphabet, early years math, shapes and colors, sight words.. Here are some of our pretend play activities for preschoolers:
Cloud Dough “Pretend Ice Cream”
Pretend Play Apples for Learning Colors
Thanksgiving Pretend play Printable
Life Cycles Theme – Life Cycles are all around us!
What a beautiful thing to experience learning about the steps a plant takes to grow! Here are ideas:
Also, in our Preschool Activity Binder, we have two life cycle matching activities you won’t want to miss!
Preschool Themes for the Entire Year:
Puffy Paint Theme – This is the most interesting and coolest STEM idea ever! We show you how to make puffy paint and share a free printable to go along with it as well. Check it out here!
Pumpkin Theme – We’ve a whole lot of pumpkin activities for you! Here are some ideas:
Looking for pumpkin printables? Here are our favorites:
Pumpkin 3 Part Cards
Halloween Tracing Letters Printable
Pumpkin All in One Lesson Plan, we’ve got you covered here!
Rain Theme – “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day!”
I love bringing forth weather activities.
Here is an epic Rain Counting Activity that incorporates playdough and works on fine motor skills.
Also, for a more elaborate lesson plan on rain and weather, check out our Weather Lesson Plans here.
Rainbow Theme – Rainbows are such a beautiful thing to witness. Here is a Rainbow Pattern Free Printable we surely love. Also check out these:
Paper Plate Rainbow Craft
Easy Rainbow Construction Paper Activity
Rainbow Fine Motor Activity
Rainbow Paper Plate Craft
Easy Handprint Rainbow
60+ Rainbow Crafts and Activities
Rainbow Theme Lesson Plans
Reading Theme – Some of our favorite books for preschoolers are Usborne books. Here is a list of our very favorite Preschool Books!
Recycling Theme – Elaborating on the importance of keeping our planet clean is by far one of our favorite themes to bring forth. Here are some recycling activities we love:
DIY Snowman Stacking Boxes
Recycled Pipe Cleaner Craft
DIY Montessori Recycled Shoe Box Activity
DIY Toy for Kids
Earth Day Marbled Art
Paper Plate Earth
Earth Day Sensory Bin
Earth Day Sensory Bag
Earth Day Free Printable
And, for an all in one Earth Day Lesson Plan:
Reindeer Theme – In the winter, we talk about reindeers! And, I love sharing our ideas with you. Here you go:
Reptiles Theme – Most preschoolers are fascinated by reptiles. A few of our best Reptile books for preschool:
Robots Theme – Learn with the Robots with this fun Free Robot Printable!
It also includes a fun robot puzzle activity that is so much fun for little hands! For an all in one preschool lesson plan, check out our Outer Space Lesson Plan here.
Rocks Theme – Rocks are amazing resources nature provides which can literally be used in so many activities. Rocks can be used for counting, for a craft, for learning addition and subtraction. In whatever way you choose to use rocks, here are our favorites:
Sand Theme – Sandy beaches and sunny days! Just a few of our Sand Ideas for Preschool:
Santa Claus Theme – Ho, Ho, Ho. Some Santa ideas to bring forth this December:
Santa Craft (with an early learning twist)
Santa Alphabet Match
50+ Santa Crafts and Activities
Santa Beard Cotton Ball Free Printable
Christmas Learning Folder PDF
Seasons Theme – Learning about the seasons is a wonderful way to learn a little bit more about our world. Here are our favorites for each season:
Free Polar Bear Printable
Winter Playdough Mats
Winter Sight Word Games
Snowman Beginning Sounds Printable
Winter Tree Painting
Winter Learning Binder Printable
Winter Lesson Plans
Spring Name Recognition Activity
Spring Math Flower
Caterpillar Pattern Match
Spring Playdough Mats
Spring Learning Binder Printable
Spring Lesson Plans
Summer Bucket List
Summer Free Printable
Easy Summer Sensory Bin
Epic Summer Window Art
Summer Learning Binder Printable
Summer Lesson Plans
Fall Wreath Paper Plate Activity
Fall Seek and Find Sticker Activity
Fall Tree Sticky Wall
Fall Tree Painting
Fall Learning Binder Printable
Fall Lesson Plans
For Our Seasonal Busy Book Printable Bundle, go here:
Get Preschool Themes for the Entire Year below:
Seed Theme – One of the coolest things I’ve experienced with my preschoolers is that they love to save seeds to grow their own trees (pumpkin, apple, watermelon..)
Here is an epic Pumpkin seed Counting Printable to try out with pumpkin seeds! There are also loads of seed activities for preschoolers here:
Sensory Play Theme – Want to bring sensory activities into your preschool class? Here are some of our best sensory ideas:
Easter Sensory bin
Penguin Sensory Idea
Cranberry Sensory Bin
Farm Sensory Play
Pumpkin Mess Free Art
Shapes Theme – Shapes are my favorite! Practice learning about shapes with our Preschool Activity Binder!
Here are more shape activities to try out:
70+ Shape and Color Activities
Free Printable Mouse Shape Matching
Easy Valentine’s Chocolate Shape Box
More Shape Activities
And, for an all in one shapes printable for preschool:
Shamrock Theme – Shamrocks are fun around Spring. Check out these shamrock ideas for preschool:
Shamrock Mess Free Painting
Free Printable Shamrock
Bell Pepper Shamrock
Simple Shamrock Craft
30+ Shamrock Crafts
Rhyming Shamrock Cards
St. Patrick’s Day Learning Binder PDF
Shells Theme – Is it summer time? Here are our favorite activities that incorporate shells:
Free Printable Summer Playdough Mats
200+ Outdoor Summer Activities
Ocean Sensory Bin
Seashell Fine Motor Printable
And, here is our favorite Preschool Lesson Plans that cover Shells:
Sight Words Theme – Let’s talk sight words! But, make it fun! Our favorites:
Free Sight Words for Preschool
St. Patrick’s Day Sight Words
Valentines Day Sight Words
Winter Sight Words
Thanksgiving Dinner Sight Words
Snow Theme – Brr, it’s cold outside! Try these indoor activities when its cold:
Snowflake paper plate activity
Snowman Name Activity
Snowman Paper Plate
Puffy Paint Snowman Freebie
Snow ABC Free Printable
Snowflake Shapes Printable
And, for an all in one printable, check out:
Snowflake Theme – Snowflake, snowflake little snowflakes! Around winter, we bring forth these activities and here are some ideas:
Free Snowflake Printable
Snowflake Paper Plate Craft
Snowflake Clip Cards
Sight Word Snowflakes
Winter Preschool Activities PDF
Snowman Theme – One of my favorites!! If you are looking to bring forth snowman ideas with your preschool children, check these out:
Printable Snowman Name Activity
Snowman Name Literacy Activity
Snowman Beginning Sounds Freebie
DIY Snowman Paper Plate Craft
Ornament Craft Snowman
Snowman Sensory Play Idea
Winter Busy Book PDF
Star Theme – What can we talk about that has to do with stars?
How about, outer space, or the night time or even sing along to, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.
If you are interested and bringing lots of these ideas to life with a craft, check out these Star Templates that come in TONS of sizes!
Strawberry Theme – I once went to a strawberry themed birthday party and oh me oh my, there are so many fun ways to bring about a strawberry set of activities with preschoolers. Here are our picks:
The Best Playdough Recipe (for creating pretend play strawberries out of)
Free Printable Pattern Blocks (includes a strawberry sheet)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Freebie
Sorting Theme – Let’s sort! Sorting allows preschoolers to differentiate between letters, colors, shapes, items and more! See these ideas:
Color Sorting Printable
Squishy Sorting Sensory Bag
Crayon Box Sorting Printable
Witch Hat Sorting Printable
Turkey Feather Sorting
Spider Theme – Let’s talk about all things spiders! Most of us may not be fond of them, but most littles love learning about them! A few of our best spider printables and activities:
Spider Web Fine Motor Activity
Easy Counting Spider Activity
Web Match Activity
Sensory Bin Spider Activity
Shape Clip Cards
Match Cards Spider Printable
Halloween Learning Binder PDF
STEM Theme – We love bringing forth engaging and FUN STEM activities. Here are our favorites:
Rain Cloud in a Jar
Best Homemade Playdough
Baking Soda Vinegar Experiment
Traveling Waters Science Experiment
Sticker Theme – One of our favorite types of stickers to bring forth for preschool are none other than – dot stickers! Looking for a few ideas to try out with dot stickies? Check them out:
Super Hero Theme – Superheroes are so much fun for learning with! Learn with the superheroes in one of our Theme Centers:
Sun Theme – Learning about the sun and its warmness is a wonderful theme to bring forth. We can elaborate on the color yellow or the difference between hot and cold. Here are some of our favorite sun activities for kids:
And, for a more advanced set of preschool plans:
Teddy Bear Theme – This brown bear booklet incorporates lots of learning for preschool and the best part – they are coloring pages!
I’ve also included this fun boo boo teddy bear for adding the bandaid to and matching letters to for an easy letter recognition activity:
Time Theme – Time is a wonderful theme to learn for pre-k and kindergarteners.
We included a fun clock activity in our Kindergarten Lesson Plans here. It also incorporates tracing, matching activities and more. 🙂
Looking for a Preschool Activity Binder Printable? Check this one out here.
This or That Theme – I’ve included a fun pair of activities that include a bit of matching the different pairs. Here are some we love:
Toys Theme – What little kid doesn’t love toys? Here is a fun printable that gets them bringing back the toys to the toy chest for practicing on gross motor skills, fine motor skills and hand eye coordination:
Tracing Theme – Tracing letters, numbers, shapes and color names are all part of learning! Here are a few printables we love that incorporate this:
Shape Activities Freebie
4th of July Worksheets
Kids Letter Tracing Printable
Easter Preschool Printable
Kindergarten Learning Folder PDF
Even More Tracing Ideas
Trains Theme – Many littles love trains! Choo-choo! A simple sensory bin with your littles favorite train toys can work out perfectly for an epic play idea.
Here is our favorite printable lesson plan that incorporates trains for building and learning about counting from 1-10!
Transportation Theme – Children love learning about transportation. Here are some of our favorite transportation activities:
Transportation Theme Printable
Construction Sensory Bin
Transportation Preschool Lesson Plans
Traveling Theme – This DIY Sticker Paper Plate activity is awesome. It covers finding those specific stickers that relate to different themes. In this case it is about traveling. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
Turkey Theme – Are you looking into bringing forth turkey activities and/or crafts in your classroom? Just a few tips and ideas:
Sticky Wall Turkey
Easy Turkey Color Craft
Turkey Sorting Printable
Feather Color Match
Big to Small Feather Sorting
Thanksgiving Learning Folder PDF
Turtle Theme – Turtles are the absolute cutest little creatures. It’s no wonder preschoolers love learning about them!
Check out this Turtle Life Cycle Printable. Also, here are our best Turtle Themed books for preschool:
Ugly Sweater Theme – Have you made an ugly sweater craft or activity with your preschool class?
If not, here is an easy and fun Ugly Sweater Free Printable that will be sure to get them having fun decorating and learning with! Unicorn Theme – My littles are so into unicorns now. What about yours? If you have a preschooler who loves unicorns here are our favorites:
And, our favorite all in one Learning Folder printable:
Vegetables Theme – Learn with the vegetables with this Vegetable Dot to Dot Printable. Looking to bring out more preschool lesson plans? Check out our
Garden Sight Word Printable Pack
126 Words Printable (that include veggies!)
And, our Preschool Busy Book Printable Bundle
Veterinarian Theme – Caring for little animals is a wonderful way to teach kindness to littles.
Check out this pet puppy sensory bin to learn about taking care of and feeding the puppy (pretend play) and this epic Pets Preschool Lesson Plan that is perfect for learning with the pet animals!
Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme – This is one of our favorite childhood books. Here are some activities that can be used to go along with it:
Volcano Theme – Volcanoes are SO fun for learning about. Here is a fun baking soda and vinegar experiment that can be used to create an epic activity all about volcanoes!
Water Theme – Pouring water is by far my favorite preschool activity! Why is that?
Well, there are just SO many benefits when it comes to playing with water. Create a simple water sensory bin, or set up a fun pouring activity.
And, if you’d like to keep the water contained, try a water sensory bag or water sensory bottle! Whatever way you choose to learn more about water, it will be fun!
Watermelon Theme – Learning about watermelons, their seeds and creating an easy Watermelon Slime Recipe are all wins!
Check out this Alphabet Watermelon Printable and a really fun Summer Playdough Mat (that includes a watermelon!) for learning all about summer time!
Weather Theme – A weather theme is a wonderful way to learn about our world. Here are our favorite weather activities:
Rainbow Fine Motor Activity
Sun Fork Craft
Rain Cloud Counting
Weather Do a Dot Activity
Preschool Learning Binder (includes weather matching activity)
And, for weather lesson plans:
Winter Preschool Themes – Winter comes around the end and beginning of every year here in the states. Here are some of our best winter activities for kids:
70+ Winter Activities for Kids
Winter Wonderland Slime Recipe
Polar Bear Puzzle Printable
Snow Alphabet Free Printable
Winter Preschool Learning Binder Printable
And, for more lesson plans:
Worms Theme – Worms are so much fun to learn about! Check out this Spring Scavenger Hunt Printable that includes a worm and more for a fun learning game!
Also, check out some of our best Worm Preschool Books:
Zoo Theme – For an easy and fun animal activity that incorporates animals from the zoo, check out this Dot to Dot Printable here.
Also, our Zoo Preschool Lesson Plan is awesome! Check it out here.
Preschool Education Themes
Best Preschool Themes
Alphabet Themes – Bring along ABC activities but make it fun! Here are our faves:
Animal Themes – Get the most our of learning about animals with your preschoolers:
Farm Theme – It is so fun learning with all of the farm animals. Here’s what we got:
Fine Motor Skills Theme – Working on those pincer grasp and fine motor skills is inevitable. Fine Motor Activities we love:
Food Themes – Food activities we absolutely love to incorporate are:
Letter Recognition Theme – Let’s practice forming, tracing and writing letters and creating words. Here are some ideas:
Number Recognition Theme – Make learning about number fun with these epic printables and worksheets:
Science Themes – STEM activities are amazing! Here are the ones we’ve tried and loved:
Social Studies Theme – Learn about our community with these ideas:
Preschool Math Themes – Early years math is fantastic. Lets make it fun we these ideas for kids:
Pretend Play Theme – Incorporating pretend play and small world play is so much fun! Here are some of our favorite play ideas:
Shape Themes – Practice shapes with these play ideas and printables:
I hope you enjoyed these preschool themes and preschool activities.
For a year round set of preschool themes, tap the image below. Happy Learning!
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