preschool theme ideas for teaching the alphabet, numbers, colors, and many more,
in your preschool homeschool program. Use this free, alphabetical resource created for home schoolers, day care providers, parents, and teachers of young learners, to get you thinking about the many preschool theme ideas with suggested activities for preschool-age children.
Most of these suggested topics are suitable for a variety of activities
such as singing songs, playing games, making foods, completing printable
sheets, and reading books.
Many of these preschool theme ideas will also work well with arts and
crafts projects, outdoor play, inside circle games, sand or water play, and
A Sample Activity
If studying about water, for example, some possible pre-school
activities might include:
Read a Magic Schoolbus book about water
Watch a science video from Moody about the power of
See what happens when we freeze water in the kitchen
Fill a pool and play outside in the water
Talk about how our bodies and our pets need water
Complete a worksheet showing the cycle of water
Listen to a YouTube rap about water, from here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Yi4dAzHsc
Create Your Own Activity for a Preschool Theme Idea
Let your imagination soar as you develop your own creative,
home school preschool activities and games to stimulate your young learners about basic
subjects like math, science, Bible, reading, themselves, and the world in which we live.
I will be adding more preschool theme ideas so check back often.
Alphabetical List of Preschool Theme Ideas
100th Day of School – Teach the number one hundred. Practice counting
objects, work with the One Hundred Chart, and practice writing numbers up to
Me – Teach everything there is to know about themselves such as their
address, name, age, parents, pets, friends, food, and toys.
– Teach the alphabet, trace letters, form letters with Play Dough, cut
letters from magazines, and sing an ABC song.
–Visit a zoo, watch animal
movies such as Madagascar or The Lion King, complete animal coloring
pages or play matching game with flashcard.
– Read books written by favorite authors like Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss.
– Look at pictures of different beaches, make dioramas with beach scenes
using sand and small toys.
The – Read and discuss well-known Bible stories, watch Bible movies, dress
as favorite Bible characters, and let them retell stories using figures
attached to craft sticks.
– Teach the names of body parts, sing songs, and play games like "Simon Says," where they have to tap
their head, shoulders, or knees.
Characters – Study favorite book characters like Winnie the Pooh,
Paddington, and Curious George. Don't forget some newer ones like Dora the Explorer and Disney characters,
- Teach the color names and the
colors of the rainbow with the acronym "ROYBGIV," which stands for
the color red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo, and violet. Play active
games where they must locate a household item that is the color you name.
Helpers – Learn about the helpers in the community such as firemen, police
men, postal workers, doctors, and more. Visit these local places and take
pictures to discuss with them afterwards.
The – Learn how the desert differs from where you live. Show pictures of
plants and animals that can live there. Find a desert on the globe.
Day – Talk about the importance of caring for the planet and ways to do
that. Look at pictures of areas that have not been well cared for such as
polluted waters and how that affects the fish.
– Name the people in your family including extended relatives and how they are
connected to the family.
– Introduce foods that have tastes like salty or sweet. Prepare some new meals
that are from other places and ask whether they enjoy the different tastes.
Friends – Talk about how friends are different from children you meet at the
park. Teach that it takes time to become friends with a person.
Geography - Introduce cities, states, and countries. Learn to read maps, and
directions like north, south, east, and west. Learn the state capitals with
– Talk about dental health, personal health, and feelings.
– Teach the major holidays and talk about different ways to celebrate. Teach
that other countries celebrate different holidays than the ones we celebrate.
– Name the rooms and furniture in the home. Explain how a family lives together
in a home unless other conditions arise such as divorce, college or marriage.
– Locate areas of the world where there are jungles. What animals live there.
Watch movies that show jungles.
& Character – Read the Berenstain Bears' book on manners and role play
about what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior in given situations.
– Explain why we use money, how it is made, and teach counting. Explain the
value of the different denominations so they know a dime has more value than a
nickel, for example.
– Make music, listen to music, and watch a symphony or musical performance.
& Counting – Identify the numbers 0-9, count small household items, and
teach how every number has a place, ones, tens, hundreds, etc. Take this as far
as they are capable of handling at this time.
Rhymes – Read nursery rhymes in books, listen to songs, and do the finger
plays and actions that go along with many of these.
– Talk about the origin of these games and watch footage of past Olympic games.
– Have a Pajama Day of homeschool. Read stories about pajamas.
– Learn what types of animals make good pets and how to take care of pets.
– Discover where rainforests are located on a map. Watch video of a rainforest.
– Talk about what recycling is and the reasons your city may require you to
recycle. If not doing so already, get three small pails and label newspapers,
glass or cans and take to a local recycling center.
– Talk about the four seasons and the kinds of weather that occurs during the
seasons. Talk about the proper clothing to wear during each season.
– Teach about the five senses and what happens if a person lacks sight or
– Teach the basic shapes, draw shapes, and make figures using pattern blocks.
– Teach about our solar system. Watch the night sky or take a trip to a
– Teach about some national sports like baseball, football, and basketball. Try
to have them match the right equipment with each sport.
Care of Myself – Learning to tie a shoe, button/unbutton clothes, and get
dressed in their pajamas.
– Learn names of common ways of traveling like cars, trucks, trains, airplanes
or boats. Explain that trains and trucks also carry much of our foods to the
– Explain where water comes from and talk about ways to conserve water.
– Discuss the kind of weather in your area. Watch a weather report with your
child/ren and point out the weather in other areas such as where grandparents or
– Take a trip to a zoo to learn about the animals.
This concise list of preschool theme ideas is just to give
you an idea of the many topics that are suitable for home school preschool.
Please consider sharing some of YOUR preschool theme ideas on the Contact Me page.
Try to teach subjects using as many senses as possible. So, be sure to
touch, taste, look, listen, and smell, when appropriate, while teaching these