April Preschool Themes
April Fools • Earth Day • Space • Shadows • Rainbows • Eggs
April Fools Day
Turn April Fools Day into a whole week of fun! Your preschoolers will be amazed when they open their bananas at breakfast and they’re already sliced! ?This does take some prep work so if you have lots of kiddos for breakfast you might need to do this the night before. Watch how it’s done.
Brownies anyone? Make that brown E’s! Later in the day offer brownies for a special snack time treat. Present them to the children and watch their faces as they reach for brown E’s! Of course, you’ll have actual brownies waiting for them. lol
Preschoolers have a great time with this silly book.
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This is lots of fun for the kiddos. Try running circle time backwards, sing your greeting song last, play your games first. You’ll know what works for your room.
Our kiddos have so much fun with Silly Sally!
Wear your socks mismatched like these kiddos at simplykinder.com
These Dr. Seuss books are always a big hit!
Crazy Hair Day
Teachers and kiddos will have fun with this. Make your hair as crazy as you dare! Please don’t post the pics of teachers (or kids) anywhere public!! lol There are a couple of fun books to read on crazy hair day.
This is the day to give them what they want! Have a party, eat ice cream, or make smoothies. If your kiddos are old enough bring our balloons, if not how about bubbles? Make it a festive day. Say “Yes!” as much as you can. Remind the kiddos to say yes when they can as well. You could turn it into a kindness lesson. Its a day to review rhyming words, opposites, and matching concepts. Have a great week!
Young children might not know the name of our planet or that there are other planets. So teach them! Earth Day is the perfect time to get them involved. Preschool children can understand that keeping our environment clean is important. Children are very interested in maps and most 3’s can get the “we are here” concept.
Earth Dance by Joanne Ryder
Introduce keeping the planet clean and help the understanding by taking the children outside to clean up the earth. With young children, you’ll want teachers to carry trash bags. Monitor what the children pick up – no glass, cigarette butts…children should ask teachers to pick up these items.
This site littlebinsforlittlehands.com has great STEM activities for little kiddos around Earth Day.
We know they’re not going to see anything, it’s the process, not the product! Just be sure they don’t point it at the sun! I hang a poster of the planets, we point our telescope at that and ask the kids if they can find Saturn or Neptune.
This great telescope is truly designed just for young children. For use in preschool classrooms, fancy expensive telescopes aren’t necessary. This one includes a journal and cool science experiences. This telescope is decorated with moons, stars, and planets. The moon scope, with 18x to 90x magnification, comes with moon filter and tripod. Kids will love this
This project starts out as name puzzles and quickly become rocketships! Start with construction paper squares programmed with each child’s name. Children glue them down in order. Add a triangle to the top and one on either side. A flame of glitter at the base and its Blast off! Oh, add some foil stars too!
Shadows You can do this with any large bright flashlight or even a lamp with the shade off. Just darken the room and have the children stand about 3-4 ft from a plain wall with the light behind them. What fun!
We made shadows under a table draped with paper. The yellow paper worked better than blue. You can see our little stick puppet silhouettes laying on the blue.
Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)
Indoor Egg Hunt