Preschool Rainbow - Activity Central
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Preschool education activities and early childhood education lesson plans that give preschool children choices. Ideas for pre-k and kindergarten teachers that enrich classroom curriculum are arranged by theme. Plus easy at home fun preschool activities and games that parents can use to reinforce early learning skills. There's even a search function and an opportunity to submit your own preschool activities and early childhood learning ideas. While you're here don't forget to take a peek inside the Members Only Preschool Rainbow Resource Room
"A rainbow of preschool education activity plans"
Take a look at the 2 web pages of the Fall Activity Theme which has a harvest of preschool curriculum activities and songs for the Autumn season.The Dinosaur Theme has hands-on activities and ideas that enhance preschool and kindergarten curriculum about dinosaurs. You'll find songs, fingerplays and early math measurement activities that help young children in early childhood classrooms learn about fossils and prehistoric creatures as they participate in discovery experiences.
The Outdoor Play Theme includes fall and summer activities that promote the gross motor and observation skills of young children. There's even a few activity plans that will help youngsters create volcanoes.
There are lots of early childhood art and craft activities in the Preschool Thanksgiving Activity Theme along with centerpiece ideas and a recipe for delicious Pumpkin Cones. Read the Tommy Turkey Story, create a Thanksgiving Quilt and help preschool youngsters make a Thanksgiving Greeting Card with the holiday activities in this Thanksgiving Theme. Don't forget to take a look at the 4 black & white printable coloring / pattern pages available for the Thanksgiving Preschool Activity Theme.
In the Food and Nutrition Activity Theme preschool & kindergarten children are introduced to tasty and healthy recipes that they can help cook for snack. Try making Healthy Orange Juice, Apple Pancakes, Apple Bread and cook up some Yummy Shapes. Enjoy these recipes with youngsters for Thanksgiving and try some of the Christmas Treats too! There are 4 black & white printable coloring / pattern pages available for the Preschool Food and Nutrition Activity Theme.
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In Mask Making Activities you'll find early childhood learning activities for making a variety of masks for use all throughout the year. There are masks for expressing feelings and emotions, animal masks for circus themes, a mask for helping preschool children learn how to blow their noses, a mask made from nylon stockings and a Turkey Mask for Thanksgiving.
The Christmas and Kwanzaa Activity Theme has art & craft activities together with ideas for decorations that are sure to encourage young children to use their fine motor skills. Youngsters learn the letters of the alphabet with the Alphabet Christmas Tree and teachers promote the early math skill of estimation with Colored Pasta Counting. If you're looking for early childhood activity themes for Colors, Shapes or Recipes for Art Activities you'll also find them along with the theme Popcorn Fun for Everyone in the Preschool Rainbow Resource Room.
There are 2 black & white printable coloring / pattern pages available for the Christmas and Kwanzaa Preschool Activity Theme.
In the Fire Safety Activity Theme there are preschool learning activities about smoke detectors and Stop, Drop & Roll. You'll find songs, chants, fingerplays, dramatic play ideas, a poem and a cooking activity plus 2 black & white Printable coloring Pages in this Preschool Fire Safety Activity Theme.
How to Choose a Picture Book In this article written exclusively for the Preschool Rainbow, award winning author Ellen Jackson offers advice that early childhood teachers can give to parents about choosing good picture books for preschool children.
Preschool Books Listed by Themes
The Preschool Rhyme Theme Collection is a curriculum resource with tons of finger plays, action poems, songs and nursery rhymes grouped according to early childhood education themes. Rhymes that enhance early learning about insects and bugs, animals, family, transportation, counting, community helpers and so much more!
Animal Activities promotes pre-k and kindergarten learning with literacy, science and dramatic play ideas. Activities for Zoo Themes are here.
Activities for Toddlers has 4 seasons of learning ideas and activity plans for very young preschoolers.
Preschool Activities for a Dinosaur Theme
Counting and Number Theme
The Preschool Links page has informative resource sites for preschool and kindergarten teachers, plus places of interest for both parents and young children.
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