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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

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Preschool Summer Activity ThemeThe Preschool Rainbow Summer Activity Theme has hot ideas and cool cooking learning activities for preschool and kindergarten children. You'll find 2 web pages filled with science, picnic and beach early childhood activities along with ideas for bulletin boards too.

The Outdoor Play Theme includes 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.

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Mother's and Father's Day

In the early childhood Mother's and Father's Day Theme preschool and kindergarten children celebrate their parents with hands on art and craft activities and practical ideas for gifts that encourage cognitive learning, creative expression and the development of fine motor skills.


Preschool Graduation IdeasGraduation Ideas! Here you'll find ideas for dramatic presentations that can be adapted and used for preschool Graduation or "Moving On" celebrations. Show parents, family members and friends what preschoolers have learned throughout the year when youngsters perform simple skits that you create using these ideas and activities.

Preschool 4th of July Theme

In the 4th of July Preschool Activity Theme young children have fun celebrating Independence Day with patriotic preschool learning activities. Try the Holiday Windsocks, the Paper Chain Flag or the 4th of July Fireworks. There is a black and white printable coloring page available for this Independence Day Theme.

Circus and Clown Preschool Activity ThemeThe Circus and Clown Preschool Activity Theme has lots of plans for classroom circus trains, cooking and snack ideas plus 2 classic clown make-up recipes. Create your own preschool and kindergarten classroom circus with the art and craft activities, songs, rhymes and games found in this early education theme and have young children learning skills while enjoying themselves.

Because every circus needs healthy delicious treats don't forget the popcorn and the activities in the Popcorn Fun for Everyone Activity Theme. There are also 3 black and white printable coloring and pattern pages associated with the Circus & Clown Preschool Activity Theme.

  • Lion Mask
  • Clown Juggler
  • Circus Elephant

Preschool Science Experiments Theme

In the Science Experiment Activity Theme there are science discovery experiences for preschool and kindergarten children that promote the development of observation and prediction skills as the youngsters explore their environment and actively construct their own knowledge using fun, inexpensive science experiments.

Preschool Bird ThemeThe Preschool Bird Activity Theme has many preschool activity plans for creating bird nests, bird houses and feeders. You'll find rhymes, songs and a counting activity that is sure to have preschool and kindergarten children learning skills and having fun. There are 3 black & white printable coloring and pattern pages of Birds available for this Preschool Bird Activity Theme.

  • Great Horned Owl
  • Meadowlark
  • Robin

Caterpillar & Butterfly  Activity ThemeIn the Caterpillar & Butterfly Activity Theme the Spring metamorphosis of the caterpillar to butterfly encourages preschool and kindergarten children to explore natural science, color, shape and creative expression. There are 3 black & white printable coloring and pattern pages associated with this preschool activity theme.

  • Butterfly
  • 2 Caterpillars
  • Chrysalis


Plant Growth for all SeasonsPlanting an indoor classroom garden all year-round provides preschool children with lots of science experiences.  You'll find activities and ideas for spring, summer, fall and winter, in the Plant Growth Theme.Try Sprouting Seedlings in a ziploc bag or planting an Egg Shell Garden. Sing a few of the songs or create your own classroom Greenhouse Garden and develop a plant growth bulletin board while preschool youngsters become familiar with natural science. There are 4 Printable Coloring / Pattern Pages that help with this Plant Growth Activity Theme.

  • Seed Growth and Flower
  • Bean Plant
  • Plant Growth
  • Flower Cross-section

You'll find all these Preschool Activity Themes and 60 more when you join the Preschool Rainbow Resource Room.

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.

pre-k book Preschool Books Listed by Themes
A pre-k curriculum resource of suggested picture books for early childhood teachers and parents of young children.  With more than 20 lists of kindergarten and pre-k books for story time and the library areas of early childhood classrooms.

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
Lots of early childhood classroom activities for teaching preschool children about these fascinating creatures. 

Alphabet Theme
Preschool children have fun learning the letters of the alphabet when early childhood teachers use these activity plans and games in their classrooms. 

 Counting and Number Theme
Active learning ideas that engage both small and large groups of young children in the development of counting skills. 

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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Preschool learning activities, themes and ideas that enrich year round early childhood curriculum. 
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Alphabet Theme

Animal Activities

Back to School

Black History

Book Themes

Brain Growth

Counting and
Number Theme

Dinosaur Theme

Fall Theme

Spring Theme

Summer Theme

Winter Theme

The Five Senses

Holiday Craft

Home Activities

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Circle Activities

Me, My Family
and Friends


Outdoor Play

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Rhyme, Songs 
Finger plays 

Small Group

Toddler Theme

Preschool Links

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