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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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The Winter Preschool Activity Theme has 2 web pages filled with pre-school and kindergarten learning suggestions for science, melting experiments, art and craft activities and snow activities which don't require snow. Build a few indoor snowmen or cook up popcorn snowmen with your young children. All of these chilly early childhood education ideas are in the Winter Preschool Activity Theme plus songs and fingerplays.

In the Black History Theme there are curriculum activities that help preschool and kindergarten children learn about the history of African-Americans with early childhood lesson plans, games and songs.

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St. Patrick's  DayThere are lots o preschool art and craft activities in the St. Patrick's Day Theme along with color recognition and cooking ideas. Follow a week full of leprechaun tricks to find a pot of chocolate gold coins or look closely to find instructions for a holiday puppet.


Friendship Activity ThemeIn the Friendship Activity Theme there are lessons about sharing and kindness that help preschool and kindergarten children develop social skills. Teachers and parents use positive praise as young children wear their Super Friend Glasses and encourage creativity and critical thinking with the Friendship Garden. Remind children that words can hurt their friends and often can not be taken back with the Hurtful Words Activity. Then use the String of Friends to promote verbal skills.

Dental HealthIn the Health Activity Theme you'll find healthy hand washing preschool activities that help prevent the spread of germs and Dental Health activities that promote good oral hygiene. Treat young children to tooth brushing and hand washing songs and poems, plus a visit from the Tooth Fairy with theses preschool lessons.

There are 4 black & white printable coloring / pattern pages available for the Health Activity Theme.

  1. Happy Tooth and Toothbrush
  2. Tooth Puppet
  3. Doctor
  4. Hand washing

Preschool Hibernation ThemeThe Hibernation Theme has preschool and kindergarten winter activities that help youngsters understand the scientific concept of hibernating /winter sleeping animals. You'll find flannel board activities, ideas for bulletin boards, poems, songs, literacy activities and dramatic play suggestions in this winter theme. Activities for Groundhog Day are in this Hibernation Theme too!

There are 3 black & white printable coloring / pattern pages available for the Hibernation Activity Theme

  1. Groundhog & Poem
  2. Groundhog  Puppet
  3. Bear Standing

Penguin Preschool ActivitiesTry these delightful winter learning Penguin Preschool Activities that are sure to enrich your preschool and kindergarten curriculum with ideas for counting, early math, movement and crafts.

There are 3 black & white printable coloring / pattern pages associated with this Preschool Penguin Activity Theme.

  1. Penguin
  2. Penguin On Skis
  3. Penguin - Follow the Dots

In the Mittens, Mittens and Math Winter Theme young children explore the early math skills needed for recognizing numbers, counting matching pairs, sequencing, patterning and graphing. There are literacy ideas for The Mitten by Jan Brett and you'll find a dramatic play activity that can be expanded into a presentation for special occasions. There is also a black and white printable coloring page of a Mitten associated with this theme.


The Puppets Can Teach Theme has 2 web pages filled with craft ideas and activities that use puppets to enhance and stimulate the creative and cognitive abilities of young children. Invite preschool and kindergarten youngsters to learn key concepts in the areas of language, early mathematics, social studies, science, music, movement and dramatic play with the help of the puppet ideas that you'll find in the Puppets Can Teach Preschool Activity theme which includes Easy Santa Puppets and a Father Christmas Puppet too.

4 other black and white printable Puppet Pattern Pages are also associate with the Puppets Can Teach Preschool Activity Theme.

  1. Paper Bag Hand Puppet Dog / Cat
  2. Sock Puppets -Teacher Made
  3. Tooth Puppet
  4. Hand Puppet Emotions 


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 fall, winter, spring and summer 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.

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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
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Outdoor Play

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Rhyme, Songs 
Finger plays 

Small Group

Toddler Theme

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