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 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
In the Back to School Theme you'll find preschool lesson plan ideas, learning activities and songs for an exciting beginning to the preschool and kindergarten school year.
The 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.
The Ocean and Sea Preschool Theme brings the underwater ocean, sea, river and pond into your preschool and kindergarten classroom with science, dramatic play, cooking, songs, fingerplays and art & craft activities. Indulge in fantasy with the Mermaid Friendship Story. Engage youngsters with dramatic play beach and sailboat activities followed by the sensory experiment Fresh Water vs. Saltwater activity. Then continue with Saltwater Painting. You'll also find activities that help youngsters create Shark Puppets. There's a lot more plus Bulletin Board ideas too.
There are 2 Black & White printable coloring pages available for this Ocean and Sea Theme.
Here are Preschool Camping Activities that provide creative camping dramatic play experiences for preschool and kindergarten youngsters. Bring the outdoors inside with these early childhood education ideas by creating a Camping Theme Box, a Camping Dramatic Play Center or by transforming your entire classroom into a campsite where young children participate in literacy and counting activities during their visit to Camp Learn Alot.
With the preschool activities in the Blowing Beautiful Bubbles Activity Theme preschool children have fun blowing bubbles and won't know that they are learning about science. In this theme you'll find secret recipes and tips for the biggest and best bubbles along with rhymes. There is also a Black & White Printable Coloring page available for this Bubble Blowing Theme.
In the Creepy Crawlers Activity Theme there are early childhood activities, lesson plans and ideas about insects, bugs and fuzzy wuzzy creepy crawlers. Cook and Edible Ant or Strawberry Ladybug Treat and show preschool and kindergarten children how snails are able to maneuver on plants with the Snail Circus Activity. There are 5 Black & White printable coloring and pattern pages associated with this Creepy Crawlers Activity Theme.
The 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.
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.
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.
Preschool learning activities,
themes and ideas that enrich year round early childhood curriculum.