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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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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.

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Preschool  Halloween Activity Theme

Take a look at all of the spooky art and craft ideas, pumpkin activities, preschool songs and literacy ideas in the Halloween Activity Theme. There are suggestions for finger puppets plus 4 black & white Printable Coloring pages available for the Halloween Preschool Activity Theme.

  1. Jack-O-Lanterns
  2. Cat Mask Pattern
  3. Lion Mask
  4. Spider

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween Safety Tips

Because Halloween is a fun time of the year when young and old celebrate by dressing up in costumes, going to parties and eating treats, ensure that preschool and kindergarten children have an enjoyable and safe holiday with these Halloween Safety Tips that can be shared with parents and families.

Thanksgiving Turkey Theme

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.

  1. Turkey
  2. Pilgrim Turkey
  3. Pilgrim Man Puppet
  4. Pilgrim Woman Puppet

Fire Safety 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.

  1. Firefighter & Dalmatian Puppy
  2. Firefighter & Hose


Preschool Feelings and Emotions Activity ThemeThe Preschool Feelings & Emotions Theme has activity plans that encourage young children to recognize, verbalize and cope with their emotions. Adults can help preschool and kindergarten children understand their feelings of frustration, anger, sadness etc. with the lesson plans in this preschool activity theme.

Don't forget to take advantage of the reversible Happy/Sad Puppet Printable Pattern Page when you visit the Preschool Feelings & Emotions Activity Theme.

If You're Happy and You Know it ThemeThere is also the If You're Happy and You Know It Collection of actions songs, rhymes and activities that help young children learn about their feelings and emotions inside the Preschool Rainbow Resource Room.

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

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Outdoor Play

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Rhyme, Songs 
Finger plays 

Small Group

Toddler Theme

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