August Preschool Themes and Ideas
We love to kick off the school year with a few preschool themes that will excite preschoolers as they head back to the classroom. We'll make it easier for you to start planning those start of school themes while you soak up that last bit of summer sun.
We’ve included a list of preschool themes and hands-on activities to help your little learners enjoy their summer and prepare for back to school. Whether you teach preschool, homeschool, or are just searching for some extra fun activities, these activities are perfect for summer learning fun. From circus fun to bulldozing their way through a construction theme, you will be sure to find something that all of your preschoolers will love.
Can you think of a better way to kick off the month than with a circus celebration? The circus is sure to get your preschoolers excited while learning about all the different sights, sounds, and smells. A circus theme provides endless opportunities with colors, clowns, yummy treats and extraordinary acts, which make for some awesome art projects and gross motor activities. So, step right up and join the fun!
Pasta Hair Clown Craft
Construction and Building
Dump trucks, bulldozers, and excavators are three words that intrigue any preschooler. Preschoolers are fascinated by construction sites, from the noises to digging dirt. A construction theme is no exception; your preschooler will be more than ready to dig right in as long as some dirt is involved!
Zoo animals are a shared interest among almost all preschoolers, most of them have a favorite animal they can't wait to tell you about. A zoo animal theme is a great theme to include within the first month of school because it's a great way to get nervous preschoolers excited to come to school. It's always a great theme to build connection and community as we are learning about our classmate's favorite animals.
Small World Zoo
Medieval Fantasy & Fairy Tales
Preschoolers love pretend play, especially when dragons, princesses, and castles are involved. Why not extend on their interest and teach preschoolers a bit more about this topic with an entire medieval fantasy and fairy tale theme? This theme is perfect for truly sparking imaginations and letting preschoolers dream and explore. A fairy tale theme wouldn't be complete without some great books to read, be sure to check out our suggested books in the language & literacy section of our free Medieval Fantasy and Fairy Tales theme planning page.
A camping theme is the perfect final hoorah of the summer. As the summer winds down and school starts again, allow your preschoolers to have a camping trip right in their classrooms. Camping is also a time where we come together and sit by the fire, sing songs, and enjoy each others company. This sounds like a great theme to encourage community right inside the walls of your classroom. Believe it or not, bringing a camping theme indoors is pretty easy.
Camping Under a Night Sky
National Back to School Month
August marks the end of summer as children, teachers, and parents prepare to head back to school. It's an exciting month full of changes and new experiences, making it a busy month for both students and teachers. The first weeks of school are about establishing a routine, settling in, and preparing for a new year. Here are some tips for planning your preschool themes for the upcoming school year.
Students aren't the only ones who feel a bit nervous about an upcoming school year, so teachers, check out this post on preparing for a new school year.
National Watermelon Day
Bite into a piece of watermelon because August 3rd is National Watermelon Day! And, if you're not quite ready to jump into back to school because you're still in summer mode check out these awesome summer themes!
National Play Outside Day
This first Saturday of every month is National Play Outside Day and it's the perfect opportunity to take your play outdoors! We love seeing and hearing all about the awesome spaces educators have created in their outdoor areas so if you're looking for some creative ideas check out this post.
National Friendship Day
The first Sunday in August is National Friendship Day and as we head back to school it's the perfect time to celebrate and talk about the importance of building friendships and recognizing how important kindness truly is. It's also a great way for preschoolers to get to know one another during the first few weeks of school. We have a collection of great activities that promote both kindness and friendship!
National Dog Month
Time to celebrate your furry friends because it's National Dog Month! Check out our pet theme as a way to incorporate this holiday into your lessons.
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