January Preschool Themes and Ideas
It’s time to wrap up the holiday season, and what better way to do so than with fun winter themes! I am excited to share some fun activities, resources, and holidays that we can celebrate throughout January. The start of a new year marks a time of new beginnings, and these ideas are a great way to start a new year of learning!
January is here, which means it just might be snowing where you live! And, if you live somewhere where it doesn't snow, then it is the perfect opportunity to teach your preschooler all about snow and snowmen. These activities are great for inviting your students to experience the cold with engaging hands-on ideas! Don't forget to grab fun books that will teach your preschoolers about snow and winter, including some great snowmen characters!
Arctic Animals and Ice
Wintertime is the perfect time to teach anarctic animal and ice theme. There are so many fun and engaging activities on this topic. And these include some of my favorite animals. Download this free set of Arctic Animals Puzzles to go with this Theme!
Is it really winter without a penguin theme? Now is the perfect time to have conversations with your preschoolers about cold weather and some of the animals who live there, like penguins! Penguins are one of the cutest animals out there, and I am sure your preschoolers will absolutely love this theme. Learn more about penguins through books, and hands-on activities.
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Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes
Nursery rhymes are a classic childhood staple! And, rhymes are essential in developing language for our young learners. A Mother Goose and Nursery theme are excellent for teaching preschoolers through fun activities, songs, and crafts! Books are one of my favorite ways to introduce nursery rhymes to preschoolers.
Around the World
An around the world theme is an excellent way to introduce your preschoolers to different cultures and places throughout the world. Preschoolers can benefit from learning about different cultures through books, activities, and new foods. This is a great time to collaborate with parents to let them bring a piece of their culture into their child's classroom.
Although New Years is more of an adult holiday, there are still plenty of fun ways to celebrate with our little learners. After all, a brand new year is something to celebrate. Here are some fun New Years activities for you to start the new year off!
National Spaghetti Day
We celebrate this fun holiday on January 4th. What a perfect day to have your preschooler help you in the kitchen by creating this famously loved dish! You can find some Spaghetti activities in our around the world activity pack here!
National Bird Day
National Bird Day is celebrated on January 5th. This is the perfect opportunity to learn all about different kinds of birds. While you might only be seeing a few birds around this time of year, it's a great time to dive into these cute little chirpers that surround us. Teach your preschooler about nesting, eggs, and migration with this engaging activity pack.
National Hat Day
Pull out your favorite hat on January 15th because it’s National Hat Day! This is a great holiday to have hat day in your classroom. Caps for Sale is a great story to read to celebrate this fun holiday.
Appreciate a Dragon Day
Have you appreciated a dragon lately? If not, January 16th is the perfect opportunity as it's Appreciate a Dragon Day. Celebrate with your preschoolers by planning some Medieval Fantasy themed activities, or letting them use their imaginations to draw their favorite dragon.
Martin Luther King's Birthday
MLK Day is January 17th which is a perfect day to talk with your preschoolers about topics like being, caring, acceptance, inclusion, and celebrating one another. Grab this free patterning activity, and be sure to discuss this important holiday with your young learners.
National Popcorn Day
Celebrate National Popcorn Day on January 19th. Popcorn is a great snack but it's also a fun topic to learn about. Spend a day learning about popcorn with your preschoolers. Check out this collection of activities all about popcorn.
National Puzzle Day
Time to pull out your favorite puzzle because January 29th is National Puzzle Day!
Puzzles are a great learning opportunity for preschoolers. Simple puzzles help preschoolers develop fine motor skills and problem-solving skills. Puzzles also play an essential role in hand-eye coordinator and critical thinking skills!
Bath Safety Month
Before grabbing those bubbles and heading to the tub, take a few minutes to educate yourself with some safety tip resources from Scholastic, on the importance of keeping your kids safe in one of their favorite places, the bathtub. Practicing safety while your child is in the bathtub is extremely important in preventing accidents from happening. Talk to your preschoolers about some necessary safety measures they can take while in the water.
National Braille Literacy Month
We recognize the blind and visually impaired during January for National Braille Literacy Month. Take this time to introduce your preschoolers to braille and teach your students about the visually impaired.
National Hobby Month
Do you have a favorite hobby? Or, maybe you are ready to pick up a new hobby. During this month, we celebrate National Hobby Month. This holiday comes at a perfect time as we start the new year—what better time to pick up a new hobby. From cooking to baking to sewing, there are so many unique hobbies out there. It's a great time to introduce hobbies to your preschoolers, and they might just find one they love!
Hot Tea Month
January is National Hot Tea Month, and while preschoolers might not be spending their time drinking hot tea. They sure love having tea parties. Host a tea party in your classroom. And enjoy a cup of hot tea yourself!
National Oatmeal Month
Get ready to enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal this month because it's National Oatmeal Month. Oatmeal is a signature breakfast item that has been around for decades. But, oatmeal is used for so many other delicious foods like cookies, muffins, and even smoothies. One of my favorite ways to use oatmeal is in sensory bins, and preschoolers love the texture! Try it out in your next sensory bin.
National Soup Month
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