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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

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Preschool BusIn 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. 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 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.

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Preschool  Apple Activity Theme

The Apple Activity Theme includes counting and graphing lesson plans along with sensory, literacy and fingerplay activities. There are 2 Black & White Printable Coloring Pages available for the Preschool Apple Activity Theme.

  1. Apple with a Worm
  2. Apple Dancing

Preschool Teddy Bear Activity ThemeThe Teddy Bear Activity Theme is filled with literacy, dramatic play and sensory early childhood education activities. You'll find songs, a puppet, a bulletin board idea and even a dance for your Teddy Bears. There are 2 black & White Printable Coloring Pages available for the Preschool Teddy Bear Activity Theme.

  1. Teddy Bear
  2. Teddy Bears, adult & child

In both the All About Me and My Family Activity Theme there are lots of preschool and kindergarten activities that promote young children's self esteem and self identity. There are Home Connection and Parent Involvement ideas too.

Inside the Preschool Rainbow Resource Room you'll find Friendship Activities with lesson plans about sharing and kindness that help preschool and kindergarten youngsters develop social skills while getting acquainted.

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.Preschool Blowing Bubbles Theme

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.

  • Bubble Bottle

Creepy Crawlers ThemeIn 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.

  1. Creepy Crawler Basic Bug
  2. Ant
  3. Snail
  4. Spider
  5. Ladybug

Preschool Science Experiments Theme

In the Science Experiment Activity Theme there are science discovery experiences for preschool and kindergarten children that promote the development of bservation and prediction skills as the youngsters explore their environment and actively construct their own knowledge using fun, inexpensive science experiments.


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 spring, summer, fall and winter, 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.

pre-k book Preschool Books Listed by Themes
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 reatures. 

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
and Friends


Outdoor Play

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Rhyme, Songs 
Finger plays 

Small Group

Toddler Theme

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