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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.

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The Spring Preschool Activity Theme has 2 web pages filled with ideas and learning activities for preschool and kindergarten children. Introduce preschool youngsters to the 4 elements needed for plant growth with the Photosynthesis activities and encourage fun with language as young children learn the Spring Fingerplays, songs and poems.


Inside the Preschool Rainbow Resource Room:

Mother's and Father's Day

In the early childhood Mother's and Father's Day Theme preschool and kindergarten children celebrate their parents with hands on art and craft activities and practical ideas for gifts that encourage cognitive learning, creative expression and the development of fine motor skills.

Preschool Graduation IdeasGraduation Ideas! Here you'll find ideas for dramatic presentations that can be adapted and used for preschool Graduation or "Moving On" celebrations. Show parents, family members and friends what preschoolers have learned throughout the year when youngsters perform simple skits that you create using these ideas and activities.

Preschool Bird ThemeThe 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.

  • Great Horned Owl
  • Meadowlark
  • Robin

Caterpillar & Butterfly  Activity ThemeIn the Caterpillar & Butterfly Activity Theme the Spring metamorphosis of the caterpillar to butterfly encourages preschool and kindergarten children to explore natural science, color, shape and creative expression. There are 3 black & white printable coloring and pattern pages associated with this preschool activity theme.

  • Butterfly
  • 2 Caterpillars
  • Chrysalis

Colorful  Rainbow Activity ThemeIn the Colorful Rainbow Activity Theme you'll find science and graphing lessons along with songs and art & craft activities that help make learning about colors enjoyable for youngsters. There is also a black & white printable worksheet / coloring page associated with this Colorful Rainbow Theme.

Circus and Clown Preschool Activity ThemeThe Circus and Clown Preschool Activity Theme has lots of plans for classroom circus trains, cooking and snack ideas plus 2 classic clown make-up recipes. Create your own preschool and kindergarten classroom circus with the art and craft activities, songs, rhymes and games found in this early education theme and have young children learning skills while enjoying themselves.

Because every circus needs healthy delicious treats don't forget the popcorn and the activities in the Popcorn Fun for Everyone Activity Theme. There are also 3 black and white printable coloring and pattern pages associated with the Circus & Clown Preschool Activity Theme.

  • Lion Mask
  • Clown Juggler
  • Circus Elephant

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 in 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 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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