Incorporate the outdoors into themes to bring summertime into the classroom. Some fun themes include the Olympics, bugs and insects and gardening. While the summer is a great time to take a break from the daily grind of school activities, fun summertime themes help keep preschool students active, engaged and learning all while having fun.
A gardening theme offers lots of manipulative learning skills while also teaching young children about the process of planting and growing food and flowers. Seeds can be planted indoors and out. Books like "The Carrot Seed" and "From Seed to Pear" are fun stories for the children that can be acted out during dramatic play or circle time. If students plant fruits or vegetables, children can taste test the food they grew themselves.
An Olympics theme encourages games and teamwork. Have students create mascots and flags for their teams with basic art materials like paper, paint and markers. Movement activities play a key role in an Olympics-themed summer program. Obstacle courses and relay races are quick and easy ways to get everyone involved and teach good sportsmanship. Create an Olympic torch and pretend to pass it from student to student to encourage sharing and working together.
For kids who love bugs and insects, create a theme that lets them dig in the dirt and learn about their favorite creepy crawlers. Like gardening, studying bugs and insects allows children to spend a lot of time outdoors. Observe images of bugs and then go outside and search for them. Students can also dress up like their favorite bugs and act out their movements in dramatic play. Some art projects that can be incorporated into this theme include making bug rocks, fingerprint bugs, and puppets. Incorporate stories like "The Grouchy Ladybug" or "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" into circle time.