They say that April showers bring May flowers, but this year, the new month is bringing with it some warmer weather (hopefully!) and a list of April preschool themes!
April Preschool Themes
From bugs and butterflies to weather and rainbows, this list of preschool themes has plenty of ideas to keep you and your preschoolers busy all month long.
Bugs and Insects
With the warmer weather comes the bugs and insects making it the perfect time to teach your little ones all about these tiny creatures.
As the temperatures rise, so do the plants and April, being Lawn and Garden Month, is the perfect time to try planting a few seeds and taking note of all of the flowers that are popping up all around you.
Started in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. While taking care of our Earth, our environment is a big responsibility, there are so many things that little ones can do to help and teaching them a few of these with a theme unit dedicated entirely to Earth Day is a great way to start.
Continuing along the same lines as the Earth Day theme unit, one devoted to recycling can be a ton of fun! Gather supplies ahead of time and teach your preschoolers the fun of recycling by showing them how to reuse old things to create something new.
While most have never heard of this special day, April 3rd just happens to be National Find a Rainbow Day.
From working on colors to learning a little about the science behind these incredible light shows, there are so many amazing things that you can include in a rainbow theme unit. Not to mention all of the bright and colorful rainbow books that you can add to your shelf for the duration.
These furry little creatures seem to just come out of the woodwork once the Spring season hits and there are so many ways to incorporate them into a fun day, or week, of learning. Use one of their favorite foods (acorns) to work on math or create a sensory bin. The possibilities are endless.
There is no better opportunity to teach your children all about changes in the weather than when it changing right in front of you.
Since Spring tends to bring with it a variety of different weather patterns, you’ll be able to learn about things like thunderstorms and warmer temperatures while observing them for yourselves.
Caterpillars and Butterflies
If you’ve never watched a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, well I’ll tell you, it’s something to see. It’s something that your preschooler is going to LOVE seeing. It’s also a fantastic way to teach them about life cycles.
Obviously, this one could easily fit into March as well. It will all depend on the year of course, but you could easily work on a number of concepts like colors, patterns, shapes, and more with a holiday preschool theme unit.
If you’re a zoo lover, you’ll be pleased to know that there is an entire day of the year devoted entirely to you! Whether you’re planning a field trip to your local zoo in honor of National Zoo Lovers Day on April 8th or just planning to learn about the various animals that call the zoo home, your kiddos will have a blast with this wild theme unit.
Kites and Wind
We’ve already covered weather, but did you know that April 12th is National Big Wind Day? Well, now you do!
Work on patterns, shapes, colors, and more. Add in a few science experiments, try to build a flying kite of your own, there is just so much that you can do with a theme unit on kites!
Community Helpers – Trash Collector
Finished with your spring cleaning? Where does all of that trash go? As curious as most preschoolers are, they’re probably all wondering the very same thing. Add a community helper theme to your list for the month and answer all of their burning questions about trash collectors and garbage trucks.