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While it may be the shortest month of the year, February still offers a ton of fun opportunities for learning and this list of February preschool themes showcases that perfectly!
From learning about Groundhog Day with its furry little weatherman to embracing our inner cupid and learning to be good friends, there is so much to cover in the month of February and this list will hopefully help you get a jump start on your planning!
February Preschool Themes
Whether you’re a preschool teacher looking for themes to use in your classroom or you’re a homeschool parent wanting to add a few fun activities to your lessons for the month, there’s something for everyone on this fun list of February preschool themes!
February is naturally a perfect time for lessons revolving around kindness and how we should treat others and since family are our first relationships, this is a fantastic theme for introducing these lessons!
There are so many amazing books out there about families for preschoolers and you could even incorporate something like a family portrait craft, allowing your little learners the opportunity to share their families with their new school friends!
Just like family, friendship is a fantastic theme to incorporate during the month of February with National Make a Friend Day on February 11th and this list of books about being a good friend is a fantastic place to start planning your theme unit.
You could also easily make it work with Random Acts of Kindness Week, which is the second full week of the month, by combining the two together!
Have your preschoolers draw a few pictures for some of your local nursing home residents and mail them over! Your students will get to work on their fine motor skills and you’ll brighten someone else’s day at the same time!
If your kids are anything like mine at all, they love visiting the library and with February being National Library Lover’s Month, it makes perfect sense to learn all about the wonderful people that keep these places running!
Turn your dramatic play center into a library for the week and let your students work on their literacy and math skills as they pretend to check out books and learn about all of the things that librarians do.
Who doesn’t love a good story?!
Whether you’re recounting a few of your all-time favorite fairy tales or making up a few of your own, the week surrounding National Tell a Fairy Tale Day (February 26) is the perfect time to add a happily ever after kind of theme unit to your preschool lesson plans!
Read through some of your favorite fairy tale books, try out a few story themed sensory bins, or work on those small motor muscles with some fairy tale themed playdough mats; your toddlers and preschoolers are going to love it all!
Arguably the most famous of the February holidays, it just wouldn’t be a complete list of February preschool themes if we didn’t include this one and there are so many fun ways to incorporate learning activities into your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Shapes and colors are just the beginning!
While little ones don’t typically know much about the government, with this holiday always falling on the third Monday of the month, it makes it easy to kick off a week-long theme unit surrounding presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Will Punxsutawney Phil predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter? We may not have the answer yet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some fun groundhog themed activities while you wait!
In fact, this would be the perfect time to start teaching your preschoolers about light and shadow!
You can easily work in a matching game matching groundhog shapes to their shadows and even use these furry little creatures to practice the letters of the alphabet!
We love having the kids in the kitchen! What better way to enjoy a little hands-on learning than to spend some time making a few of their favorite foods. Not only is February the Great American Pie Month, it also happens to be National Bake for Family Month so the timing couldn’t be better.
There are so many amazing resources out there for cooking in the classroom! You could have your students work on following directions, measuring, and more by following a few simple picture recipes and letting them make their own snacks! Many of those snacks can also be adapted to fit into different theme units making cooking a skill that you can work on all year long!
After all of the sweet treats that inevitably come with celebrating Valentine’s Day, the end of the February, which is actually National Children’s Dental Health month, would be the perfect time to teach your preschoolers all about dental hygiene and the community helpers that help them keep their mouths healthy.
Make it fun by practicing those brushing skills by painting with toothbrushes or by sorting out food pictures based on whether they are good or bad for teeth.
Black History Month
The month of February is also black history month which makes this the perfect time to introduce your preschoolers to some incredible historical figures!
There are so many books, printables, and even songs out there that can help you teach your preschoolers all about the amazing men and women, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, that helped change history!
These fun little rhymes and stories fit very nicely with fairy tales if you choose to include that in your theme list for the month and they are a fantastic way to introduce your preschooler to the concept of rhyming words.
Did you know that here in the U.S. we have an entire day dedicated to this favorite food? Well, now you do!
With National Pizza Day falling on February 9, you could easily use this tasty treat to create a few activities to work on cooking skills, shapes, colors, and so much more!
Have them try their hands at making their very own pizza bagels for lunch or have them work on their counting skills by counting pizza toppings!
Planning ahead? Make sure you check out these preschool theme ideas for March as well!
Are your preschoolers fascinated by animals? Spend a week or two this month learning all about the animals that come out only after everyone else is in bed for the night.
These fascinating creatures offer so many amazing learning opportunities and it’s so easy to make learning about them fun!
Talk about a few different animals, for instance, and then let your students work on sorting out the animals that are awake during the day from those that come out at night or grab a flashlight and have your preschoolers find the hidden nocturnal animals with a set of fun flashlight cards!
Not feeling the fairy tale theme? Put a little spin on that classic unit study by throwing some dragons into the mix of your list of February preschool themes!
Create a dragon themed sensory bin or work on those gross motor skills while getting out some of that excess energy by having your class pretend to be dragons themselves!
The colors, the masks… The possibilities are endless. Learn about the colorful celebration of Mardi Gras as it approaches on February 13.
Make your own Mardi Gras masks or build some out of play dough. Read some stories about Mardi Gras or learn about the history of the celebration while putting on your own parade. There is so much that you can do with a theme like this!
100th Day of School
Now, this one is a bit tricky as the timing will depend on your schedule and will vary for everyone, but for most, this fall sometime in February and there are so many fun ways to celebrate while working in a little extra counting practice.
Dress like a 100 year old for the day, count out 100 goldfish for snack, or even sing (and count) along with a few silly videos!