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Theme units are, by far, one of our favorite ways to learn in the preschool classroom.
They are so easily adaptable to meet your students’ needs, interests, and abilities and young children have a much easier time making connections between the subjects when they are all tailored around a centralized theme filled with fun hands-on activities.
Now, we have a full list of preschool themes available for your to make sure that you have plenty of ideas to keep your and your preschoolers learning all year long, but after many requests, we’ve also broken them up into monthly theme lists to help you better organize your lesson planning this list of March preschool themes is the perfect way to get a head start on your Spring theme planning!
March Preschool Themes
While many of these themes create the perfect opportunity to learn all about the new life that abounds in the Spring, there are several that venture into kid-friendly holidays, authors, and artists as well.
The amount of learning that can take place during a farm theme unit is almost unparalleled. From how plants grow to the various types of animals, you could spend weeks trying a ton of new learning activities surrounding life on the farm without ever getting bored.
From working on those fine motor skills while building farm animals out of play dough to building those gross motor skills while learning all about how the animals move, there are so many fun printables and resources out there to help you build a fantastic farm theme for your toddlers and preschoolers!
Plants and Seeds
Feel like breaking up the farm theme a bit?
You could easily spend an entire week on plant and seed themed activities!
Counting seeds, sorting them, watching them sprout; there are so many ways to learn with a topic like this!
An obvious one for a list of March preschool themes, I know, but it deserved a spot on the list.
From the weather changes that you can observe outside to the bugs and signs of plant life that start popping up through the snow, there are plenty of new things to introduce your preschooler to with a Spring theme.
This would be the perfect time to take a nature walk and use the treasures that you find to make some fantastic spring-themed crafts or to talk about how the sunshine helps things grow and a few fun spring activities can help you teach your students all of these things!
Looking to add a little bit of cuteness to your learning?
A baby animals theme is the perfect way to do that!
Whether you’re matching baby animals to their parents or sorting and separating different types of animals, your preschooler will have more than enough to keep them engaged and learning.
In case you didn’t know, March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which makes this month the absolute best time to celebrate this iconic author.
From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, the week surrounding Read Across America Day, also celebrated on March 2, is the perfect occasion for a deeper dive into these silly stories. So make yourself a fun Seuss inspired snack and curl up with a good Seuss book!
If you’re already learning about the farm, the plants that are grown on it, and the chef that cooks the food that comes from it, why not throw in a lesson or two on nutrition as well?
It’s never too early to start teaching children about making healthy food choices!
Fruits and Vegetables
Not ready to dive head first into a full nutrition theme?
Get started instead with a fruit and vegetable theme unit!
You can easily practice colors and sorting, maybe even take a poll with friends and family on their favorite fruit or vegetable and graph the results.
Want to add in a little more science?
Start some vegetable seedlings indoors and observe them as they grow!
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday for kids and one that you could easily take advantage of for an educational theme unit!
Learn the colors of the rainbow and test your measuring and pouring skills by making your own rainbow inspired snack or some St. Patrick’s Day sensory bins. Find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or try your hand at counting a few gold coins or shamrocks.
No matter what you choose to do, adding a St. Patrick’s Day theme to your preschool lesson plans is sure to be a hit with all of your students!
Now, depending on the year, this one can fit into either March or April, but regardless of the month, there are so many opportunities for learning!
Whether you’re working on number sense with Easter eggs or matching patterns or colored bunnies, the possibilities for working on math and literacy skills while celebrating this holiday are absolutely endless!
Vincent Van Gogh
Born in the month of March, this is a fantastic time of year to start teaching your preschooler about various famous artists and their work.
While you could simply view his paintings and talk about them with your students, a Van Gogh theme unit would give you the perfect opportunity to introduce them to his work and use it to spark their creativity to create their own.
Explore different mediums, try making and using textures, mix the colors to find out what happens. Most importantly, get messy and have fun!
Spring is the season of new life and new beginnings which makes it the perfect time to begin introducing your preschooler to the concept of life cycles.
Whether you’re learning about insects, butterflies, and ladybugs or plants and animals that you might find around the pond, incorporating the stages of a life cycle into your learning instantly allows you to explore the science of nature with your students.
Community Helpers – Farmer
The perfect theme unit for children that loved learning about the farm!
Obviously, the farm can’t operate without a farmer and his/her job is an important one!
From planting and maintaining their crops to caring for their animals and getting the food that they’ve grown to the people who will eat it, a farmer’s work is never done and a theme unit all about the community helper can go a long way to teaching your preschoolers where their food comes from and the work that goes into getting it onto their plate.
Community Helpers – Chef
The farmer grew the food and in some cases, the supermarket sold the food, but who cooks the food?
Well, that question can be answered with another community helper theme unit. The chef!
Creating a pretend play kitchen with plenty of tools and pretend food offers a ton of learning opportunities for young children, but you could also help them create a few of their own snacks using some basic picture recipes. They’ll work on following directions, measuring, and more! They’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realize that they’re learning!