Enter weekly themes!
Most preschool teachers have expertly put together themes and integrate activities, crafts and stories to tie it all together through the weeks! So you can absolutely do the same thing (on a smaller scale) for your kids at home! There are a few key elements to build from, and after that, only slight changes need to be made with each different theme.
Here’s how to put it together!
Choose a Theme
Last week, we focused on the ocean and I found some activities, books, stickers, etc. to go along with it.
Choose an Art Project
For our project, I put some blue and yellow finger paints on large paper for the boys to smear around. This lasted a pretty decent amount of time until they got bored. We let those dry and then followed up the next day by adding some ocean-themed stickers to their “oceans”. Again, this lasted longer than you might think!
For your art projects, think simple, cheap & engaging!
Choose a Science/sensory Activity
For this theme, though, I decided to go more of the sensory route and had the boys play with some ocean-themed water beads! These things can get a little messy, especially if you don't have a large area for them to be contained in, but the boys love digging their hands in and filling up little containers with them. This set was a gift and happened to come with some little ocean toys like sharks, seaweed and fish, so they also played with those.
Some more sensory play ideas could be homemade playdough, foam, beads, beans, rocks--really anything that they can dig their hands into!
Choose a Literacy/Math Activity
Letter matching, letter recognition, letter tracing are all places to start for literacy. There are typically a variety of themed handouts that you can print from Pinterest, blogs or Teachers Pay Teachers! For numbers, you can do similar activities and obviously add in some simple counting!
I made some easy name puzzles (just using a marker, construction paper & scissors) and some number cards (construction paper, stickers, marker & mini clothespins) for the boys and it was a nice, quick breakfast time activity to start the day!
Optional: Cooking, Outdoor Activity, movie or show
The idea behind this isn’t perfection! Do your best with the materials you have and be creative! If you have kids that are on the older side, have them help you prep activities for the little ones or even come up with their own activity to run! What are some of the themes you can come up with? I’m always looking for new ideas so be sure to share them!