Our April preschool themes are full of fun and easy ideas to keep your preschoolers learning, exploring nature, and enjoying the beauty of springtime. For even more amazing theme ideas, make sure to check out our ultimate list of preschool themes.
April is such a beautiful month… the flowers start to bloom and nature seems to be so full of life. We are blessed with soothing rains and cool breezes. As for the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers”, those welcome rains are a sign of the beauty that awaits us! Such a great time of the year to get out with your preschoolers and experience the fun of puddles, bugs, and pretty flowers.
April Preschool Themes
As April brings our attention to nature, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Earth and how we can make it a more beautiful place to learn, play, and work. Many of the April themes revolve around nature and plants, including:
- Birds Theme
- Bugs and Insects
- Earth Day
- Pond Life
Take the time to soak in this new month and share the beauty of nature with your preschoolers! These April themes will help you stay organized and save you time planning. Less time planning means more time to enjoy the beautiful weather change!
I’ve even made a free printable preschool theme list to help with all your planning!
Bears & Teddy Bears Theme
Who’s waking up from a long winter’s nap? Watch out, it’s a bear! Jumpstart your bear theme by reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and grab these themed activities to go along. Don’t forget to go on a Bear Hunt… your littles will LOVE it! Invite your preschoolers to bring in their own bears, well, a teddy bear that is! Enjoy a teddy bear picnic and sing rhyming songs like Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Your kids will be bear-y excited about this theme!
If you are looking for more ideas, check out the bear-themed lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
With spring upon us, a bird study is a great chance to learn about birds in your area! Help your preschoolers create a pine cone bird feeder and see what birds are already in your own backyard.
The amazing teachers at Preschool Teacher 101 even have a bird lesson plan in their store.
Pop! Pop! It’s bubble time! Bubbles are so fun and engaging and preschoolers go crazy for them! Make a kitchen sink bubble explosion and get your littles excited about science! Need ideas for a bubble sensory table? Kids will love making a bubble mountain during sensory play or a bubbly vinegar and baking soda volcano!
For even more bubble fun lesson ideas, check out Preschool Teacher 101 for a bubbles theme lesson plan.
Bugs and Insects Theme
This is one of the most popular preschool theme studies because children are SO fascinated by bugs and insects! Foster their curiosity and let them explore and observe bugs and consider creating a bug collection! Help build early literacy skills with this syllables bug game and bug book freebie. This adorable ladybug busy bag will build numeracy skills and keep little hands busy. And of course, don’t forget about the caterpillars and butterflies!
See our bugs and butterflies unit lesson plan for even more buggy ideas!
Earth Day Theme
Earth day reminds us of how important it is to take care of our Earth. This special day offers us the opportunity to teach about nature, recycling, and taking care of our world. Create earth day slime together for fun sensory play! Read The Lorax for the perfect story about being kind to the Earth.
If you need an Earth Day lesson plan, Preschool Teacher 101 has you covered!
Easter is such a fun holiday! It can be celebrated as a faith-based theme or as a non-religious holiday. Either way, it’s a holiday full of fun traditions! There are so many fun things to do with eggs… egg dyeing, egg tape art, Easter egg hunts, egg roll painting, and egg drip art just to name a few. Incorporate sensory play with this Easter slime recipe! Dance to the beat with these musical egg shakers!
Additionally, check out the whole Easter lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
Take time to stop and smell the flowers! In this April theme, learn about local flowers or take the time to plant your own favorites! Make colorful torn paper flowers or cupcake liner flowers! Go on a nature walk or water the flowers and trees.
Make sure you head to our store and grab the entire flower-themed lesson plan.
April is a great time to do some planting! Get littles one excited about gardening, fruits and vegetables, while learning what plants need to grow. Teach the life cycle and the parts of a plant to tie in important science skills.
For even more garden ideas, check out Preschool Teacher 101 for a wonderful garden theme lesson plan.
Pond Life Theme
What animals live in a pond? It’s quite a busy place with ducks, frogs and even lily pads! This is such a fun theme to learn about different habitats and animal traits. Blue Goose and 5 Little Ducks are awesome felt board stories to use with this preschool theme!
Hop over to Preschool Teacher 101 for an entire pond lesson plan.
April is the month for lots of rain showers! Use a rain theme to learn about the weather and the nourishment water brings to plants and animals. Get artsy with this cute and fun rain cloud suncatcher craft!
Need an entire rain lesson plan? Preschool Teacher 101 has you covered with a rain themed lesson plan.
Reuse and Recycling Theme
This great big world really needs our help. Teaching little ones how to reuse and recycle is crucial and an important lesson to keep this planet a beautiful one. This theme ties in perfectly with Earth day and learning how to care for our planet. Get your preschoolers thinking about reusing and recycling with their own artwork!
A rhyming theme is so fun to do… your preschoolers sure will appreciate you! Not only is rhyming a foundational piece of literacy but it’s a preschool favorite! Check out our rhyming stories, rhyming songs, and nursery rhymes, and rhyming fingerplays and get to rhyming!
Where do plants come from? A seed, of course! Preschoolers are fascinated with the magic of seed to plant. They will love Eric Carle’s book The Tiny Seed.
Preschool Teacher 101 also has plenty of great ideas in these seed lesson plans!
Spring is so full of life, sunshine, flowers and baby animals. Bring the outside in with this bright spring sensory bottle. Get crafty with this suncatcher. Don’t forget the music! These spring songs will have your little ones dancing and singing along.
Check out tons of ideas in the spring lesson plan in our store.
Weather is such an interesting preschool theme and perfect for introducing the rainy weather of April. Rain, snow, sunshine, thunderstorms… this theme is full of endless learning around all types of weather! Get hands-on with this snow dough.
Grab even more weather ideas in our weather lesson plan in our store.
Did you know that April 8th is Zoo Lovers Day? That makes April the perfect month to learn about all things zoo! Whether you go to the zoo or learn about the zoo through books and activities, this theme is packed with fun learning opportunities!
Get an entire zoo lesson plan from our friends at Preschool Teacher 101.