These July preschool themes are full of fun and active play, new experiences, and include the perfect book ideas to fit any topic! For even more amazing theme ideas, check out our ultimate list of preschool themes!
July begins by celebrating Independence Day with patriotic parades, fireworks, and cookouts filled with tasty treats and time spent with family and friends. It’s the perfect time to watch nature with a keen eye, explore the open outdoors, and learn something new! These July themes will have your preschoolers getting up close and personal as they create, bake, and stay busy with these spot-on summertime themes!
I’ve even made a free printable preschool theme list to help with all your planning!
July Preschool Themes
All About Me Theme
Children, much like adults, love to talk about themselves! Children can learn about their own features and attributes, as well as their community. Make it easy with done-for-you all about me lesson plans! This is an easy place to incorporate name recognition and activities, such as tactile name writing practice or this simple craft. We also have a whole list of all about me activities! And all about me books are perfect for circle time.
Grab the free All About Me poster below to guide your preschoolers as they share how truly unique they are!
Don’t miss the monthly self-portrait journal, available from Preschool Teacher 101! We’ve also got all about me lesson plans for either preschoolers or toddlers in our preschool store or toddler store!
The world is your oyster here (possibly literally!) So much to choose from: mimic animal movements, learn about habitats, read some of the million books starring animals, talk about different sizes, listen to rare animal sounds, or make a craft! There’s even lots of amazing animal songs! You can start with your class’s favorite animal and go from there.
We’ve got a set of animal yoga cards that you can grab for FREE! Yoga is great for mindfulness and gross motor skills, and these cards are a wonderful tie-in to an animal theme!
Don’t miss the adorable book Wild Animal Babies written by the creator of Preschool Inspirations! This brand new animal book is a must-have for your bookshelf! Journey through the wild animal alphabet and learn about new and unique animals. From bobcat to kinkajou, narwhal to umbrellabird, this book will have your little one learning their ABCs… and animal facts, too! Did you know jackrabbits use their jumbo-sized ears to cool off in the hot desert? Or that rhinoceros calves roll in the mud to protect their skin? The adorable artwork will have you oohing and ahhing over all 26 animal babies and their mommas.
Big or small, preschoolers love playing with balls! It’s the perfect gross motor activity to get outside and kick, throw, and bounce balls. Check out The Ball Book to discover all kinds of rolling balls, even ones you may not have thought of! Make ball art, have a ball bouncing competition, and race different balls down a slide to see which is fastest! A theme on balls is a rolling good time! See more fun ball ideas in our list of free preschool games.
Bounce over to Preschool Teacher 101 for an entire ball lesson plan.
We dream all year of warm weather and beach days! If you are fortunate enough to live by the water, nothing beats exploring the beach in all its beauty. If not, you can bring the beach to you with this fun sensory play recipe that feels just like beach sand. Discover lots of ocean animals in the book Little Kids First Big Ocean Book. After reading about new and interesting ocean animals, make an ocean creature discovery bottle!
Swim over to Preschool Teacher 101 and grab a whole beach lesson plan and make your theme a splash!
Bubbles = perfect summer fun! They mesmerize kids of all ages and preschoolers especially find them fascinating! Blow big or small bubbles, add paint to them, put them in your sensory table… the ideas are endless! Read Bubble Trouble and imagine what happens when the baby gets caught inside a bubble! Sprinkle in some STEM with a kitchen sink bubble explosion.
Check out Preschool Teacher 101 for an entire bubbles lesson plan.
Bugs and Insects Theme
Bugs and insects are different, and it’s fascinating to find out what those differences are. This is one of the most popular preschool theme studies because children are fascinated with and love to explore and observe bugs. Captivate their attention with ladybug facts for kids, of course, don’t forget about the butterflies with these fun butterfly facts!
Camping is the perfect way to build memories, disconnect from technology all while diving into nature fun! Spend the whole day outside…set up a tent or fort made with blankets or sheets. Read these great camping books in your tent, Llama Llama Loves Camping or Pete the Cat Goes Camping. Make yummy s’mores and pull out a flashlight to explore the night. Too hot or rainy to camp outside? Turn your indoor dramatic play area into a campground.
Or get lots more ideas with these camping lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101.
Mmmm…everyone loves chocolate and it sure sounds like a delicious summer theme! Tie it into camping and s’ mores or celebrate Chocolate Day on July 7th with some fun chocolate treats, like these easy healthy fudgsicles! Learn how chocolate is made, melt it or bake with it…the options are endless and will have your preschoolers begging for another sweet activity.
Jump over to Preschool Teacher 101 for a tasty chocolate lesson plan.
Hang out in the kitchen on those rainy summer days! Bake some tasty cookies on July 9th for National Sugar Cookie Day or some yummy blueberry muffins on July 11 for National Blueberry Muffin Day! Experiment with making new recipes like homemade ice cream, plan a yummy snack you can enjoy during tea time, or experiment with anything else that gets kids excited about the kitchen. Read Mr. Cookie Baker and learn all the steps to making delicious cookies! Snuggle up with Stir, Crack, Whisk, Bake, and enjoy this interactive baking story.
Enjoy all the great cooking activities over at Planning Playtime.
One of the most beloved preschool themes! Farms are great for sensory activities and learning about animals through farm books and farm songs. You can even use the animals as a gateway to math with our farm animal ten-frames and these farm counting mats!
Fish are such interesting animals! They come in all shapes and sizes and live in all types of water. The childhood favorite book The Rainbow Fish teaches us how to be a good friend. After reading, make your own Rainbow Fish with this rainbow fish art project.
Grab a whole sea of ideas with these fish lesson plans from the great teachers over at Preschool Teacher 101.
Learning about new places is a great theme for summertime. Preschoolers love to share their travels and the places they have visited. This theme lends itself to learning about new, faraway places and discovering all the features of a map! The book Me on the Map is perfect for helping preschoolers see where they live on a map, and check out this me on the map craft!
Travel to our store and grab the Around the World lesson plan for extra ideas!
Hot and Cold Theme
What better season to experiment with hot and cold than summer? These hot summer days are perfect for diving into ice and frozen fun! Your preschoolers will love playing with ice and watching ice melt in this ice cube melt experiment. Get hands-on and make colored ice shapes. Pour warm water onto frozen ice and see what happens! It’s also easy to incorporate weather into this theme since summer can be so hot.
Ice Cream Theme
We all scream for ice cream! It is the perfect theme for this month since July is National Ice Cream Month! What a great time to try new ice cream flavors while enjoying something cool and refreshing. Get your preschoolers excited about this theme with a sprinkles ice cream writing tray! Or make some ice cream scented bubbles.
They are perfect to use with mini erasers, gems, seasonal manipulatives, or anything you have that your little learners would be interested in.
Learning how to be calmer, manage energy levels, and find relaxation is so helpful for preschoolers who are always managing big emotions. This is the perfect theme for introducing yoga, and the easiest way is with our FREE animal yoga pack!
If you’ve already got the FREE animal yoga pack and still want more, you can grab these yoga cards in our store!
For even more great mindfulness and emotional learning opportunities, check out the emotions lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
A perfect way to fill your preschool curriculum with ocean creatures, ocean sensory bottles, shells, sea stars, an ocean-themed sensory bin, and more. We’ve got a whole list devoted to ocean activities! Have you seen all the amazing ocean books and ocean songs there are? You can also tie this into your moon theme by discussing tides, currents, and other ocean phenomena. Incorporate the theme in your math center with these ocean animal counting mats.
Learning about this great land is a perfect July theme! Those of us in the United States celebrate Independence Day on July 4th so this month is full of opportunity to learn about what makes America unique. This can include learning about the flag, national anthem or songs, coins, American traditions, or other important symbols. Check out this adorable book, Corduroy’s Fourth of July, for a fun patriotic adventure!
Check out the red, white, and blue American lesson plan at Preschool Teacher 101.
Kids love spending time with their pets so why not make it a fun preschool theme? Preschoolers love their pets and love to talk about them even more! Incorporate the hilarious book The Pigeon Wants a Puppy as a read-aloud and have your little ones giggling with delight! Your preschoolers will certainly relate to a dog and cat theme! Or go a little out of the box and have your children make their own pet spider.
Everyone loves a picnic! There is something magical about eating somewhere new! Don’t forget to bring along the hot dogs because July is National Hot Dog Month! Enjoy the perfect book, Let’s Have a Picnic, and get creative as you set up a picnic with your preschoolers! Or bring your teddy bears along and enjoy The Teddy Bears’ Picnic!
Summertime is full of rain showers and seasonal storms. Plan a theme around playing in the rain and learning where rain comes from. This theme ties perfectly into the changing weather and how rain nourishes the Earth. Get artsy with this cute rain cloud suncatcher craft! Or go on a rainy day adventure with Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm!
Need an entire rain lesson plan? Preschool Teacher 101 has made this wonderful rain themed lesson plan.
Rainbows are so magical! Preschoolers LOVE rainbows and there are so many fun possibilities for learning. We have so many great rainbow resources for your preschoolers… rainbow games, science activities, fine motor practice, sensory play, discovery bottles, process art activities, sight words, crafts, and much more! Here’s a great rainbow story, How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow, that teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance.
If you need even more rainbow lesson plan ideas, you are in luck because Preschool Teacher 101 has them in their store.
Preschoolers definitely notice when the season/weather starts to change. It’s a great idea to begin with your current season and then lead into the other seasons. This is a great theme for comparing and contrasting the seasons, the weather, temperatures, and more! For some supplemental activities, you can consider adding a book or a hands-on craft or art project from each season, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Watch and be amazed as a tree goes through the four seasons with this book, Watching the Seasons.
Find done-for-you lesson plans for each season in the seasons bundle in our preschool store.
Seashells come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The summer months are perfect for teaching preschoolers about where shells come from, what creatures live inside, and the names of some common shells. The story Seashells by the Seashore is perfect for introducing young children to the animals that make and live inside each shell.
Grab more ideas in this shell lesson plan from our friends at Preschool Teacher 101.
Sharks are such interesting creatures…from their rows and rows of teeth to their powerful status in the ocean, there is much to learn about them! There is even a whole week dedicated to sharks every year in late summer, which is a perfect time for a shark theme! Read this shark-y twist on a classic tale, The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark! Plus, it’s a great week to work on Baby Shark songs and preschoolers LOVE Baby Shark!
Being involved in sports, whether on an organized team or just for fun, is such a wonderful way to encourage health and fitness! This preschool theme is so loved because young children love learning new games and they certainly love to move! Get your little ones excited about active play with these fun stories- Pete the Cat: Play Ball and Froggy Plays Soccer.
Summer is full of fun! Pools, beaches, vacations, and of course lemonade. Check out this pool noodle name recognition activity, and a whole list of pool noodle learning hacks! Make healthy fudgesicles and bring the beach to you with some sensory play. This is a great theme for the end of the traditional school year or during the summer months. We’ve got a whole list of summer preschool themes and summer preschool activities to make your planning easier! You can see our summer lesson plans in both our preschool store and our toddler store.
Preschoolers are so intrigued by anything with wheels. Learning about different modes of transportation is perfect during the summer months! Many families travel to new places and go on summer vacations on buses, planes, and trains! Gather lots of different types of vehicles…land, sea, and air and create a fun sensory bin. Incorporate some fun transportation games, or read the Little Kids First Big Book of Things That Go to learn about the special features of each vehicle!
Summertime sure provides us with lots of weather! Preschoolers can be frightened of various types of weather so this theme is perfect for helping them see the beauty of mother nature. Grab the book All About Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids and help your little ones better understand how different types of weather occur. Plan special activities for each type of weather… sunshine, rain, snow, etc. And don’t miss our list of weather songs, perfect for circle time!
There is one fruit that screams summertime, you guessed it… watermelon! Watermelon is such a refreshing fruit, filled with black seeds, perfect for planting or using for science or math activities. But what happens if you swallow a watermelon seed? Find out in this adorable book, The Watermelon Seed.
Zoo Animals Theme
Going to the zoo is so exciting and a great opportunity to visit with so many interesting animals! This theme also ties in perfectly with an animal or habitat theme. Read the adorable zoo books The View at the Zoo and Night, Night Zoo, and help your preschoolers wish sweet dreams to their favorite animals. Check out our best animal book list for even more animal stories, and don’t miss the animal songs for some zoo animal songs! We’ve also got tons of amazing zoo animal facts for you – check out our bear facts, giraffe facts, and sloth facts for kids.
We sure hope these July preschool themes help you plan your summertime learning! For even more themes and ideas, visit The Ultimate List of Preschool Themes, or see our library below!
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