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
Animals are the ultimate theme! There are so many features of animals to explore. Get active and mimic animal movements, learn about habitats, read some of the million books starring animals, talk about their different shapes and sizes, listen to rare animal sounds, or get artsy! You can start with your class’s favorite animal and go from there. Check out our animal book list for great read-aloud ideas and don’t forget our adorable animal songs for great toe-tapping fun!
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.
For more great animal fun, grab an animal lesson plan in our store!
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.
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
July is the perfect time to be outside, observe bugs and insects, and observe their differences. This theme is a huge hit with preschoolers because they love to get up close and use a magnifying glass to examine different kinds of bugs. Play this fun bug game and read Bugs A to Z to learn about all kinds of insects. Don’t forget about the butterflies!
Fly over to our store and grab our bugs and butterflies unit lesson plan for even more ideas.
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!
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.
Preschoolers love the farm! Preschoolers love learning about farm animals, how plants grow, and getting up close to big farm equipment. Use farm animals as a math tool with these fun ten frames! Enjoy this classic book The Big Red Barn and check out our farm book list for even more ideas.
Moo-ve over to our store for an entire farm themed lesson plan.
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.
Learning to be mindful is an important skill for preschoolers. Since summer is in full swing, take this chance to get out of the heat and head indoors to do some calming, cooling, mindful exercises. This is a perfect theme for introducing yoga, whether through books, kid yoga videos, or printable yoga cards and posters. Incorporate brain breaks to help relax or rejuvenate. Mindfulness can even be used outdoors!
This beloved theme is a true preschool favorite! Summertime is a great time to break out the ocean books and sea creatures for a fun-filled theme! Have you read Over in the Ocean? It’s a catchy book filled with vibrant clay ocean creatures. Get hands-on with this ocean-themed sensory bin or make these creative sea stars! Play some fun ocean games, or have an ocean-themed read-a-thon! Check out this great ocean book list for more ideas. You can also tie this into a moon theme by discussing tides, currents, and other ocean wonders.
If you need more ocean ideas, we have a sea of ideas in this ocean lesson plan in our store.
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.
Our friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have a pets lesson plan in their store for planning the perfect pet theme.
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 activities about each season, check out our winter, spring, summer, and fall activities. Watch and be amazed as a tree goes through the four seasons with this book, Watching the Seasons.
Want more resources for seasons? We have a great seasons lesson plan in our 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.
We dream of summer all year long. Water play, the sand and the beach, travel, and of course… watermelon! Use those summer pool noodles in a fun new way with this pool noodle name recognition activity! This is the perfect theme for the end of the traditional school year or during the summer months. Learn about all the exciting moments of summer with this perfect read-aloud, And Then Comes Summer.
For more fun summer ideas, check out our summer theme lesson plan in our 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!
For more ideas, visit our store for an entire transportation lesson plan.
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.
More weather ideas are available in our weather lesson plan in our store.
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.
Grab some fun watermelon activities in the watermelon lesson plan from our friends over at Preschool Teacher 101!
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!
Find an entire zoo lesson plan from our friends at Preschool Teacher 101.
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