March is the perfect month to dive into the beauty of springtime, and teaching preschool can be a breeze when you use March preschool themes! Explore the lovely springtime weather, learn about the life cycle of bugs and butterflies, and plant a garden and watch it grow from seed to sprout! These themes will have your preschoolers begging to be outside exploring the beauty of this new season. For more themed ideas to plan a whole year of preschool learning, check out our ultimate list of preschool themes!
Robin Williams said,
Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’
And party we will, as we watch the snow begin to melt (hopefully!) and the birds, bees, and bugs begin to buzz around us as they search for grub and green grass. March naturally lends itself to learning about the beautiful weather to come and the invitation of spring and sunshine. Several of our March preschool themes focus on teaching children about spring, weather, and living things, including:
- Bugs and Insects
- Plants and Life Cycles
- Pond Life
I’ve made a free printable preschool theme list to help with all your planning!
March Preschool Themes
Bugs, Butterflies, and Insects Theme
We know that kids are fascinated by bugs and insects but do they know how the two differ? It’s time to break out the magnifying glass and start observing! Incorporate butterflies and caterpillars for even more springtime learning. Get hands-on with a butterfly sensory bin, practice fine motor skills with these butterfly printables, and explore the life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly. Infuse math and literacy skills with these alphabet butterfly cards and use varied craft materials to teach symmetry.
Check out our bugs and butterflies unit lesson plan for even more great ideas!
Dr. Seuss Theme
March 2nd is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday! This is the perfect time to celebrate reading, literacy, and all things books! Dr. Seuss’ books are ideal for teaching young kids rhyming, rhythm, and simple sight words. Not to mention, Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved children’s authors and is known for his wacky and appealing text and illustrations. Check out this hot air balloon art project that is perfect for a Dr. Seuss theme. Read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and get your preschoolers hooked on reading!
With all the books and songs devoted to farm life, this theme is a major hit with young kids! Preschoolers love learning about farm animals, exploring farm equipment, and discovering how crops grow. Farms themes are perfect for sensory tables, taste-testing fruits and vegetables, and learning about farm animals. Infuse farm animals in your math lesson with this farm ten-frame activity.
A flower theme is a perfect tie-in to the magic of spring rain and the beauty of this next season! Learn about different types of flowers and get crafty with this colorful cupcake flower art or paper flower art.
Looking for more flower ideas? Head to our store for an entire flower-themed lesson plan.
Kids adore gardens! There is something magical and mesmerizing about planting seeds, adding a little water and sunshine, and watching it grow right before your eyes! Make a rain cloud craft as you talk about how the rain affects the garden. This theme is perfect for teaching about the life cycle, the importance of eating plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables, and the value of connecting with nature.
Dig deep into gardening with this garden theme lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
We love ladybugs! They are a symbol of good luck and are such an interesting insect! Did you know that ladybugs are both male and female? Brush up on your ladybug facts and grab The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle to get your ladybug theme started! Add in these ladybug counting bags for extra numeracy practice. Searching for more ladybug ideas?
Check out Preschool Teacher 101 and their amazing ladybug themed lesson plan!
Plants and Life Cycles Theme
A great way to ring in the magic of spring is with plants! Watching the change from tiny seeds to big, tall plants is a true wonder and will have your little ones brimming with questions! Utilize that curiosity and teach the life cycle with hands-on learning fun. Perhaps you can even create a greenhouse of your own and promote the love of taking care of plants and the benefits of being close with nature. Young children love to be in charge so channel that energy into the important role of gardening.
Pond Life Theme
What is so special about the pond? This unique place houses all kinds of animals, insects, fish, birds, and even amphibians! Throw in some engaging felt stories like Blue Goose and 5 Little Ducks to tie into your pond learning.
For even more pond ideas, head over to Preschool Teacher 101 for their pond theme lesson plan.
Ah, the beauty of Spring! Flowers, rainbows, the smell of the much-awaited rain. The cool weather and the glorious sunshine. Spring is like an invitation to be outside soaking it all in! If the weather is still a bit too cold to venture out, why not bring spring indoors? Decorate flowers with beautiful spring flower art, tear up some paper and make colorful paper flowers, and use cupcake liners for unique flower decorations! Invite the birds to your playground with a homemade DIY bird feeder using materials you can collect on a fun nature walk. Get your little ones excited about literacy and insects with this interactive bug game!
For even more spring activities, take a look at our spring preschool lesson plan.
St. Patrick’s Day Theme
St. Patrick’s day is such a fun holiday and one that kids adore! Shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns… it’s time to use your imagination, show off your silly side and be creative! Why not make ooey, gooey leprechaun slime? So much fun and a great sensory opportunity! If you’re looking to infuse some science learning, consider these rainbow science activities! Fill a rainbow discovery bottle, sing rainbow songs, and get colorful with marble art!
Grab some colored stickers for an easy rainbow name activity. This theme just got a lot more fun!
Seasons are such a relatable topic for children, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area with all four seasons! Kids experience the changing temperatures and weather and understand how that can impact their daily life and play. Plan a hands-on craft or art project from each season: winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Or grab even more ideas in our season lesson plans.
Where do plants come from? Well, a seed of course! Children love to plant seeds and watch in amazement as they go from seed to sprout to full plant. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a fantastic read!
For some awesome learning activities and ideas, check out these seed lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101.
Pine, oak, maple… no matter the tree type, they are fascinating and beautiful. They are home to so many animals and insects and provide us with so much! This theme is full of endless learning… how we use trees to make paper and furniture, as well as, the importance of trees for the air we breathe.
Our friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have even more learning ideas in their tree theme lesson plan.
Kids love gross, icky, and slimy things… what icky, slimy creature can you think of? Worms of course! Albeit worms are kind of “yucky” they do a lot for the land and are super interesting!
Check out this worm lesson plan over at Preschool Teacher 101 for all kinds of ideas!