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.
I’ve made a free printable preschool theme list to help with all your planning!
March Preschool Themes
All About Me Theme
We all know how much young children LOVE to talk about themselves! Use it to your advantage and get them talking and learning about their own special features and attributes, as well as their community. This is the perfect theme to incorporate name recognition, such as tactile name writing practice or this simple name craft. Grab All About Me poster below to guide your preschoolers as they share how truly unique they are!
Preschool is all about becoming more familiar with the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. This theme is a perfect back to school spotlight using alphabet books and hands-on activities. A perfect reason to read Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, sing alphabet songs, and do activities like practicing the letters of their name. Don’t forget about the alphabet posters too!
Preschool Teacher 101 has thought of everything so grab this amazing Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom lesson plan!
When do bears wake up from hibernation? That’s a great question to talk about this month!
One of our favorite bear activities is going on a bear hunt! We’re gonna catch a big one! Kids absolutely adore all things bears…teddy bears, the book Brown Bear, What Do You See? and of course, all the themed bear activities that go along with a bear theme. Bears are found everywhere, so you can use it to incorporate everything from geography to colors to counting, and learn some interesting bear facts along the way. Plus, it’s such a fun theme for back to school as you get students learning about each other and having fun throughout the day. Don’t forget a teddy bear picnic!
Our clever friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have a super fun bear themed lesson plan that’s sure to be a hit!
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 in our preschool store for even more great ideas!
A color theme is one of the best-loved! Help your preschoolers identify and match colors, learn about primary and secondary, and discover color magic when we mix colors! This color sensory bottle is mesmerizing as we watch colors mix to form new colors!
This is a perfect time to mix up a color-changing volcano, too! Giggle along with the crayons in, The Day the Crayons Quit, and learn about how the world is a better place when we have color and joy! Or sing these color songs that children absolutely love!
See our color lesson plans in our store for even more ideas!
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.
Need more activities? We’ve got you covered with a farm-themed lesson plan in our preschool store.
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.
This nature theme is a perfect excuse to go on an outdoor scavenger hunt or to play with flowers in the water table. You can make a flower sensory bottle too!
Looking for more flower ideas? Head to our early childhood store for an entire flower-themed lesson plan.
Gardening is a must-have theme. There is something magical and mesmerizing about planting seeds, adding a little water and sunshine, and watching it grow right before your eyes!
Even if you don’t have a garden or a greenhouse, you can plant seeds in cups or even in windowsills.
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!
Helping children learn to be more calm, intentional, and aware of their moods is a great transition to emotions and self-care. This is a perfect theme for introducing yoga, whether through yoga books or kid yoga videos. It’s also perfect to use brain breaks to promote gross motor movement and mental clarity! Plus, they can even be used outdoors.
Grab these yoga cards in our store!
Nursery Rhymes Theme
Learning through Nursery Rhymes and rhymes is a tried and true classic with young children. These rhyming stories are perfect for this theme!
Nursery rhymes are a great way to encourage reading as well as other literacy elements. Using nursery rhymes offers opportunities to learn rhyming, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and don’t forget the musical benefits!
Take it one step further with this nursery rhyme sorting activity!
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!
We certainly hope these March preschool themes help you save time and give you some great learning ideas. For even more themes and ideas, visit The Ultimate List of Preschool Themes.