Get the best and most inviting summer preschool themes for lesson plans that both children and teachers love!
Oh, summer — warm weather, trips to visit family or explore new places, freedom! Is there anything better than being a kid in the summer? Everything seems better; everything tastes sweeter in the summer. Henry James said, “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”. I’d have to agree with his thinking. There is nothing as ideal as a summer afternoon.
That doesn’t mean that summer isn’t without its challenges. You’re busy enough without having the added extra of needing to come up with weekly themes and to plan lessons and activities for your kids!
Summer Preschool Themes
Since summer is such a busy time, it can be challenging to think of new themes and plan activities to help build new learning. That’s why we’ve put together a list of summer-themed ideas to help you get started with lesson planning. These lessons all focus on summer-based themes, including:
- All About Me Theme
- Around The World Theme
- Beach and Seashells Theme
- Bubbles Theme
- Bugs, Bees, and Butterflies Theme
- Camping Theme
- Farm Theme
- Field Day Theme
- Flowers and Trees Theme
- Fruits and Vegetables Theme
- Ice Cream Theme
- Mindfulness and Yoga Theme
- Ocean Theme
- Picnics Theme
- Rainbows and Weather Theme
- Sharks Theme
- Space Theme
- Summer Theme
I’ve made a free printable preschool theme list to help with all your planning!
All About Me Theme
Summertime is a great time to explore personal interests and learn more about each other! Children can learn about their own features and attributes, as well as their community. This is an easy place to incorporate name recognition and activities, such as tactile name writing practice or this simple craft.
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Around The World Theme
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!
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Beach and Seashells Theme
If you’re lucky enough to live in a coastal area, this is a perfect opportunity for a field trip! Otherwise, you can make a sensory play recipe that feels just like beach sand. Talk about the unique creatures and the different textures. Also a great time for an ocean creature sensory bottle! While you’re studying about the beach, why not explore seashells as well? This is also a great opportunity for kids to learn about how seashells are formed and what animals live in seashells, along with the different types and colors of seashells. This alone is a fun theme but the tie-in options are endless!
Is there anything more magical than bubbles? Summer is a great time to explore and to play with bubbles as much as possible. Blow with them, paint with them, put them in the sensory table, and more. Every preschooler loves bubbles! Make a kitchen sink bubble explosion for a themed sensory science experiment.
Get an entire bubbles lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
Bugs, Bees, and Butterflies Theme
Summer is a busy time for our insect friends. Our pollinators are especially busy this time of year. You can break this summer preschool theme out into several weeks, or do a quick overview of different types of bugs.
Bees are one of the hardest workers on the planet who have a very important job. They help us take care of some of our most important plants and flowers. This torn paper flower craft is an easy tie-in as you talk about these busy helpers. You can also learn about pollination and patterns. Maybe you can even spot some busy bees near your home!
Don’t stop at just bees…learn about other bugs and insects and learn about their similarities and differences. This is one of the most popular preschool theme studies because children are fascinated with and love to explore and observe bugs. Get more ideas in this bug-themed lesson plan from Planning Playtime. And of course, don’t forget about the butterflies!
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Summertime is the perfect time to go camping, explore outdoors, and experience nature. However, camping can be just as fun indoors! Building an indoor tent might be just the thing for a rainy afternoon. Set up a sleeping area or make indoor s’mores! This is a great reason to pull out the flashlights and to talk about spending the night in nature. Or turn your dramatic play area in a campground.
Check out Preschool Teacher 101 for a full unit of camping lesson plans.
Preschoolers love the farm! Preschoolers love learning about farm animals, how plants grow, and getting up close to big farm equipment. Use farm animals to learn with these fun ten frames! Enjoy hot summer days feeding animals and reading about them in our farm book list.
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Flowers and Trees Theme
Get children excited about flowers, plants, and what plants need to grow with a preschool flower theme. Learn about local flowers and trees, plant seeds, and watch them grow! This theme has endless ideas and is a big hit with preschoolers!
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Fruits and Vegetables Theme
Want a preschool theme that’s more than just apples? Talk about all the fruits and vegetables! What makes them different, how to grow them, how they taste, and why they are good for us!. This is a great time of year to put in a summer garden and explore yummy summer vegetables.
The talented teachers over at Preschool Teacher 101 have put together this amazing vegetable lesson plan!
Ice Cream Theme
Ice cream is a kid favorite so using it as a preschool summer theme is a fantastically sweet idea! Have you tried this 3-ingredient ice cream scented bubble recipe? We especially love this ice cream writing tray!
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! Check out our list of must-read kid yoga books!
A perfect theme for summertime! An ocean theme is so much fun! Learn about unique ocean creatures like sea stars, discover unique shells, explore an ocean-themed sensory bin, and more. Or check out our full list of ocean books for kids! You can also tie this into your moon theme by discussing tides, currents, and other ocean phenomena. Study this theme individually or combine the ocean theme with the sharks, beach, and seashells theme.
If you need more ocean ideas, we have a sea of ideas in this ocean lesson plan in our store.
Everyone loves a picnic! There is something magical about eating somewhere new! Read this 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! Bring in some fun music with The Ants Go Marching!
Rainbows & Weather Theme
Rainbows are so magical and with these wet summer storms, there’s a good chance you might catch a glimpse of one in the sky! Learning about rainbows is such a fun theme to explore. The supplemental activities are endless – rainbow games, science activities, fine motor practice, sensory play, discovery bottles, process art activities, sight words, crafts, songs, and much more! This theme transitions nicely to learning about the weather… and summer weather can be unpredictable and so exciting!
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There’s a whole week dedicated to sharks every year in July or August, which is a great time for a shark theme! What other animal has as many teeth as a shark? Practice counting high digit numbers by counting their teeth. Plus, it’s a great week to work on Baby Shark songs!
There are so many ways outer space can be a ‘blast’. Stars, moons, and planets are just some of the miraculous things you can teach kids about space. Make a night sky sensory bin for some themed sensory play! You can incorporate math by using these space-themed number writing practice cards, make a rocket ship out of a cardboard box, or doing constellation activities. On a clear night, look at the stars or see if there are any astrological events happening in your area, such as a meteor shower, eclipse, or blue moon. Or, show kids pictures and talk about life on the International Space Station!
If you’re in need of an entire space lesson plan, we’ve got you covered in our store.
Focusing on summer as a whole season is another great theme option! Summer is full of fun – beaches, vacations, lemonade, and of course the POOL! Check out this pool noodle name recognition activity, or a whole list of pool noodle hacks and learning ideas. This is a great theme for the end of the traditional school year or during the summer months.
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