Ice cream, watermelon, the beach, and more – summer preschool activities make summer fun for everyone! While not every preschool is open during the summer months, these activities are versatile. Use them as an end-of-the-school-year celebration, or maybe warm up in the winter by having a pretend beach day. No matter when these activities are used in the classroom, they are sure to be a HOT favorite!
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Summer Preschool Unit$10.00
Teach your young learners all about SUMMER, ice cream, watermelons, water sports, camping, and more in this complete Summer Preschool Unit. Ten days of complete lesson plans are included to make planning easy and stress-free!
- 10 circle time lessons
- 10 math, literacy, & fine motor centers
- Book Recommendations
Summer Art Activities
There are so many summer preschool activities for art, and it’s impossible to list them all!
- Watermelon Art – The most summer of all fruits as an art project!
- Ice Cube Painting – Also great in winter for penguins.
- Ocean process art – bring some of the big blue sea to the classroom.
- Splatter painting – Reach every child’s inner Jackson Pollock and make some fun splatter art!
- Water squirter painting – spray bottles and liquid watercolors make a lovely process art and fine motor activity.
- Bubble art – add a little liquid watercolor to bubble solution and blow bubbles onto paper!
- Rainy Day Sidewalk Chalk Puddle Art – by LemonLime Adventures
Summer Dramatic Play Themes
Dramatic play can have a summer twist as well. Try some of these fun ideas in the classroom dramatic play area:
- Lemonade Stand – A summer classic!
- Taco Truck – Too hot to cook? Food trucks to the rescue!
- Ice Cream Parlor – Everyone’s favorite frosty sweet summer treat!
- Farmers Market – Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh local produce!
Summer Preschool Circle Time Activities
During circle time, it is essential to remember the attention span of the students – about three minutes for every year of age. For a class of five-year-olds, this means circle time should only be 15 minutes long. Having several shorter “carpet time” meetings is a great way to refocus the group and provide a transition for restroom breaks, settling down for rest time, or wrapping up the day.
Carpet games are fantastic for circle time! They are quick and easy games that reinforce educational concepts in fun ways for students. Students hone their skills with numbers, shapes, colors, and more by guessing where the object is hiding. It takes thirty seconds to set up, about 15 seconds to learn, and only minutes to play! This means that it is perfect for those transitions as students wash hands, use the restroom, or get their things to go outside.
Summer Carpet Games – Just Click and Print!
Summer Carpet Games$8.00
These Summer Carpet Games for Circle Time are a quick and fun way for preschoolers to practice essential skills including colors, numbers, letters, and shapes during the Summer. Use them during circle time or as a transition activity. This includes 10 hide and find carpet games.
Memory tray games are so easy to put together, and the students love to play! It is another excellent way to foster crucial logical thinking and reasoning skills. Watching students engaging and using their thinking caps is a thrill every good teacher enjoys!
Grid games are a terrific way to introduce patterns, relationships, logical thinking, and reasoning skills to young children. Customizable for any theme, preparation is quick and easy!
Fingerplays And Chip Clip Poems
Summer-themed fingerplays and chip clip poems are another engaging way to keep students focused and learning for those small breaks! Chip clip poems are simple rhyming poems that count up or down as the pieces are added to or removed from the large central portion. Fingerplays are the same concept but without the fun props. Either one is great for practicing early addition and subtraction skills!
More Summer Preschool Resources
Are you looking for math and literacy centers for some summer fun? These fit the bill!
Great for the light table, the literacy center, or even the sensory table, word builder cards are a great way to add literacy to the preschool classroom.