August Themes for Preschool

August can be a great time for introducing your preschooler to new ideas and learning. If you are the teacher of a preschool class, or a parent who wants to engage in some fun with their preschooler, there are plenty of ideas to keep you busy!  Best of all many of these ideas can be done outside as the weather in most places, is still nice. Take advantage of the learning attitude of your preschooler to enjoy some fun together! Here are some August themes for preschool-

  • Watermelon Day/August 3rd-This iconic fruit for summer is at its peak around the 3rd of August. It can be a fun way to teach your preschoolers about gardening, food, and even letters. Be sure that you cap off this theme with some cool, juicy slices of watermelon, for everyone!  Here are some ideas to get you started-

 

Books to Read:

One Watermelon Seed

By Celia Barker Lottridge

Watermelon Day

By Kathi Applet

 

Watermelon Chant-Preschoolers love chanting this and don’t even realize they are working on learning their letters as well.

A-B-CDE

Watermelon is good for me.

F-G-HIJ

I can eat it everyday.

P-Q-RST

Ripe and very juicy

U-V-WXY

You will like it if you give it a try.

Z-Z-ZZZ

Watermelon is good for me.

 

Sponge-Painted Watermelons-This delightful craft is easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of hard to find craft materials.

You will need:

½ paper plate for each child

Sponges for painting

Red and green paint

Watermelon seeds

Glue

Have the children sponge paint watermelons on a half paper plate. They do this by painting the green rind on the outside, the red fruit on the inside and let dry. Then have the children glue a given number of seeds to the fruit.

 

Watermelon Magnets

You will need:

Red Styrofoam plates

Green tissue paper

Watermelon seeds

Glue

Small magnets

Have an adult cut the plates into four equal sections. Have the children cover edge of each section with cut up squares of green tissue paper for the rind. You will need save watermelon seeds and have children glue five or six seeds on their slice of watermelon. Attach a magnet on back and they have a cute summer refrigerator magnet.

 

Watermelon Pops-These yummy treats are easy to make and will go along perfectly with this theme.

You will need:

4 cups watermelon cubes

4 (7 ounce) paper cups

4 Popsicle sticks

Remove the black seeds from watermelon cubes and puree in blender. Pour into     paper cups. Place sticks in cups and freeze until firm. (If you put a small piece of    aluminum foil on the top of each cup & poke the stick through it, it will hold the             stick in place until it is frozen.) To eat, tear paper cup from the frozen pop.       Yummy to eat outside on a hot day!!

  • Tooth Fairy/Dentist Day August 22nd-Preschoolers are excited to begin losing their teeth. There are lots of fun ways to introduce them to the importance of dental hygiene.

 

Books to Read:

Going to the Dentist

By Anne Civardi

Dear Tooth Fairy

By Pamela Duncan Edwards

 

Field trip-Many dentist will open up their office, for visitors. Contact dentists in    your area to see if a field trip is possible.

 

Tooth Fairy boxes-Small wooden boxes can be found inexpensively at your local   craft store.

You will need:

One box for each child

Assorted craft paints

Stickers-preferably of teeth

Glitter pens

Give each child a box and let them decorate it, as a keepsake for the teeth they will lose.  Encourage their creativity as they make their tooth fairy boxes. When finished you can spray the boxes with a craft finish, to protect the decorations.


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Ma Kettle July 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Watermelon Chant – alternative rhyme for Canadians for Z (pronounced /zed/where I live) :
“Outside is green and inside is red.”

Love the ideas!

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Ma Kettle July 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Oh! What is the K-O line?

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