Fun Preschool Theme Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Using themes allows preschool teachers to focus the activities that they use to teach preschool ideas, such as the alphabet, colours and counting. Typical themes include back to school, animals and colours. If you want to break out of the mould, use alternatives to these old standbys.

All About Me

Small children are just learning about themselves and their surroundings. Creating a theme based on the students can capture students' attention. You can focus on body parts, learning to spell names and members of the family as part of this unit.

Countries and Cultures

Children are often fascinated by the world around them and people that are different. Use a map to show students the different countries of the world and do hands-on activities to learn about different cultures. For example, you could taste Mexican food, learn an Irish dance or do some simple Japanese origami.


Gardening gives students a change to get their hands dirty, learn science and understand where food comes from. Read books about planning a garden, and learn the colours by looking at flowers. Plant tomato plants in your classroom, and let the students eat the fruit of their hard work.

Five Senses

Children can learn about how their bodywork and the many ways that they can learn about the world. Focus on a different sense each week, and plan activities that use these senses. For example, you could do finger painting during the "touch" week, taste different foods during the "taste" week and try to identify sounds during the "sound" week.

Sports Theme

Active kids may enjoy learning about sports. This preschool theme will help students develop their large motor skills. Teach about the different sports, learn some rules of the game, and then head outside so that students can try their hand---or foot---at playing the game.


Water is essential for life, and students may enjoy learning about it. Incorporate water into your activities. You can show students how to use watercolour paints or how to water plants correctly. A water table allows students to play in the water, pouring it and splashing in it. Prepare to get wet during this unit.

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Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.