Camping Theme Activities for Preschool

I love teaching a camping theme! It’s so fun to set up a tent and a pretend campfire in the classroom and pretend to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Camping is a great fall theme, but it works in the summer, too!

Camping Theme  Math Center – Count & Clip Cards

Preschool Camping Theme - math center

This is a fun math center for preschoolers! Children simply count the camping related items and then attach a clothespin to the correct number. You could also use a small manipulative (like marshmallows!) to place on the correct number instead.

Click here for the Camping Count & Clip Cards. 

 

Campfire Art Activity

Preschool campfire process art activity

Can you guess what tool we used to paint the campfire? Plastic forks! 

We cut out brown “logs” with construction paper–just brown rectangles. The students glued these to their papers. Then, they dipped plastic forks into red, orange, and yellow paint to create the campfire’s flames.

 

s’mores Literacy activity

S'more Literacy - Preschool Camping Theme Center

This is SO FUN! Preschoolers can build a s’more by matching the uppercase & lowercase letters with two beginning sounds pictures.  Click here to find the pack of S’more Literacy Activities. ‘

 

Easy S’mores SNACK

These s’mores are so easy to make, and they’re a lot less messy than “real” s’mores!

Preschool camping theme snack - easy s'mores

You’ll just need:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallow Creme/Fluff
  • Chocolate Icing

They taste just like actual s’mores, and your kiddos will love them! Older children can help you spread the icing and marshmallow creme onto the graham crackers.

My son and I made this at home and we added up making a dip by mixing the marshmallow creme and chocolate icing together. We dunked our graham crackers in the dip–it’s really good that way, too!

 

preschool camping theme bundle

Get a whole bundle of preschool camping printables here!

 

Preschool Books for Teaching About COVID-19

It’s hard enough for adults to adjust to the “new normal” of life in the time of COVID-19. But it’s even harder for little ones to navigate these unprecedented times. (Are you tired of the phrase “unprecedented times”? Me too!)_

I found some books that can help you teach health and safety concepts to preschoolers during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Germs vs. Soap

This funny book shows the secret world of germs and how much theyabsolutely, positively do NOT like soap. Children need to learn proper handwashing skills in order to help prevent the spread of viruses, and a quirky book like Germs vs. Soap makes handwashing fun!

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The Best YouTube Channels for Preschoolers

Kids love technology, don’t they? And while I believe our focus as early childhood educators should mostly be on hands-on learning, sometimes a great YouTube video is exactly what you need to help you teach a certain concept or give your preschoolers a little “brain break.”

It can be hard to know where to begin with so many videos out there. I’ve also learned the hard way that you can’t count on everything that looks appropriate and educational to actually be suitable for preschoolers.  That’s why I’ve made a list of eight of my favorite YouTube channels for preschoolers to make it a little easier for you to find that perfect video.

 

1. Bounce Patrol

Bounce Patrol is a group of entertainers from Australia who make fun and silly songs for preschoolers! My preschoolers really love their Halloween songs–we played them over and over last October! I like them because their alphabet songs are so catchy, and the videos are visually stimulating. (For example, check out The Letter B Song.) I believe these videos really helped my preschoolers learn letter sounds.

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Playdough Recipe

I’m always looking for new playdough recipes that are simple and don’t have to involve cooking. I don’t always have access to a stove, and I want my kiddos to be involved in all of the steps.

 

I recently discovered you can make playdough with just two ingredients: icing and powdered sugar. I was pretty skeptical at first–because it doesn’t sound like those two ingredients combined would make anything remotely similar to pliable playdough. But it actually works! And it smells SO good!

 

The first batch of homemade playdough I made with icing was strawberry-scented and so delicious-smelling. But to go along with my first week of preschool theme, cookies, I wanted a Chocolate Chip Cookie Playdough!

Ingredients:

2 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Vanilla Icing

Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, stir or use an electric mixer to combine the powdered sugar and vanilla icing. It will feel very sticky at first!

If it’s still too sticky, add another tablespoon of powdered sugar.

Add a handful of mini chocolate chips once it’s well-blended. Add as many or as little as you want. We kept adding more and more to ours!

We used the cookie sheet playdough mats from my First Day of Preschool Activities resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. To make it even more fun, you can add cookie cutters, rolling pins, small cookie sheets, and other playdough toys!

I hope you enjoy making this edible cookie playdough with your students or children! It’s definitely a favorite of mine and I know we’ll be making it again soon.

Preschool Cookie Theme
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