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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How to Make Adjustments to Your Preschool Classroom for Social Distancing

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What on earth does “social distancing” look like in the preschool classroom, and how is that even possible? How do you get your classroom ready for something like that?

That’s what I’ve been asking myself since March. I’m no longer teaching in the classroom, so I can’t even imagine what the struggle must be like for early childhood educators right now. I’ve seen the panicked, desperate questions in the many preschool groups I participate in on FB; many teachers and childcare workers have worked in centers that never once shut down for COVID-19. They had to make accommodations fast when there was limited information to go on, often with no pay raise and very little recognition for their efforts.

And they are all superheroes. 

I wanted to find out more about the kinds of adjustments and policy changes educators and caregivers are having to implement due to COVID-19, so I reached out to Stacy Harmon from Preschool Plans

Stacy teaches at a private play-based preschool in the San Francisco Bay area, and she was kind enough to share all kinds of advice for ECE teachers who are heading back to the classroom in the next few weeks. I’ll hand the post over to her now, because she explained everything so well.

Social Distancing in Preschool - Getting Your Classroom Ready During a Pandemic

2020 has brought many challenges and changes to our world. COVID-19 has caused many of us in the education sector to make many crucial decisions concerning the health and safety of our students, their families, and staff. As my school began to reimagine the classroom we consulted the CDC, county health department, and CA Child Care Licensing guidelines. Many of these programs contradicted each other so we chose to follow the strictest of guidelines to ensure the health and safety of anyone who entered our campus.

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