Are you ready for school to start again? We have some fun Back to School themes coming for you in our play-based preschool units.
This first, of the back to school themes is packed full of review or assessment activities as well as some fun centers. You will get to test kids on their colors, shapes letters, sorting and more in these fun activities.
There are some other fun hands-on activities as well. You’ll find a Peek-a-boo get to know you craft, a STEM project and lots of other fun learning ideas.
Would you like a preview of the set? Here it is.
Back to School Themes – Preschool
Shapes Matching File Folder Game
Children will get to practice finding and matching shapes in this game. The shapes are labeled as well, so that children can start to associate that word with that shape.
Letter Matching File Folder Game
Focus on upper or lowercase letters with these bright, happy alphabet pages. You can also mix and match to help kids pair the upper and lowercase letters.
Scissor Practice Centers
Kids can work on scissor skills with these cutting practice cards. I like to print mine on bright colored paper to make them a bit more fun.
My House – STEM Building Project
This is a fun beginning STEM project for back to school or all about me week. Children get to model their house out of different materials in the classroom. Mix and match to allow even more creativity and expression.
Preschool Counting File Folder Game
In this binder game, the kids get to count the dots on the dice, and place them by the correct number. I store the pieces in a Ziploc attached to the back of the previous page, but you could also apply a strip or two of Velcro to the back of the previous page to store them on.
Roll & Count Block Chart
We love playing with blocks to learn. You can turn this into a 2-player race or play blackout bingo.
Thread & Count Bead Cards
Work on fine motor skills while you count with this fun activity. It is great for beginning math because it shows the numeral as well as the corresponding number of beads on each card.
Letter Building Cards
This is such a fun early literacy idea. Practice making letters in a fun, different way.
Color Matching File Folder Game
Kids get to practice their colors and color words with this binder game. You can draw a dot of color on the black and white crayons for extra assistance if your kids are ready to recognize color words.
Pencil Counting Cards
Kids LOVE fun pencil patterns, and here we practice counting them. Then instead of just writing the number, we played with toy numbers, finding the one that matched.
Bears on the Bus Counting
Counting bears are always a hit with my kiddos, and here they got to help them ride the bus to school. This is a fun counting game for back to school.
Sort by Size File Folder Game
Practice comparing and sorting by size with this activity. This is fantastic early math practice for kids.
Letter Find Cards
There are so many fun ways to use these cards. Use dot markers, buttons, playdough, mini erasers or other fun manipulatives to cover the matching letters.
Number Formation Cards
Practice forming the letters in different ways. We trace them with dry erase markers. We make them with playdough. We build them with erasers. What other ideas do you have?
Phone Number Practice Activity
We LOVE this phone number activity. In the set, we included the phone number cards and a small pretend play phone. You can attach the receiver with a piece of yarn as the cord, and let the kids pretend to call home.
OR… Take it to the next level with this amazing, giant floor phone. The kids get to hop/jump their phone number. Then tap the call button. They will absolutely LOVE this!! I do recommend you tape it to the floor, so it doesn’t slip when they jump on it.
Peek-a-boo Get to Know You Craft
This fun get-to-know-you craft would be great on the bulletin board or in a hallway. Kids get to show who lives in their house with them, and you have to guess who it might be. Then peek to see if you are right.
Back to School Themes Worksheets
In addition to the fun, hands-on centers, we also included some no-prep worksheets for you. These are print and go for free choice options or to use however you choose in your classroom
Aren’t those fun? If you love these back to school themes and this set would be helpful in your classroom, you can purchase by clicking the image below.
Happy Back to School!