This Bread Theme page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: pastry brushes (optional) or regular brushes, liquid water color paint in muffin tins, paper
Painting with Toast
Cut pieces of toast and bread and attach pincher type clothespins to each pieces.
The children dip it into shallow trays of paint and sponge paint onto paper.
Cookie Cutter Art
Use cookie cutters to dip into paint and press onto paper!
EXTENSION: Use clean cookie cutters to cut bread and then toast it after brushing with butter and possibly sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar.
Themed Block Center Ideas
Add some baker's hats for the children to wear and add some delivery trucks and other toy trucks to your block area this week!
Themed Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Little Red Hen
Read this story to the children. Have pictures of each character ready. The children can add them to a flannel board as you tell the story!
In advance, collect items used by a baker: cookie cutters, measuring cup, measuring spoon, rolling pin, spatula, etc.
Place one of the items in the box without the children seeing what it is.
One child feels in the box, without looking, and guesses what it is.
Continue until all children have had at least one turn.
NOTE: It is helpful to have all the items out and in front of you to show the children and let them touch them as you all discuss what each one is used for before doing this activity!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Materials: small cups, milk, clean (unused) paint brushes, food coloring, bread
Make different colors of milk in the small cups using the food coloring.
The children brush it on and you toast it in the oven.
Colorful and yummy!!
Themed Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Set your dramatic play area up to be a restaurant. Add a table with tablecloth, chairs and a kitchen area for the chefs to cook! Have all the items they need to serve food: plates, utensils, cups, trays to serve with, etc.
Provide clipboards and pens and paper for the servers to take orders. Provide a toy cash register and money as well!
The children can help make menus! Ask them what types of food your restaurant will serve. Print the words of the foods and draw a picture next to each so they can "read" the menus!
Themed Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Try using pastry brushes instead of paint brushes this week!
Themed Large Group Games
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Provide bins or baskets and many, many, many, etc. plastic eggs of different colors.
Place a color of construction paper in front of each bin or basket.
The children toss the correct colors into the correct colored basket.
Using plastic eggs and large cooking spoons, the children try to carry a plastic egg from one side of the room to the other using the spoon.
Themed Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris
Bread and Jam For Frances by Russell Hoban
Bread is for Eating by David Gershator
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! by Judith and Evan Jones
Little Red Hen by any author!!!!
Tony's Bread by Tomie dePaolo
Themed Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Board Game
I really like this game! It is for non readers! It can be found on Amazon or at toy stores!
Home Made Dough
Use your favorite play dough recipe.
Make it with the kids.
Have them roll it into snake shapes (they are already good at this!) and make shapes or letters out of it.
EXTENSION: In the past, I have made block letters (capital letters) on paper and then laminated them.
The children choose a card and shape their dough into that shape by covering the letter that is on the laminated card.
Have different types of seeds available for the children to sort into muffin tins or bowls.
In advance, print out and color 8 different types of bread. Make 2 of each type. Laminate for durability.
The children match, and try to name, the different types.
Suggestions: muffin, pretzel, tortilla, pita, cake, loaf, croissant, bagel, etc.
In advance, roll playdough into breadsticks of different sizes. Bake.
Place then on your math table for the children to sort by size and then put in order from smallest to largest.
Themed Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Sing this traditional song but replace the word CAKE with BREAD!
Pat-a bread, pat-a bread,
Bakers man bake me a loaf bread as fast as you can.
Roll it pat it mark it with a B
And put it in the oven for preschool and me!
VARIATION: Use the first letter of a child's name (as in the traditional song)--giving time for the child to tell everyone what letter their name begins with--and sing for each child!
Themed Activities for the Senses!
Put flour in your table this week! Use both white and wheat flour! Add spoons, cups and bowls.
EXTENSION: Let the children add salt and water to make playdough!!!
This Is The Way.....
Provide a small bottle of hand soap and towels. Place warm water in your table.
Let the children practice washing their hands. Remind them that bakers must wash their hands often.
EXTENSION: Provide egg beaters, cups and spoons for some measuring and bubble making fun!
Themed Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
How Yeast Works
Add one package of yeast to a cup of warm water. Add in a tablespoon of sugar.
Discuss what happens and ask children to explain why yeast is used in bread!
Follow this up by making your favorite recipe to make home made bread!
Materials needed: 2 slices of white bread, 2 ziplock baggies
Seal one slice in a baggie.
Brush water on the top of the other slice and seal in a baggie.
Place the bags in a warm place and observe over a week!
Materials needed: Magnifying glasses, cups or bowls with different grains.
Suggestions: corn, oats, rhy, wheat, etc.
EXTENSION: Provide a balance scale and spoons for the children to measure and weigh the grains with.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Theme!
Provide each child with a large piece of white construction paper. Let them write on (or stamp or color) their hats.
When done, roll into a cylinder shape and tape for a baker's hat!
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Theme!
Visit a local bakery or bakery department of your local grocery store! Call ahead to set up a time with the manager!
Invite a baker or a family member of one of your student who bakes to come in and cook with the children or to share what they do. They can show the utensils they use and how they work!