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A Home Theme for Preschool with preschool lesson plans to help your preschoolers learn about different living environments such as houses and apartments and the different rooms in each.

This is a great theme to help the children learn more about each other and where their friends live.  It is a theme you can run on its own or as a supplement to the Family Theme or the All About Me Theme.  

Do you have a student who recently moved or is about to move?  Click here for my article Moving to a New Home It may help you to help the family through this transition!

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.

Themed Art Activities

Sandpaper Rubbings

Explain to the children what sandpaper is used for and how it is used to smooth pieces of wood to build things like houses!

Let the children feel the different grains of sandpaper.  Place paper over pieces of sand paper.  Use peeled crayons and the children rub the long sides back and forth over the paper.

VARIATION:  Provide sandpaper and draw directly on the sandpaper!

Paper Bag House

Materials needed:  brown lunch bags, glue sticks, glue, miscellaneous arts and craft materials (yarn, sequins, felt, construction paper), scissors, markers and crayons; newspaper.

The children decorate the bags as they want drawing or making doors and windows.

When done, crumple newspaper and stuff bags.  Staple closed.

EXTENSION:  Give each child a large piece of construction paper and crayons.  Instruct them to draw a road, sidewalks, trees, etc. and place their house on their street!

My Street

Materials needed:  white paper, black crayons, pictures of houses (or markers to draw houses or house shaped sponges and paint).

The children draw two long, solid black lines and then a dotted line in-between them.  Great pre-writing skills!

They then glue on, draw on or sponge paint on houses to the sides of the road.

Create and Paint a House

Materials needed:  small and jumbo craft sticks (plain wood, not colored), glue, sturdy tagboard, paint and brushes.

The children create a house on the tagboard with the sticks and glue in place.

They then can paint it.

VARIATION:  Use colored craft sticks and no paint!

VARIATION:  Use a hot glue gun to make a 3D house and then paint.

VARIATION:  Purchase premade houses to paint.

It's Hammer Time!

Use plastic hammers, playdough hammers (or real hammers if you are brave!) to dip in paint and "hammer paint" with!

Clay Building

Provide modeling clay and small hammers and screws with different ends.  The children can build a house, make imprints with the tools, etc.

Shape Houses

Provide an assortment of construction paper shapes.  

The children glue the different shapes onto paper to create their own houses!

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Themed Block Center Ideas

Doll House: add a doll house, people, cars, black paper and chalk (for road) and cars

Building Tools:  Screw screws into bars of soap or soft wood.

Wood Hammering:    Large tree trunk or piece of wood, hammers, nails, goggles

Lincoln Logs:  Show the children how to build with these!

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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!

Where Do You Live Graph

In advance, create a chart.  Print the children's names down the left side of chart paper.

Create columns and label them with the different types of homes:  apartments, houses, condos, mobile homes, etc.

Discuss and describe different types of homes.   

Ask the children which type they live in.

Invite them to color in or place a colored square or house shape under the column of their type of house.

Ask the children what kind of home they live in and then graph it on a chart.

Use this for math throughout the week:  How many live in apartments?  Houses?  Which column has more? Less?

3 Little Pigs   

Bring some blocks, hay and sticks to circle.  Place them in three piles.  

Point out the piles and discuss what each is.

Invite 4 children to act out the story as you read it.

Be prepared to read it several times so each child has a turn to be an actor!

How many in my home?

In advance make a chart with the children's names down the left side and the different items you want to chart in columns across the top.

Each day, chart something different!

How many people live in your home?

How many pets live in your home?

How many rooms are in your home?

What's Missing?

You all know I LOVE this game!  Here are 2 ways to play for this theme

Traditional:  provide home items.  This could be anything:  towel, toothpaste, mixing bowl, pillow, etc.

Show them to the children.  Cover them with a blanket and remove one. 

Ask them to tell you what is missing.

What Doesn't Belong?:  Provide many items from home and discuss each one.  Be sure to have 4-5 items from each room of a house. (bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room)

Place all the items in a box or bag.

Reach in and place 4 items in front of you.  Choose 3 from the same room and one from a different room. 

Ask the children which item does not belong?

This is more challenging than the first game, but they will get it after a while as you discuss each item and which room it is from.

EXTENSION:  Provide these items in a box in the manipulatives area or library area for the chilren to continue to use on their own or with a friend!

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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!

Three Little Pigs Houses

Provide children with the following for snack:

Straw=Shredded wheat cereal

Sticks=Pretzel sticks

Bricks=Cheese cubes

Cheese and Cracker House

Give each child a few crackers and slices of cheese to make a house to eat.

The cheese can be torn by them to make doors, windows or chimneys!

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Themed Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

A Room a Day

Each day, create a different room in your dramatic play area!

Bedroom:  Provide sleep mats, pillows, books for story time, toys, etc.

Living room:  Provide games, chairs, pretend television (or a chalkboard or chalk easel where they can draw a television show on), books

Kitchen:  Provide kitchen table and chairs, pretend food, stove and refrigerator, etc.

Back Yard:  Provide picnic items and perhaps a plastic bowling game to use in their "back" yard.  Don't forget a stuffed puppy or kitty to play outside with them!

Box House

Provide (ask parents or department stores to donate) large boxes (such as refrigerator boxes) and medium ones.

The children can use each box as a room in their house!

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Themed Ideas for your Easel--

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

My House

Encourage children to paint their house, families, pets, etc.

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Themed Large Group Games to Help Build Muscles While Having Fun Together!

Driving Home Obstacle Course

Encourage the children to follow an obstacle course:

Sit in the chair and "drive" to your street.

Walk on the "curb" (balance beam)

Climb the "steps" (toy ladder and slide)  

Climb under a chair (going in the door) and hop on foam squares to go from room to room.

Click the link to the left to see the variety and prices Amazon has for indoor slides.

Sand the Blocks

Provide soft wood (donated from a hardware or lumber store), sandpaper, goggles and gloves.

The children sand wood!

Paint the School

Use actual sized paint brushes and clean paint cans.

Fill the cans with water to brush on the house.

If you are doing this indoors, just use paint brushes and empty paint cans.....pretend!

The Homes I See

Take a walk.  Bring a clipboard.  Write down each child's name on the paper.  Write down what they notice about houses while on your walk.  Compare notes by making a chart or list when you come back inside.

What's New?

Is there a construction site nearby?  Perhaps take a walk to check out the progress!  Take pictures as well!

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Themed Ideas for Your Library

Book Suggestions for the Library

Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett

The House That Mack Built by Susanna Hill

Houses and Homes (Around the World Series) by Ann Morris

How a House Is Built by Gail Gibbons

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles LaRoche

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

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Themed Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Math Skills and the Small Muscles in Their Hands!

Stick House Building

Provide plain and colored craft sticks to make a home or apartment with.  

Extension:  Glue them onto tagboard.

House Matching

In advance, create houses using craft sticks on paper.  Trace the sticks with marker.

Laminate the papers.

Provide craft sticks for the children to place in the traced areas.

VARIATION:   Make some that are traced AND colored.  The children then need to match the colored sticks to the colors on the cards.

Stick Matching

Just provide a large assortment of craft sticks, small and large, colored and plain, for the childrent to sort by size, color etc.

Room Sorting

Take pictures of different items from different rooms (or use pictures from the internet or magazines and catalogs).

Provide several bins with pictures of rooms on them.

The children sort the items into the appropriate "rooms).

Paint Color Cards

Gather many duplicate samples of paint swatch cards from a hardware store.

The children can match the cards.

You can cut the colors out and the children can create patterns.

You can create patterns by gluing a pattern onto paper and laminating.  The children use the cut swatches to match and recreate the patterns.

Paint Stir Sticks

Ask for paint stir sticks at the paint store (they will usually donate).

Paint the sticks a variety of colors in advance.  Be sure to have many of each color.

Provide paint cans (or bins).  Label each can or bin with a color.

The children sort the sticks and place them in the appropriate can or bin.

Tools of the Trade

Provide different varieties of screws, nails and tools used to build homes.

The children sort them by different attributes (color, size, smooth, bumpy, etc.)

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Themed Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

There Were 5 In the Bed

Children just love to act this one out.

Place a blanket in the middle.  Have a group of 4 children lay down.

Sing the song and have one of the children "roll" off the blanket!

There were 5 in the bed and the little one said "Roll over!  Roll Over!".

So they all rolled over and 1 fell out.

There were 4 in the bed and the little one said "Roll over! Roll Over!".

Continue until:

There was 1 in the bed and the little one said "Good Night!".

Have that child roll off the blanket and give 5 different children a turn!

Some People Live In.......   (Sung to:  The Old Grey Mare)

Some people live in, apartments

Live in apartments

Live in apartments

Some people live in, apartments

That's where some people live!

Some people live in, mobile homes

Live in mobile homes

Live in mobile homes

Some people live in, mobile homes

That's where some people live!

Some people live in, big houses

Live in big houses

Live in big houses

Some people live in, big houses

That's where some people live!

Some people live in, little houses

Live in little houses

Live in little houses

Some people live in, little houses

That's where some people live!

Continue on with different types of housing (brick houses, wood houses, etc.).  This song is great to incorporate multicultural house names, too!

Words by Daylene at Perpetual Preschool 

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Themed Activities for Your Sand Table!!

Sand Castles

Wet the sand in the sand table. 

Provide items for the children to use to make homes and buildings such as cans, milk cartons, shovels, sifters, etc.

Bath Time 

Add bubbles, baby dolls, wash cloths, soap and towels!

Washing Dishes

Add bubbles, toy dishes, cups, utensils, etc. 

Add a strainer and dish towels to dry them with!

Washing clothes 

Provide the cloths from your baby dolls or some donated infant clothing.

Add bubbles and water to your table.

The children will wash the clothes and then teach them how to wring them dry (great for developing large muscles!).

Provide and area directly next to the table that has a wooden clothing horse to hang the clothes on.  Be sure to have a mat under it for the water.  

You could alternatively provide a clothes line against a wall for the children to hang the clothes on.

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Themed Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Building Materials Exploration

Place building materials (wood, sandpaper, bricks, screws, shingles, etc.) in the science area with magnifying glasses.

Lock boards

Purchase a lock board (or make one) with different types of locks.

Or, just provide different locks in a bin for the children to use and explore.

Suggestions:   door nob lock; dead bold; key lock, etc.

Sprout House

I LOVE this idea!  I found it on Pinterest from Patties Classroom Blog

Plant seeds in a baggie and place a house shape (decorated by the children of course) to the baggie.

Hang in a sunny window and watch seeds grow over time!

Grass seed grows quickest!

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Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Theme!

I Can Help... Home Flyer or Coupon

Have the children draw pictures of things they can help at home with.

Label the pages "I can help __________________"

Have the children print their own names somewhere on the page the best they can.  

Print what they say they can help with at the end of the sentence OR

Provide word cards with the words they say so they can try and print the words themselves!

Suggestions:  feed dog, clean, vacuum, laundry, etc.

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Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Home Theme!

  • Visit Home Depot for a Children's Class (or send info about them home to parents.
  • Visit Home Depot/Lowe's/Hardware store to look at tools, perhaps a demo, purchase some pvc piping, etc.  (Call in advance)

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