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Pajamas Theme for Preschool



Pajamas in Preschool!  Most programs have a day dedicated to this theme in the winter.  Usually the parents, children and we teachers wish we could dress this way for school every day!  Well, how about a Themed WEEK?! Here are activities for your interest centers for a fun week!

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.


PAJAMAS Art Activities Block Area Circle Time Activities Cooking Recipes Dramatic Play Ideas Easel Ideas Gross Motor Games Library and Literacy Math And Manipulatives Activities Music and Movement Sand and Water Table Science Activities Writing Activities

Art Activities

Pajamas Theme Art

Me in PJs!

Materials Needed: pre cut people shapes (8 X 10 sized) or a stencil of a person for the children to trace and cut out; crayons, miscellaneous arts and craft materials, glue

The children use the crayons and supplies to make a self-portrait of them in pajamas!

Goodnight Collage

Materials needed:  magazines, black construction paper, sciessors, yellow paper and moon stencils, scissors, glue

After reading the book Goodnight Moon, the children cut out items from magazines that remind them of the story or of items in their own rooms.

They trace and cut out a moon shape from the yellow paper.

They make a collage of their own Goodnight Moon book!

EXTENSION:  Be sure the children print their own name on the paper somewhere.  Let the children tell their own version of the story by using their own paper!

Slipper Painting

Yup, painting......with slippers!  Not the children's or yours!  Find an old pair (or ask parents to donate old pairs) and use them to paint with!

It is best to find pairs with different textures on the bottoms!

T-Shirt Pillows

Materials Needed:  1 t-shirt per child, cotton fluff for stuffing, fabric markers, fabric glue

In advance (or ask a parent to do this for you!), tuck in and sew the armholes closed and the bottom of the t-shirt closed.

The children decorate the t-shirt with fabric markers.

When complete, they stuff their shirts with the fluff using the neck hole.

Sew (or use fabric glue) the neck hole closed.

Now they each have a pillow to use the next day (when dry) for the library area, dramatic play, circle time, etc.


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Block Area

Pajamas Theme Block Center Ideas

Polar Express

Many times pajama day is held during the cold weather.  Add small trains and cotton balls (for snow) to your block area for your own Preschool Polar Express!


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Circle Time Activities

Pajamas Theme 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!

Bedtime Bag

Bring a pillowcase and a bin or box with bedtime items in it such as: pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, story book, night light, etc.

Be sure the children can not see the items in the bin or box.

Place one item in the pillowcase (without the children seeing it).

Have each child reach in and feel an item and see if they can guess which bedtime item is in the bag.

What's Missing?

Using the items above, place them all out in front of the children.  

Have the children close their eyes.  Take one item away and hide behind your back or under the pillowcase.

Have the children guess which item is missing.

The children get very good at this game so be ready to make it more challenging by removing 2 or 3 items at a time!

At the end of this game, I usually remove ALL the items and they work together to recall all the items.

Bedtime Stories

Bring flashlights, pillows and blankets to circle for your story time.

The kids love this!  Read the story using the flashlight to shine on the pages!

Who Is Sleeping?

Bring a Sleeping Bag to circle time.

Choose one child to hide in the sleeping bag and the other children guess which friend it is.

This can be tricky to do with preschoolers because they WILL peak!

Have the children all turn their back to the sleeping bag AND cover their eyes while you pick a child!

5 In The Bed

This is so much fun for the children!  

Choose 5 children to lay down in the middle of your circle area.

They are "sleeping".

You and the remaining children sing the song, using names.

When a child's name is called, that child rollse out of circle and goes back to their spot.

When you get to the part where you are saying a name, just point to the child on the end of the row and let the other children say the name (this is a great way to reinforce knowing each others' names).

There were 5 in the bed and the children all said: 

ROLL OVER!  ROLL OVER!

So they all rolled over and _____________ (child's name) fell out.  (That child rolls out of the group and back to their spot at circle).

There were 4 in the bed and the children all said:  etc.

Continue until all the children have had a turn.

I Spy 

Play a game of I Spy with flashlights!

Give the children small flashlights (or have just enough for 4 or 5 children).

Play I Spy.  "I Spy with my little eye, something red".

The children can either stay in their seat and flash the light around to find something red OR they can walk around the classroom to find something red!

NOTE:  Be sure to give the rule that they should not aim the light at their friends because it can hurt their eyes.

Good Night Show and Tell

Assign one day as a Good Night Show and Tell day.  Each child brings in something that reminds them of bedtime, night time, or the book Good Night Moon.

The each take a turn showing their friends what they brought in and telling why it reminds them of night time. 

EXTENSION:  Take pictures of each child with their item.

Print the pictures and put together your own Good Night Preschool book...the kids will LOVE reading this in the library and having it read to them by you at circle time!


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Cooking Recipes

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!

Sleepy Snacks

Provide Teddy Grahams and mini marshmallows for pillows!

Pancakes

YUM!  Bring in fruit for the children to help you cut up.

Have the children help you to measure and mix the batter (if you are cooking them in school).

Make pancakes and have the children place the toppings on that they want!

If you don't have a stove in school, make them in advance and heat them up in the microwave at school.


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Dramatic Play Ideas

Pajamas Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Pajama Party!

Provide adult sized pajamas for the children to put on over their own; provide robes, slippers, pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, flashlights, play food, etc.

Perhaps add a CD player for some dancing!

Good Night Moon

Provide items from the book throughout your dramatic play area for the children to act out the book!


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Easel Ideas

Pajamas Theme Ideas for your Easel--

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

Bedtime or Nighttime Scene

Provide black paper and chalk for great night time scenes.

VARIATION:  Provide warm water with diluted salt for the children to dip the chalk into.  

The result is quite sparkly when the chalk dries!


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Gross Motor Games

Pajamas Theme Large Group Games 

that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Throw Pillows!

Ask parents to let you borrow some throw pillows and literally, THROW them!

I am not suggesting a pillow fight but throwing them across a room for gross motor development.

See how far you can throw it and then measure how far with a tape measure.

Or, provide laundry baskets, boxes or bins for the children to try to toss the pillows into.

Try throwing the pillow up in the air and catching it.

Count how many times you can do it!

Musical Pillows

Place pillows in a circle (one for each child).

Play musical chairs.  The children sit on a pillow quickly when the music stops.

At this age, do not take a pillow away each time.  Being "out" is very difficult to understand at this age.

However, if you have LARGE pillows, take one away and tell the children they all need to help each other to be on a pillow when the music stops to promote teamwork!

Wake up, Pets!

Materials needed:  Parachute or large blanket and stuffed animals

Place one (or more) animals on the parachute.

Tell a story about the animals.

"The animals are very, very tired.  Let's gently rock them to sleep"  Show the children how to move the parachute or blanket gently up and down without tossing the animals.

"The animals have been sleeping for a long time, I think they are dreaming!"  Show the children how to move the parachute up and down to gently move the animals up and down.

"Well, it is time to get up to get ready for school.  WAKE UP ANIMALS!" Now shake up and down to wake the animals up.

In advance, you may want to assign TWO children to get the animals when they fly out of the parachute.

Then assign 2 different children each time you play.

This prevents all the children from running after the animals and bumping into each other.


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Library and Literacy

Pajamas Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom

Book Suggestions for the Library

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed any version

10 In The Bed by any author!

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

Down By The Bay by Raffi (remember the line? "Have you ever seen a llama wearing pajamas?  Down by the bay!)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Pajama Day by Lynn Plourde

Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


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Math And Manipulatives Activities

Pajamas Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!

Pajama Match

In advance print out or draw, color and laminate pajama tops and bottoms.

The children match the pajamas.

VARIATIONS:  You can, and should!, program these types of matching games to go along with the concept you are covering in class.

For example, if you have covered 10 letters, print the letter on a top and bottom of a pajama set to match.

You can also print numbers on the bottoms and draw dots on the top to match.

Playdough Quilt

Provide a wide variety of colors of playdough.

Have the children manipulate, tear and press small pieces of playdough to make a colorful quilt!

Show them pages from the Llama, Llama Red Pajama book for a quilt idea!

This is GREAT exercise for those hand muscles!  We should have many activities to help these muscles as they are necessary to successful printing/writing!

Pajama Bingo

In advance, draw and cut out different colors of pajamas. 

Leave them blank for the children to use as a color bingo game.

Add letters or numbers for a letter or number bingo game.


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Music and Movement

Pajamas Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

Pajama Freeze Dance

Play music and when you stop the music, they must freeze by dropping to the floor and taking a nap until the music starts again!

Parade in Pajamas!

Use musical instruments!  Let each child have an instrument and go on a parade around your classroom or throughout your school!

10 In The Bed

There were 10 in the bed and the little one said, "Roll Over!  Roll Over!". 

So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were 9 in the bed and the little one said, "Roll Over!  Roll Over!".

So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Continue with 8,7,6,5,4,3,2 and then

There was 1 in the bed and the little one said, "GOOD NIGHT!".

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, tie your shoes.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the light.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight!

Down By the Bay

Down by the bay, Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home, I dare not go

For if I do, My mother will say

"Have you ever see a moose Kissing a goose?"

Down by the bay


Down by the bay Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home I dare not go

For if I do My mother will say

"Have you ever see a whale With a polka dot tail?"

Down by the bay


Down by the bay Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home I dare not go

For if I do My mother will say

"Have you ever see a fly Wearing a tie?"

Down by the bay


Down by the bay Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home I dare not go

For if I do My mother will say

"Have you ever see a bear Combing his hair?"

Down by the bay


Down by the bay Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home I dare not go

For if I do My mother will say

"Have you ever see some llamas wearing pajamas?"

Down by the bay


Down by the bay Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home I dare not go

For if I do My mother will say

"Have you ever have a time When you couldn't make a rhyme?"

Down by the bay

5 Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mama called the doctor,

And the doctor said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed


Four little monkeys jumping on the bed 

One fell off and bumped his head

Mama called the doctor 

And the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed


Continue with 3,2 and then

One little monkey jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mama called the doctor 

And the doctor said,

Put those monkeys right to bed!


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Sand and Water Table

Pajamas Theme Activities for the Senses!

Moon Sand

This is the coolest stuff ever!

You will need:

4 cups play sand; 2 cup corn starch (corn flour outside the US); 1 cup water 2 tbsp colored powder paint; huge amount of glitter (optional but quite cool!!!!)

Mix the sand and corn starch together.

Slowly add water until the consistency is like a pastry mix (it will be crumbly)

If it doesn’t hold together when you form it into a ball, add a little more water until it feels right. (It will be crumbly and feel damp but not wet).

Add the powdered paint (mix with your hands).....

The entire process of making any type of dough is great for fine and gross motor development...so let the children help make it!!!

Bath Time Bubbles!

Add bubble bath or dish detergent to your water table this week!

Add spoons, whisks, cups, water wheels, etc.!

To change it up, remove those items midweek and add your baby dolls, washcloths and bath toys!


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Science Activities

Pajamas Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Lite Brite!

If you have access to one of these, it is a fantastic activity!!! You'll need a dark area of a room and supervision for it!

Texture Quilt

Provide different textures of material to your science table for the children to explore:  wool, burlap, silk, cotton, etc.

Cut items into squares and secure velcro to the back.  Attach the velcro to the velcro that you place on a large board.

The children can remove the textures from the board to explore them or compare them..they can place them on the board as well.

Provide magnifying glasses for the children to use.  

Shhh....They're Hibernating

Provide a chart with pictures of animals and provide small counters/manipulatives of those animals.

Provide only animals that hibernate in winter.

The children match the animals on the chart.


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Writing Activities

Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Family Activities Theme!

Put Yourself to Bed!

Well, your name anyway!

In advance, make a large collection of small craft sticks with letters on the top of them.  Make multiples of each letter.

Draw a large bed on paper.

The children collect the sticks with the letters of their name on them.

They spell their name out with the sticks on the bed and, their name is in bed asleep!

Be sure to provide name cards (with the child's picture on it) so that have it to compare the letters to.


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