A Pie Theme for Preschool! This theme is great for an anytime theme, to go along with a holiday like 4th of July or Thanksgiving or even for PI Day (3/14!)!
Bake some, buy some, have families donate some!
This 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: tan paper & circle stencils; scrap construction paper; scissors glue
The children trace a circle on tan paper (for the pie shell).
They cut and glue pieces of paper in their pies as fillings. Encourage them to cut out shapes as well!
They can cut strips of paper as the pie "lattice" over the top!
Put shaving cream in a pie plate. Give the children utensils to mix paint into the cream. Then use the cream to spread on the table and print their names on.
They can use their fingers, paintbrushes or even cinnamon sticks!
Provide cars and trucks. Add paper, crayons and tape. The children can draw pies on the papers and tape them to blocks.
They then use their trucks to deliver the pies
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!
One Whole Pie
In advance, make a flannel board pie with 4 slices. Use it while teaching this poem!
One whole pie
Set by the door,
Cut into pieces,
I count four.
Four pieces of pie,
All for me,
I ate one piece (make obnoxiously loud munching sounds as you take of a piece of the pie to "eat"!)
Now there are three.
Three pieces of pie
For me took
I ate another piece,
Now there are two.
Two pieces of pie
Oh! What fun!
I ate another piece,
Now there is one.
One piece of pie
I can’t wait!
I ate that last piece
Favorite Pie Graph!
Get It??!!! A pie graph about pies?!
On a large chart paper, draw a very large circle.
Divide that circle into pie slice shapes. Be sure to have enough pie slices as children.
Cut out pie slice shapes that will fit in your drawn circle.
At circle, talk about their favorite type of pie!
Give each child a pie slice piece and markers.
Have them print their name (as best they can) and draw the fruit of the pie they like best (apple, banana, blueberries).
Then have them place their slice, one at a time, on your circle.
You can use this chart to then make graphs and other lists based on their likes!
Make a Pie
Sung to Rock A Bye Baby
Push, pull and pound
The dough for the crust
Pound it and roll it
For a pie we must!
Fill it with whichever fruit that you please
And bake it in the oven for my friends and me!
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!
You KNEW this was coming!
Have the children help you to make home made pie crust! You could also use froze pie dough or refrigerated.
Have the children help to wash and cut fruit to fill pies.
Provide aprons, tables, pie pans, felt pieces (for crust) and pom poms for filling for the pies.
Add cash registers, pie boxes, order forms, receipts, etc.!
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Dot Your Pies!
Provide circle shapes and bingo daubers with paint for the children to count and create their own pie fillings.
To Help Children Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
No, silly, not real pies (though that might be a GREAT team building game for a staff meeting!).
But, use cloth frisbees for throwing practice!
Book Suggestions for the Library
To Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and the Small Muscles in Their Hands
Of course! Pies just scream fractions! Help the children develop the math skill of identifying parts and wholes!
In advance, color several (I made 5) paper plates as different looking pies.
Cut these pies into slices for them to use and put together as puzzles!
We cut one pie in half, one into 3 pieces, one into 4 pieces, etc.
Place each pie puzzle into it's own pie pan!
Or, place all the pieces on the table and the 5 pie pans and let them have at it to distinguish each puzzle from one another!
Create A Pie--Filling Sorting
Provide pie pans and play fruit.
The children sort and count the fruit into different pies and count the pieces of fruit.
VARIATION: Program the pie pans. Print a number and draw the same number of dots on an index card and place a card in front of each pan.
The children count the corresponding number of fruit into each pan.
Do You Like Pie?
This is a CD by Pam Marshalla with some great rhyming fun with music!
Alligator pie, alligator pie
I can't find my alligator pie
I looked in the bushes
I looked in the tree's
I can't find my alligator pie!
Alligator pie, alligator pie
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna cry
Give away the green grass
Give away the sky
But, don't give away my alligator pie!
Add scents to your water table this week such as vanilla or cinnamon!
Provide water wheels, sifters, cups and spoons.
Fruit Taste Test
In advance, make a chart that has each child's name listed down the left hand column.
Draw rows and label each with a type of fruit used for pie (strawberry, blueberry, apple, banana, etc.)
Provide smiley and sad stickers.
As each child comes to the Science center, they taste each fruit and chart with stickers whether or not they like each one.
Use this graph for further math counting and discussion at large group/circle times!
Provide each child's name printed on cards. Provide finger paint or stamp pads in fruit colors.
Have them use their fingers to make dots on or trace the letters of their name.
Visit a bakery to see how pies are made or to taste some pies! Call ahead to see how they can help you!
Invite a local bakery owner to come in and talk about pies......and bring one or make one with the kids.
This could also be a parent who bakes!
Visit a produce department of a supermarket or a farmers stand.
Have them tell the children all the different fruits used for pies.
Purchase each of those fruits and have a taste test back at school!