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Pie Theme for Preschool

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!

Enjoy 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.

Pie Theme Art

3D Pies

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!


Cream Pie

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!

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Pie Theme Block Center Idea

Delivery Time

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

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Pie 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!


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

Empty plate!


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!

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Snack Recipe Idea 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!


Mhmmm-Make Pies!

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.

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Pie Theme Idea to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Pie Shop

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.!

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Pie Theme Idea for Your Easel--

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.

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Pie Theme Large Group Games

To Help Children Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!

Pie Tossing!

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!

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Pie Theme Ideas for Your Library & Literacy Area

Book Suggestions for the Library

All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins) by Alison Jackson

Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler

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Pie Theme Math Activities

To Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and the Small Muscles in Their Hands

Preschool Fractions

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.

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Pie Theme Music and Movement Activities to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin!

Do You Like Pie?

This is a CD by Pam Marshalla with some great rhyming fun with music!


Alligator Pie

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!

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Pie Theme Activities for Your Sand and Water Table

Smells Good!

Add scents to your water table this week such as vanilla or cinnamon!

Provide water wheels, sifters, cups and spoons.

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Pie Theme Science Activities for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!

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!

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Writing Activity Idea for Your Pie Theme!

Fruit Letters

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.

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Miscellaneous Activities for Your Pie Theme

Bakery!

Visit a bakery to see how pies are made or to taste some pies!  Call ahead to see how they can help you!


The Baker

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!


Produce Visit

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!

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