This Preschool Sun Theme page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom and links to specific weather activities!
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme.
You can also click the links below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
You will also find information on a Weather Theme that includes many other types of weather!
I've seen these made in a classroom and the children had fun decorating and then wearing them!
Materials needed: paper plates; hole puncher; string, markers and stickers
In advance: Cut the paper plates in half. Then cut off the rims of the paper plates halves. (In the prek class, the children did these steps! The teacher drew a black line where they were to cut! Great cutting practice!)
Hole punch each side of the paper plate rims (again, let the children who are able do this step!).
They decorate the rims.
Tie string through the holes and adjust and tie for the size of the child's head.
Keep the half circles of the paper plates for future projects or place at the writing center for a fun shaped paper to use.
Materials needed: yellow, red and orange yarn; scissors, glue, white paper; circle stencils, marker
The children use the stencil to trace a circle on their white paper. They then cut out the circle.
The children cut yarn into pieces.
The children squeeze glue all over their cut circle and place yarn pieces on for a bright sun!
Materials Needed: circle shaped sponges of different sizes, yellow and orange paint.
The children dip the sponges into paint and then press onto the paper.
They can embellish by gluing on googly eyes and faces!
Provide red, yellow and orange tissue paper, scissors and glue.
Let the children cut (or tear) the paper to make a bright, sunshine filled collage!
Get Ready For the Band!
This is a 2 day project!
In advance, staple two paper plates together by stapling around the edges, leaving a 1-inch section not stapled. Be sure there is not enough room between the staples for bean to get through!
Provide yellow, orange and red paint for the children to paint the tamborine suns with!
Have them glue orange and yellow streamers around it.
The next day, provide them with a bowl of large, dried beans.
Have them count out 10 beans and place them in the opening.
Staple the opening closed.
Use these for some dancing and playing!
Earth Rotating Around The Sun Thanks Chris for submitting this activity!
Before the activity, we go into the bathroom and turn out the light. I shine flashlight (sun) on a globe with a shiny object taped to where we live. I say, 'the Earth is turning' as the 'sun' shines. I ask, "Hmm, the light is on our area. What are we doing? We are eating breakfast. Now we are coming to school." etc.
When the shiny object of where we are is in the dark, I ask 'What are we doing? We are sleeping. It's night."
I also show a photo of Moonscape, which is the photo of the Earth with bottom darkened taken by the astronauts from the moon.
At the art table, we paint half a paper plate yellow and the other half black.
Kids glue on several yellow 'rays' (strips of paper) on the sun side.
They sprinkle glitter on the black side (stars).
Plates dry. Then kids cut a small blue circle (4 inches across).
They stick on a small round circle.
I affix a paper fastener to the middle of the circle and attach to the middle of the plate.
Kids can play with their plate. Oh, you are moving into the black, what are you doing? (sleeping) Oh, the Earth is turning, now look, you are in the yellow part, the sunny part, what are you doing? (getting up, eating breakfast), Oh, now you are in the middle of the yellow, what are you doing? (eating lunch)
A few of my kids loved to play with their circles at night before bedtime, their parents told me.
Provide flashlights at the block center. Encourage the children to make shadows by shining the light from different angles on their structures.
How can they make the shadows larger? Smaller?
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!
Day or Night?
After reading a story about the sun, ask children when the sun comes out....during the day or the night?
What types of things do they like to do during the day?
In advance, find some pictures of people doing activities such as sleeping, eating, walking at night, walking during the day, etc.
After showing each picture, ask the children if it is day or night in the picture.
Each day this week, have children look outside and announce the weather: Is the sun out? Is it raining? Where is the sun when it rains, etc.
Mr. Sun Song
Give each child a sun shape made out of paper.
Have the print their name on it as best they can.
Now sing! Use your sun as you sing!
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun.
Please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun, hiding behind a tree (hide your sun behind you!)
We are all asking you.......
To please come out so we can play with you!
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, Please shine down on,
Please shine down on, Please shine down on me! (Hold Sun above you!)
Hokey Pokey Sun
Use your sun shapes to do a variation of the Hokey Pokey!
You put your sun in, you put your sun out
You put your sun in and shake it all about!
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!
Have the children help you to scoop out the middle seeds of different melons.
They then help scoop out melon balls using melon scoopers.
Slice oranges. Provide pretzels and raisins.
The children place an orange circle slice on their plate. They can use the pretzel sticks for the rays of the sun and raisins to make faces!
Set up your dramatic play area with beach towels, empty plastic containers for pretend sunscreen, sunglasses, play picnic food, floaties, etc. You could also add an empty wading pool or a wading pool with plastic balls in it!
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Mix glitter into yellow paint and orange paint at the easel during this theme!
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Provide a small flashlight for the children to play tag. They "tag" the other person by flashing the "sun" light on them!
They then give the flashlight to that child who is now the sun.
Play until all children have had a turn being the sun.
Shadow and Sun Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course for the children to climb/crawl and hop through!
Have some items (like under chairs or behind a box) be the shadow (no sun) part and have precut out suns (from felt) for the children to hop on in the sunshine!
Book Suggestions for the LibraryTo Be Like the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson
Sun Sparkling Play Dough!
Make your favorite batch of playdough and then add some clear glitter and mix it in by hand!
Encourage the children to make circles (suns) and skinny worm shapes for the rays of the sun!
Use yellow, red and orange playdough for this!
Rays of Sunshine
In advance, draw and color a circle and draw long rays coming from all around the sun.
Provide the children with sorters/counters (any will do--use plastic chain links, animals or attribute blocks) for them to trace, sort and count onto the rays!
Count The Suns
Materials needed: Cut out yellow circles from construction paper; sun stickers or sun shape stampers
In advance, cut out yellow circles. Program them with numbers on them.
The children then stick (or stamp) the correct number of suns on each paper.
Use the tambourines the children made in the art activity (see the art section of this page) for freeze dancing. Play music and they play along with their tambourines.
When you stop the music, they need to freeze!
May There Always Be Sunshine
This is one of my favorite preschool songs! It is by Charlotte Diamond. It is a great song to teach the children!
In your sensory table, provide pie pans, small balls
The children gently practice moving the pan in a circle to make the ball (sun) orbit around the pan.
Sun in the Sand
Provide spray bottles to make your sand damp this week. Provide craft sticks and paint brushes for the children to make Sun and other shapes in the sand!
Materials needed: 2 cups, marker, water
Fill 2 cups (preferably clear cups) about half full with water.
Draw a line with a marker to mark the water line.
Place one cup in a shady, cool place and the other in a sunny, warm place.
Observe during the week.
Provide flashlights for the children to check out how light makes shadows depending upon where the light is shining on an object.
Making letters that have curves are difficult at this age! Provide some papers that you have printed large "S"'s on and laminate.
The children trace with a dry erase marker, erase and trace again!
For children ready to print letters, print the word "sun" on papers and laminate. They can trace with dry erase markers or try to print the word themselves on a picture of the sun they have made.