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!
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.
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!
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 a hot glue gun to make a 3D house and then paint.
VARIATION: Purchase premade houses to paint.
Provide modeling clay and small hammers and screws with different ends. The children can build a house, make imprints with the tools, etc.
Doll House: add a doll house, people, cars, black paper and chalk (for road) and cars
Lincoln Logs: Show the children how to build with these!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Encourage children to paint their house, families, pets, etc.
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.
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.
Is there a construction site nearby? Perhaps take a walk to check out the progress! Take pictures as well!
Book Suggestions for the LibraryDaisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
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.
Just provide a large assortment of craft sticks, small and large, colored and plain, for the childrent to sort by size, color etc.
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 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.
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!
There are many more verses you can find - over at Perpetual Preschool
Add bubbles, baby dolls, wash cloths, soap and towels!
Building Materials Exploration
Place building materials (wood, sandpaper, bricks, screws, shingles, etc.) in the science area with magnifying glasses.
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.
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!
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.