A Pets Theme for Preschool is fun! Also, pets are fun at home and at school, but they also come with a lot of responsibility! Take your preschoolers love and fascination of pets as an opportunity to teach!
This theme will help you to teach them what is involved in choosing and caring for a pet! This Pets Theme page is filled with some preschool activities and ideas for your classroom.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Pets 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!
For a snack today, provide animal crackers.
As you all share snack, talk about the crackers and how they would take care of them if they were pets.
What would a lion need? A rhinoceros? A giraffe? Where would they sleep? What do they eat?
Pets Theme Large Group Games to Help Build Your Preschoolers Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
If you have a large appliance box, let the children help you decorate it and turn it into a pet house.
Provide stuffed animals and use this inside or outside! The children can take their pets for walks, runs, etc. and then place them in the house to rest (of course, the children will want to be in the house with their pets!).
Guess My Moves!
Let each child take a turn pretending to be an animal and let the other children guess!
THIS CD is my ABSOLUTE favorite for this theme! There are 2 tracks about Animal Actions.
The kids would play this every day at Circle Time, Gross Motor Time or just as a great transition throughout the day!
I highly recommend it! Click the picture to the right to check it out!
Place pillows out and provide beanie baby animals or stuffed animals.
The children practice their tossing skills by trying to get a stuffed animal onto a pillow!
Follow The Leader
Each child has a turn leading the line of their friends. They act like one animal (perhaps barking, trotting like a horse, etc.) and the others follow and copy that child.
That child then goes to the back and the next child is the leader.
Pets Theme Ideas to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and Develop Those Small Muscles in Their Hands!
I saw this as a bulletin board but think it would make a great math center activity!
Cut out 20 fish bowl shapes.
On one set of them list the number word "one" and one dot. Continue for 2-10.
On the second set of fish bowl shapes, cut the tops to look like wavy water and draw fish on them (1-10)
The children match the fish "in the water" to the correct fish bowl.
I think you could also program the backs of the fish in water pieces to have the number word "one" and a dot (repeating 1-10) so the children have 2 ways to use this.
Be sure to laminate before use for long term use!
EXTENSION: Give the children a bowl of goldfish crackers to use to place on the dots or the drawn fish!
Dog or Pet House
Materials needed: small box, magazines, scissors, glue
Encourage the children to cut out pictures of pets from magazines and glue them onto a box for a pet house. Each day, place a different stuffed animal pet in the box as a point of discussion on pet care (How do we take care of a fish? A cat? etc.)
VARIATION: If you have enough boxes, each child can make their own!
Pets Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
This has got to be my FAVORITE animal movement activity! Animal Action part 1 and part 2 are on the Greg and Steve CD called Kids in Motion. It will become your children's FAVORITE Cd in no time! (Click the link to the right to check it out!)
Pets Theme Ideas for your Sand and Water Table!
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Bird Nesting Cups
In advance, hole punch a hole on each side of a paper cup near the top.
Have the children help to lace string through the holes to make a hangar from the string.
In the sensory table, place fabric, lint from the clothes dryer, yarn and scissors. Encourage the children to cut the fabric and lint and place it in their cups. They can hang the cup outside near their home for birds to take the pieces to make a nest with.
Add plastic fish and small fish nets to the water table along with cups. The children try to catch one fish at a time with the net and place it in a cup.
Pets Theme Science Ideas for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Materials: Ok, ok, I KNOW this is a stretch for me! However, I have talked to many preschool teachers who LOVE their "hissers" as pets! The cages only need to be cleaned a few times a year; they eat fruit; and the do actually hiss (when scared, they release air from their abdomins to flatten their bodies and to warn off predators). They do not bite and do not move around very fast so the kids can actually...gulp...hold them!
I must admit I've never had one as a pet, but I'll tell you---teachers who have them LOVE them! Just a thought!
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