Are you looking for some weekly lesson plans for preschool? How about pond theme lesson plans for preschoolers? How about something free? Then you’ve come to the right place.
This post features 16 pond activities to add to your weekly lesson plans for preschool. In fact, I’ll do you one better. You can just grab the free download from the end of the post.
Free Weekly Lesson Plans for Preschool Pond Theme
LEARN AT HOME PRESCHOOL SHOULD NOT REPLACE A FORMAL PRESCHOOL PROGRAM, BUT RATHER SHOULD SUPPLEMENT ONE.
You probably happened upon this post because you are looking for some homeschool preschool lesson plans. You might be a homeschooling parent looking for an inexpensive but quality homeschool preschool activities already designed and laid our for you. Or, you might be a professional preschool teacher looking for activities you can send home to your students’ parents to support themes you are exploring in the classroom. Maybe some activities for remote teaching?
The Learn At Home Preschool can be those things.
What are Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans?
The Learn at Home Preschool is a set of free printable homeschool lesson plans for preschool, so you can teach your preschooler at home. If you are a teacher, these specific lesson plans can be shared with your students’ parents as a way to support learning at home.
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, requiring almost nearly prep, if any at all, and only requiring the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
Each week featured between 12-16 theme-related learning activities for preschoolers, so there is plenty of materials to get you through a week of homeschool preschool. Just glace over the lessons each day and gather the very few materials and you are set to go and homeschool preschool for the week!
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Our latest theme to be added to the ever-growing of free weekly lesson plans for preschool is our Pond Theme!
Hands-on Weekly Lesson Plans for Preschool Pond Theme
Pond Life is a wonderful preschool theme because it explores animals that many of our preschoolers see out in their own yards, parks, and neighborhood. We’re talking frogs, turtles, ducks, swans, beavers, etc. These animals live in most environments in the US as well as around the world, making them especially interesting to preschoolers. Most preschoolers already have some background knowledge.
Here are 16 hands-on learning activities for preschoolers all centered around a pond life theme. And best of all, if you are homeschooling preschool, these are all pond activities that can be done at home. No special materials required!
Pond Theme Literacy Activities for Preschoolers
Lily Pad Hop – Use green construction paper to cut out 26 lily pads (less if your child doesn’t know all the letters). Simply cut a circle and then cut a notch out of each circle, thus making a. quick lily pad. Use a marker to write a letter on each lily pad. Arrange the lily pads on the floor in a large circle. Finally, ask your preschooler to hop like a frog around the lily pads, naming each letter or sound as he goes.
Muddy Writing – Ponds are definitely muddy! Create a simple mud writing tray by adding a little dirt and water to a baking dish. Then, invite your preschooler to use his finger, or a Q-tip, to make various lines. She can even draw pictures in the mud.
Pond Life Theme Math & Science Preschool Activities
Counting Eggs – Many aquatic birds live near the pond. Find a set of like items that are egg-like in appearance. (Small rocks, floral pebbles, wooden blocks, Easter eggs, etc.) Write the numbers 1-10 on some index cards. Draw a card and count the corresponding number of eggs. Or you can also grab these free number formation cards printable, too.
Sink or Float? – In advance, collect some random, waterproof items from around the house and yard. Fill the bathtub with no more than two inches of water and invite your preschooler to test which items float and which do not. Have her make a simple hypothesis with each item by saying, “I think this will / will not float because___” Then test it to see if the hypothesis is true. *** Never leave your child unsupervised around water of any depth.***
Playful Learning Activities for Preschool Pond Theme
Edible Ponds – Fill a graham cracker crust with chocolate pudding. Then cover completely with blue sprinkles. Add some fish candies or goldfish crackers to the top, and enjoy.
Underwater Looking Glass – Take an empty, plastic frozen juice can and cut off the bottom to make a tube. Take three sheets of plastic wrap and cover one end, making sure each layer is pulled taut with no wrinkles. Wrap tightly with rubber bands. Now the can can be used an underwater looking glass.
Pond Walk – If you live near a pond, take a walk there with your preschooler.
Hands-on Pond Themed Activities for Indoors
Pond Pretend Play – Set out a blanket, blue if you can, on the floor and pretend it is a pond. Set out a laundry basket to be a boat. Sing “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” as your preschoolers pretend to row across the blanket pond. This is a fun activity to do with siblings, too!
Map Reading – Ponds are an addition to many city parks and playgrounds. Look at the map of the park in this link with your preschooler and follow the directions on the page to complete the map reading activity. Then, invite your preschooler to design their own park on a sheet of paper.
How do Fish Breathe Underwater? – Follow this simple science experiment to find out!
Just for Fun Preschool Activities for Pond Theme
Duck, Duck, Goose – No pond theme is complete without a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Watch full instructions here.
Turtle Craft – Cut a white paper plate in half. This will be the turtle’s shell. Use green construction paper to make legs, a head, and a tail. Tear some green paper into about 1 inch pieces. Glue the pieces to the turtle shell, trying to “fit” the pieces like a puzzle.
Rock Trails – Small rocks are common around ponds. Have your preschooler collect lots of rocks from around the yard and then line them up in rows. Challenge her to make spirals or waving lines, or different shapes with the rocks.
Kid-Safe Activities to do Online
Online Story – Go to Storylineonline.net and listen to the book The Kissing Hand and read by Barbara Bain. Look for a red button under the video called “Activity Guides” to find related activities that pair with the book.
Pond Life Video – Take a look at what life looks like for microscopic organisms in a freshwater pond with this YouTube video. As you watch, as your preschooler to verbally describe what the organism looks like and how it is moving.
Five Green and Speckled Frogs Song– The actions in this favorite preschool song are very kid friendly. And of course, it teaches counting, too!
USE THESE PRESCHOOL LESSON PLANS FOR REMOTE TEACHING
Since these are free weekly lesson plans for preschool that are designed to be done at home and taught by the parents, they are also easy to use for distance learning purposes. These lesson plans are designed to be shared in a secure and non-public manner under the direction of a teacher.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.