Do you teach preschool during the summer? Or are you the kind of parent who likes to throw in some educational activities between popsicles and swimming lessons? I’m the latter.
Try these summer learning activities for preschoolers to keep your preschooler engaged in learning while also having loads of summer fun!
These activities for preschoolers are sure to be as good as summer preschool because they are such fun activities!
Summer Activities for Preschool to Keep ’em Learning
Summer learning activities for preschool have never been so easy!
Ok, so I’m that mom who, every year when fourth-quarter report cards come home, takes a look at her children’s strengths and weaknesses and immediately sets to work devising a summer plan to keep learning.
I’d love for our district to move to a modified year-round schedule, because I’m that parent who’s afraid her kids are going to forget everything they’ve learned over the year.
I mean, I can tell one of my kids not to use their shirt as a napkin and two seconds later they’re wiping their face on their sleeve. So, what does that say about long division?
Ok, so maybe I don’t give my kids enough credit, but I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with partially filling our summer days with learning activities. Seriously, remember how good it felt that last time you learned how to do something new?
These summer learning activities are just the thing to help keep your preschooler advancing throughout the summer while still having loads of fun.
But don’t worry. These aren’t academic lessons!
They’re just happy, summer themed activities that are downright fun!
Some are free printables for summer and others are hands-on activities using basic household materials. Keep reading to find all my best summer learning activities for kids.
FAQs About Teaching Preschoolers in the Summer
Lessons for preschoolers in the summer are mostly the same as during the other seasons. Preschoolers still need to learn literacy, math and prewriting skills, as well as science concepts and social-emotional skills. All those things remain important.
But summer learning activities open up additional themes that we might not teach during the traditional school year. Some topics that are best learned during the summer are swimming and water safety, fire safety, and bike safety. You can also do a dessert theme, a watermelon theme, or an ice cream theme!
A good way to teach preschoolers about the summer season is to show them a calendar and explain that summer occurs during the months of June, July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere, or December, January, and February in the Southern Hemisphere.
Then you can talk about the weather that we experience and the activities people enjoy during the summer. Remember that summer can feel different based on where you live, so try doing some science experiments, stem activities, and loads of sensory activities, too.
There are many themes that preschool teachers can cover during the summer. Think about it…what do you like to do in the summertime?
Some popular summer themes for preschool include ocean theme, beach, sports, ice cream, camping, transportation, desert, zoo animals, and gardening. You can teach about dinosaurs, around the world, construction, bubbles, insects, or flowers and trees.
These learning activities for summertime are sure to keep your preschoolers having fun and learning all summer long. With a variety of activities like sensory play ideas, and arts and crafts that cover topics like science, literacy, and math, your kids will never be bored!
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.