Get ready for a memorable month with our mesmerizing May preschool themes, designed to captivate your little ones through exciting hands-on learning activities! Don’t stress about the busy month ahead — and May really is a busy month — because we’re here to make it a breeze!
And guess what? There’s even more than enough fabulous theme ideas on our ultimate list to keep those curious minds inspired all year long!
Preschool Themes to Teach in May
Nigel “Fennel” Hudson was an avid naturalist outdoorsman and angler, in addition to being a renowned author, editor, and publisher.
In one of his published journals, he wrote:
May, more than any other month, wants us to feel most alive.― Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal – No. 1
With spring in full bloom, and maybe some hints of summer threatening us, May is a wonderful month for teaching preschool. And Fennel Hudson got is right; it’s a time to feel alive! To actively live and enjoy and maybe even indulge a little.
And these are all things preschoolers naturally do, and they do them well. So let’s make the most of this month of May by finishing the school year with the most memorable preschool themes and activities. This list of May preschool themes was curated to make your theme planning all the easier, and each theme was included because May is the perfect time for these fun activities!
From flowers for Mother’s Day to caps and gowns for preschool graduation, this post will inspire your teaching!
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FAQ About Teaching Themes for May
The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing a theme for a preschool unit. Rainbows, flowers, spring, and seasons themes are always popular, but you might be surprised at how much your preschoolers will love transportation, seeds, or rocks.
The best preschool themes for teaching will be those that are high interest or that challenge the interests of the children through engaging, hands-on activities.
May is the month to get creative when it comes to choosing a teaching theme in preschool. With the end of the year quickly approaching, and with these seasons moving from spring themes into summer, it’s the time to have some extra fun and make beautiful memories. Try choosing a some of these May preschool themes.
~ Mother’s Day
~ Memorial Day
~ classic children’s books
~ preschool graduation
~ birds, nests, & feathers
~ life cycles
~ rain and clouds
Themes to Teach in Your May Preschool Lesson Plans
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm for teaching during the month of May. No matter how you slice it, May is one busy month, and the pressure is on to keep doing our best teaching.
The first step to making that happen is to have a treasure box of lesson plans and preschool themes for May right at your own fingertips. This post will expose all the traditional May themes, as well as some less traditional (but equally as fun) preschool activity ideas and themes.
From fine motor skills and sensory bins to process art with a twist of literacy and math, this post is every preschool teacher’s dream come true!
Establishing structure and incorporating creative activities into your preschool lesson plans will keep them organized, engaged, and motivated during their development. Let the little ones explore new ideas this month to get their minds going in exciting directions!
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All About Me Preschool Theme
Get ready to embark on an exciting journey of self-discovery with our amazing All About Me preschool theme! We’re crafting a colorful world where every little one can explore their own uniqueness and appreciate the same in their classmates. Together, we’ll create an inclusive and safe haven for learning, where differences are celebrated and cherished.
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Bees Preschool Theme
Buzz-tastic news! Your preschoolers will be buzzing with joy with our oh-so-amazing bee-themed activities! Engage your curious preschoolers in a world of over 16 interactive and educational activities. From captivating books to colorful art projects and even un-bee-lievably fascinating explorations into their life cycle – this is THE way to ignite that spark of knowledge in every young learner! You’ll find the whole bundle of ideas at the end of this post in a FREE download of preschool lesson plans.
Classic Children’s Books Preschool Theme
Uncover the treasures of language development, vocabulary growth, and foster a lifelong love for reading. Discover 16 captivating activities, perfect for any season, crafted especially for a children’s book-themed preschool adventure. Best of all, grab your free and neatly packaged preschool lesson plans download.
Colors Preschool Theme
Get ready to brighten up your kiddo’s world this May! Dive into the vibrant universe of colors with our fantastic, FREE color lesson plans crafted especially for your preschooler! Let them be amazed as they recognize, compare, and learn the names of stunning colors all around. Don’t miss the chance to unlock their true potential and prepare for a life lived in full color!
Family & Pets Preschool Theme
Get ready, preschoolers, for an absolutely amazing adventure in May! It’s all about celebrating our families and furry friends in the most fun and fabulous way with these free family and pets preschool lesson plans! Let’s come together to share heartwarming stories and exciting experiences about our loved ones at home! It’s going to be a family and pets extravaganza! So gear up, little ones, and let the joyous journey begin!
Feelings & Emotions Preschool Lesson Plans
Unleash your preschooler’s emotional superhero as the school year winds down! There’s no better time than the end of the school year to remind preschoolers all about their big feelings and emotions. Devote a week to mastering their whirlwind of feelings and conquering the realms of emotion! With our free feelings and emotions lesson plans, your child will have a blast learning about all their big feelings, and they’ll be even more prepared for entering kindergarten.
Flowers Preschool Theme
Has springtime got you craving colorful, blossom-filled activities? We’ve curated a delightful assortment of FREE preschool lesson plans to keep your little ones captivated! From flower-themed books and artsy projects to hands-on math & science explorations (flower dissection, anyone?), we’re sure these plans will keep your classroom blooming with fun and learning! Get it all in one convenient place with our downloadable pdf.
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Graduation Preschool Theme
Looking for some preschool graduation ideas? How about some pre-k graduation ideas you can do on the cheap? I hear you. While those magazine-worthy preschool graduation set-ups are tempting, they aren’t realistic for every preschool.
Here is how I created a kick-a$$ preschool graduation on less than $6 per child.
Ice Cream Preschool Theme
Hear that? It’s the sound of excited little voices cheering for ice cream! Dive into the delightful world of this cool treat with a unique ice cream-themed preschool module, perfect for science exploration and tackling hot days. Discover an irresistible collection of lesson plan ideas, totally free!
Unleash creativity with endless ice cream-inspired activities, from book ideas to art and sensory play, to math and science fun. Ready to scoop up the ultimate learning experience?
Mother’s Day Preschool Theme
Moms are simply extraordinary, don’t you think? With May being their special month, let’s explore some delightful DIY homemade gifts to express our love – like unique handprint art keepsakes! But, remember, celebrating mom transcends artsy presents. It’s about cherishing her devotion and warmth. It’s a delightful way to salute the extraordinary bond between moms and their little ones. Grab these Mother’s Day activities here!
Ocean Preschool Theme
Dive into the end of the school year with a splash of the ocean! Get ready for summer adventures with our treasure trove of engaging ocean-themed activities for preschoolers. Immerse your preschoolers in learning as they explore intriguing sensory ocean bins, create their very own sea stars, and have a blast with delightful ocean games – all packed into these ocean preschool lesson plans.
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Rocks Preschool Theme
If you’re looking for rockin’ fun, look no further- we’ve put together an awesome bundle of ideas to shake up your preschoolers lesson plans. Join us in exploring the world through art and science as we take a closer look at rocks with our free download filled full of creativity! Pair these lesson plans with your Earth Day preschool theme.
Robots Preschool Theme
Get your circuits buzzing with an electrifying robot-themed preschool activities! Robots are all the rage right now, and when you check out our free robot preschool lesson plans, you’re gonna love what activities they have in store! Little ones love our innovative robot activities. Come give it a try – you’re sure to be positively energized by the experience!
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Summer Preschool Theme
Squeeze the day with lemonade, rock those tank tops, and dive into water play – summer is here with a splash! Get ready for an exciting adventure with our set of free and oh-so-fun summer preschool themes, specially designed for preschoolers and toddlers. Let’s turn up the heat with the perfect mix of sunny activities and engaging summer lesson plans for your curious preschooler – trust us, you’re in for a treat!
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Water Fun Preschool Theme
Water, water, everywhere! This preschool theme is a great way to beat the summer heat and soak up the water fun! It includes plenty of preschool water table activities, and even more! A water preschool theme is a fantastic introduction to summertime and will perfectly complement your ocean, beach, or sea life activities for preschool.
We’ve got you covered with plenty of ideas for a water table activities for preschoolers, including book ideas, art and sensory exploration, and math and science fun.
Watermelon Preschool Theme
A watermelon preschool theme is one in a melon! This summery theme is an exciting way to kick off warmer weather. Download these free watermelon preschool lesson plans and jump into this sweet theme!
Toddler Themes for May
Finish up your April activity calendar with these April activities for kids – specifically toddlers. See all our toddler activity plans here.
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.