If you are like me while searching Pinterest, you might be overwhelmed by all the back to school activities for preschool teachers. Each of my 17 plus years of back to schools has given me a better understanding for what works and what doesn’t. I know I will continue to learn as the years go on, always tweaking things.
Here is a collection of activities, books and songs that might be good choices for those first weeks of school. Some we have tried and loved, and others I have found on the internet and have added them to my list to try.
Remember to keep things simple so as not to overwhelm yourself or the children. Don’t add more until you are feel they are ready. Don’t be afraid to remove materials you realize they might not be ready for yet.
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Back to School Activities for Preschool Teachers
Attach clothespins to sponges.
Brush glue on paper and add rice for a collage.
Stamp paint on paper using blocks.
Fill a sensory table with foam letters.
Or how about putting pom poms in the sensory table?
Use brayers instead of brushes for painting.
Paint with spools.
Make these cards for simple counting.
Add letters in the block area.
Collect bottle caps to put on the light table.
Don’t have a light table? Make your own!
Make a batch of play dough using this no-cook recipe.
Set up a sticky table.
Don’t forget the dramatic play area! Here are some great ideas.
Be sure to sing some favorite songs, such as these, during circle time.
And while at circle time, you can read one of these books about school.
Read The Kissing Hand and make this handprint art.
You can find even more back to school activities on my Pinterest board!
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