Preschool Theme Ideas

Here is a list of preschool theme ideas for homeschooling young children.

I got a lot of my ideas from reading stories to my children. Sometimes a book will spark me to think of related learning activities. The book would give me an idea for a craft a snack, and an educational activity.

Other times I will have a theme in mind and find books that center around my idea. If I wanted to teach about spring I might find books about gardening. Then I might find alphabet books about vegetables. Then I would find gardening activities that I could do with my children. Finely I would do a hands-on craft.

One of the reasons that I liked to use unit studies when I was homeschooling preschool is because I could customize the activities to fit my child’s interests.

Different ideas for preschool themes

Bible Stories

Bible stories can be used to teach young children.We used different stories to teach about loving God and loving other people.To tell the story I usually used a story Bible.  

Here are some stories that make good studies;

  • Creation
  • Noah and the Ark

  • Joseph’s Dreams
  • Moses in the Bulrushes
  • Balaam’s Donkey
  • David and Jonathan
  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den
  • Naaman
  • The Fiery furnace
  • Samson
  • Jonah and the great fish
  • A son for Zechariah
  • Baby Jesus
  • The wise men
  • The good Samarian

For ideas on how to use Bible stories when teaching preschool please see Bible Lessons.

Character Building

Young children need to be good at social skills. Here are several ideas that will help your child develop good character;

  • Thankfulness
  • Self control
  • Obedience
  • Sharing
  • Being a Friend
  • Patience


Preschool theme ideas can center on the different seasons. Each season has different activities and thing to observe. You could also combine your studies of holidays with the seasons.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter


It is fun and easy to develop unit studies around holidays. You can find picture books for most of the major holidays. There are usually holiday crafts that are designed for young children. Traditional food is usually also a part of holidays. Have your child help as much as possible with the celebration.

Here are some holidays that might be interesting to young children;

  • Valentine’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Child’s Interests & Observations

Use your child’s interest for preschool theme ideas. Take your child to the library and see what books interest him. Also observe what he likes to play with. Here are some of the items that children like;

  • Dinosaurs
  • Trucks
  • Planes
  • Farm animals

  • Bugs /insects
  • Teddy bears
  • Oceans
  • Camping

Sometimes a child will observe something that will spark an interest. It might be a bird at the bird feeder or seeing a squirrel. When our child has an interest, we only have to go to the library for a book and gather craft materials. Then we can develop our theme.

Going Places

Taking our children on field trips can be learning experiences. We can teach them more by reading books and doing hands-on activities either before we do or after we come home.

  • Aquarium
  • Farm
  • Grocery store
  • Pumpkin patch

People in My Neighborhood

Young children are usually interested in jobs that people have.

  • Fireman
  • Police officer
  • Doctor
  • Dentist

Other Preschool Theme Ideas

Here are some themes that I could not think on how to categorize;

  • Gardening could be part of a spring or harvest study.
  • About me
  • Safety

I hope that I have caused you think of your own preschool theme ideas.

 Learning with young children is rewarding and fun. If like you like to combine subjects into one unit and you have older children you will like Free Homeschool Unit Studies.

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