The warm weather has preschoolers in a summer ice cream mood, so it’s time to stock up on hands-on learning activities! These ice cream lesson plans for preschool will have your students learning all sorts of things from literacy to math to fine motor skills.
Start off by making a fun ice cream cone activity using cupcake liners and paper. Children can then decorate their creations with cherries, nuts, and mini chocolate chips to make it their own.
Math lesson plans are important for teachers because they allow students to learn math in an interactive and fun way. They also help students understand basic math concepts, like counting and shapes.
Kids are naturally curious about numbers and math, so it’s not a surprise that they enjoy learning about them. However, it’s not always easy to make a lesson plan that will engage students and keep them interested in learning.
To help you plan an effective math lesson, here are some of my favorite tips and ideas for teaching kids math:
1. Use a variety of hands-on math activities that don’t require extensive planning ahead of time. These include counting, number recognition, simple addition and subtraction, introduction to shapes, measuring, graphing and more.
2. Incorporate a lot of physical activity to improve student learning and attention. This includes playing games, using manipulatives and completing hands-on activities.
3. Teach students to count in groups of three. This is an important skill for preschoolers to have. They will listen to stories highlighting different groups of three, such as the “Three Little Pigs” or the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”
4. Introduce students to subtracting mixed numbers by showing them how to visualize the process in a variety of ways. This is one of my favorite math lessons for preschoolers because it provides a visual representation to students and helps them better understand how to solve the problem.
5. Explore shapes with 2-dimensional faces and 3-dimensional models. This is an amazing lesson that teaches children how 3-dimensional shapes have 2-dimensional faces, such as cubes and rectangular prisms.
6. Incorporate a hands-on math activity that encourages independent learning and helps students develop skills in addition. This activity is a great way for preschoolers to practice addition without the worry of being too competitive.
7. Incorporate a hands-on math activity with manipulatives to reinforce identifying colors and numbers. This activity is a great way for kids to practice counting and number recognition, and it also reinforces 1-1 counting.
8. Incorporate a hands-on math activity using play dough to encourage children to add up and compare numbers. This activity is a gentle introduction to addition for young children and includes a variety of extensions depending on your child’s age and interest.
A large part of a preschool curriculum involves learning reading skills, which are critical for a child’s success in school and beyond. These skills include phonological awareness, decoding, and fluency, as well as vocabulary development.
Preschoolers can begin to learn these literacy skills at an early age if the right learning resources are introduced. It is important to choose books that have a good rhythm and rhyme, as well as one that introduces new vocabulary.
This ice cream themed book is full of great activities that will teach students about different types of words. In addition, it will give them an opportunity to practice their fine motor skills as they use the scoop to fill up the cone.
To keep kids engaged, make the reading session a little more fun by adding some songs to the mix. Whether it’s the traditional ABC song or something more creative, children love hearing new songs and will be delighted by this activity.
Teaching reading to young students is essential because it helps them develop their comprehension, vocabulary, and oral communication skills. This can help them learn to communicate effectively with teachers and peers, and it will also help them grow their social skills.
Another way to help students develop their reading skills is by teaching them how to spell. This is an easy way to help children get started and build their confidence in their reading skills.
A simple project to build reading skills is to create a “word wall.” This idea is from Hands on as We Grow and is a great way for kids to practice their letter recognition, while also having fun!
Write the letters on a piece of paper and have your students match the correct words. Then, add the word to your classroom’s word wall so that students can see it on display.
You can even put a picture of the word on the wall and let them guess what it says, which is an excellent way to help your students practice their reading skills.
These ice cream themed literacy lesson plans will be a hit with your students. They’re sure to enjoy them and will leave them with a love of learning.
Fine motor skills are the small muscles that kids use when they grasp, pinch, pull, twist and push objects. They are important for hand strength and dexterity, so it’s essential to teach them early.
You can find a variety of ways to work on these skills during daily preschool activities. Some of the most fun and easy are finger painting, using stickers and pinning!
Finger painting with paintbrushes, sponges, pipettes, cotton balls and Q-tips is a great way to get your preschooler’s hands busy. It also helps them develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Stickers are another favorite fine motor activity that is great for children of all ages. They can stick them on paper, create a collage or even make a scene with stickers.
Pinching is one of the most effective ways to strengthen the pincer grip. Using giant pushpins (or toothpicks) to poke holes in shape outlines is an excellent fine motor exercise that will help your child’s pincer grip, hand-eye coordination and finger strength.
For extra practice, you can make a paper chain necklace by clipping together paper clips of different colors. This is a super simple and easy fine motor activity that will build hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp and finger strength while helping your child learn to recognize and color shapes.
Play dough is another great fine motor activity for kids to get their hands sticky and build hand strength! Squash, squeeze, rake, cut, sand, and roll it all adds to the experience of playing with playdough and developing hand-eye coordination.
You can also incorporate fine motor activities into your literacy centers with word-building cubes, as seen in this cute printable from Deanna Jump. Students match the words to their pictures for a fun learning experience.
This free printable is a great way to teach your kids beginning sounds, upper and lower case letter recognition, and math. You can easily adjust the difficulty to suit your classroom, so you can keep your little ones engaged and on task!
The best part about these fine motor lesson plans is that they will never know they are being “at work.” These activities are so fun, they won’t even realize they are practicing their hand-eye coordination and small motor skills.
Science is a very important subject in preschool because it allows children to learn about the world. It can also be very fun and exciting for kids, so it’s best to start exploring science early on!
Preschoolers are incredibly curious and want to learn everything they can about their environment. Learning about the world around them can help them develop critical thinking skills and become better citizens of the planet.
Getting your kids excited about science is easy! Just get them a good science book and some fun activities. You’ll be surprised at how much they can learn with a little time and some simple materials!
When designing science lesson plans for preschool, try to find activities that encourage curiosity and avoid overwhelming young children with lessons that are too complicated or that require them to use advanced technology. Choose lessons that focus on hands-on experiences and that require minimal explanation from you, so your child will have a positive learning experience.
One of the best ways to make learning about science more engaging is to create experiments that are based on natural processes. This can be a great way to teach concepts such as surface tension and chemical reactions without using complicated equipment.
Another way to make science more interactive is to encourage your kids to explore their environment by going outside and seeing how things change over time. This can be a great way to help them understand the weather and how it changes during different times of the year.
You can also help your kids learn about the sun and moon by making a foldable that shows how the moon looks at night. This can be a great activity for kids to do on a rainy day.
Finally, you can also create a fun science activity by helping your kids make bouncy balls! This can be a fun and educational project for the whole class to do. You’ll need borax, water, glue, cornstarch and food coloring to make these bouncy balls!
Preschoolers are naturally very interested in the things they can touch, taste, feel and hear. Science is all about exposing them to the things they can’t see or touch, and these experiments will help your kids get started in their journey into the world of science!
Beyond the realm of flavor and technique, Adriano recognizes the importance of sustainability and conscious consumption. His writing often explores eco-friendly practices within the ice cream industry, highlighting the use of locally sourced ingredients, reducing waste, and supporting ethical production methods.