Pre-K & Preschool theme ideas for learning about families
Find more Family Theme Activities for Pre-K on the category page.
Check here for a complete list of Books about Families!
Family Large Motor Games
After reading the book, Jonathan and His Mommy, go through the book once more, and have the children walk in the same ways that Jonathan does.
Family Fine Motor Activities
Bear Family Play Dough Cutters
Add bear family cookie cutters (made by Wilton) to the play dough area. Children use these to cut out the different sizes of bears to make the bear family.
Play Dough Family
Children can make people with the play dough. Encourage them to make a family. Add Barbie shoes to the area for the children to add to the feet of their family. Be sure to include shoes for women, men, and children.
Family Art Activities
Baby Blanket (or Family Quilt)
Children glue small squares of fabric to a piece of felt to make a “baby blanket”. Children use it with the classroom baby dolls to role play taking care of a baby. Or, if you prefer, you can call it a family quilt.
Children use multicultural paint to paint a small paper plate, add yarn hair to match the color of their own hair, add wiggle eyes, and draw a nose and mouth. These are taped to a craft stick to make a puppet.
Paper Bag Puppets
Children make a puppet of one of their family members using a paper bag.
Family Literacy Activities
Animal Families Class Book
After we read the book, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, by Eric Carle, we made a our own class book. Each page of our book says, “A ____ has a mother, too. Just like me and you.” Children cut a picture of an animal from a magazine and glued it on the page. I found great animal pictures in Your Big Backyard magazine. To make our class books, I use “presentation book covers” from an office supply store or Walmart. It has a sturdy plastic cover with a clear insert, and the pages are also clear inserts. I just slip in a page for the front cover, and slip in the children’s pages inside. These can be reused.
This is an activity that goes with any theme. Choose a book that goes with the theme, and have the children retell the story.
Read the blog post here for details: story retelling
Family Math Activities
Children classify photos of classmates and glue them on paper divided into two sections: “boys” and “girls”. To read more about this, see the blog post here: Classification with Photos. An alternate activity would be to classify the pictures as “children” and “parents”. I have done both.
People Object Graph
We use the floor graph and people figures from the block center. We graph how many boys and girls are in the class, each child placing a people figure on the graph to represent themselves. We count and compare most/least/same. We make other graphs: Do you have sisters? Do you have brothers?
Baby Grid Game
Read about about print here: Grid Games
Family Social Skills Activities
Children draw a picture their family members.
Children bring family photos to school to share with the class. I add these photos to the children’s portfolio notebooks.
Baby Care Prop Box
Include: Dolls, Doll clothes, Velcro diapers, Bottles, Baby blankets, High chair, Doll crib, Empty baby food jars, Baby spoons, Rattles, Small stuffed toys, Empty powder & wet wipe containers, Bibs
Baby Bath Prop Box
Include: Plastic dolls, Hand towels, Sponges, Dish pans or water table, Water smocks, Water, Liquid soap, Diapers
Add people figures that represent different races and ages to the block center.
Find more Family Theme Activities for Pre-K
Nursery rhymes that go well with a Families Theme:
- There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
- Every Mouse and Bumblebee
Look for printable posters of these rhymes on the Nursery Rhymes Page.
Families & Homes Theme Pack
This Families & Homes Theme pack contains 17 printable activities will help your students learn important math and literacy skills! Small Group or Centers * Hands-On * Includes 123 pages
- We Are a Family, by Jack Hartmann
- All I Really Need, by Raffi – Download on iTunes or Amazon