This collection of hands-on summer preschool activities will help strengthen core literacy, numeracy, science, and art skills while giving kids plenty of opportunities to celebrate summer in all its colorful glory!
1. Bubble Art
Why not put a twist on a classic summer craft by turning foamy bubbles into colorful art?
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2. Feed The Shark Color and Shape Matching
This beach theme printable is a fun and hands-on way to practice identifying colors and shapes.
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3. Bubbly Ball Pit
There's nothing simpler than throwing together some colorful plastic balls and bubble solution to beat the summer heat.
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4. Sand and Ocean Sensory Activity
Skip the beach trip for this ocean-themed sensory table activity. It also makes for a great opportunity to discuss ocean animals and their habitat.
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5. Make Sponge Bombs
This simple activity repurposes sponges for hours of summer fun. Unlike water balloons, they can be reused for multiple epic water battles.
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6. Make Some Juicy Watermelon Scented Slime
This watermelon-scented slime, complete with pom-pom "seeds", smells just like summer and makes for great motor activity fun.
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7. Paper Bag Ice Cream Cone Sculpture
Kids will have hours of fun decorating these ice cream cones with dry beans, rice, or pasta disguised as hot fudge, sprinkles, and melted marshmallows.
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8. Pool Noodle Boats
Why not reuse pool noodles to create these adorable boats? Your preschooler won't have to wait for a lake trip to go sailing.
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9. Seashell Painting Outdoor Activity
10. Printable Summer Coloring Pages
Kids are sure to enjoy adding their own creative flair to images of beaches, flowers, ice cream, and all sorts of summertime fun.
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11. Egg and Spoon Race Activity for Kids
This fun summer activity is a fantastic opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination and balancing skills. Kids can paint their own eggs for an extra dose of fun before racing them across the finish line.
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12. Have a Water Balloon Fight
This collection of water balloon game ideas will keep kids cool in the summer heat while giving them plenty of physical exercises.
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13. Erupting Ice Chalk
This fun activity doesn't require a long material list, but two main ingredients; chalk and paint. Kids will love watching the chalk fizzle and dissolve!
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14. Flip Flops Pattern and Color Matching
15. Fireworks Math Activity
This festive summer activity is a great way to develop numeracy, counting, and correspondence skills.
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16. Summer Book Read-Aloud
17. Watermelon Counting Cards
This fun counting game makes for a great summer learning activity. All you need is some card stock and black playdough and you're ready to go!
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18. Sand Vinegar Volcano
This beloved activity is a great way to infuse a family beach trip with some explosive fun! Kids are sure to love watching the sand erupt.
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19. Summer Songs for Kids
This collection of summer songs includes circle time songs, chants, and plenty of room for students to add their own creative dance moves.
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20. Water Activities for Kids
What better way to cool down from the summer heat than with water games? This challenging water obstacle course will keep kids engaged for hours of outdoor fun.
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21. Go on a Bug Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt? This printable guide to all sorts of different bugs including worms and slugs is sure to be a hit with your young learner.
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22. Play With Water Beads
From water bead scooping, and funneling to sorting, this resource is full of sensory table ideas kids will love.
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23. Blow Giant Bubbles with DIY Bubble Wands
24. Make a Sand Handprint
Preserving your child's hand or footprint makes a heartwarming keepsake you will both cherish for years to come.
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25. Summer Reading Kit
Summer is the perfect time to build a daily reading habit. This printable kit includes a reading certificate and journal. It's a wonderful way to sharpen the reading skills kids have developed during the school year while giving them a chance to summarize their stories with drawings.
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26. Make Some Ice Cream
Preschoolers will love making their own ice cream in a bag. Why not let them choose their own chopped-up fruit to enhance the simple vanilla recipe.
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27. Alphabet Tracing Popsicles
This fun popsicle activity gives kids plenty of upper and lowercase letter printing practice. You could also challenge them to put the popsicles in alphabetical order as an extension activity.
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28. Sidewalk Chalk Paint
29. Frozen Paint Outdoor Activity
Throw together some washable paint, an ice cube tray, craft sticks, and painting paper and you're good to go. Kids are sure to enjoy experimenting with this frozen twist on traditional painting.
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30. Color by Code Summer Printable Set
Coloring by code is a great way to practice following instructions while building literacy and numeracy skills at once.
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31. Make an Outdoor Water Wall
This inventive STEM activity is a great opportunity for teaching about gravity and building problem-solving skills. Kids will be fascinated to see how water pools at the bottom and surely have lots of questions about where it comes from.
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32. Sight Word Splash
33. Beach Pall Painting Process Art
Kids are sure to enjoy dipping their beach balls into the paint to create all sorts of new and interesting shapes.
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34. Make a Paper Plate Sun
This hands-on activity gives preschoolers plenty of fringe cutting practice, which does not require as much dexterity as regular cutting. It's a great way to build fine motor skills for more challenging cutting projects in later grades.
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35. Ice Cream Sensory Bin
This ice cream-themed sensory bin gives young learners plenty of time chances for imaginative play. Challenge them to compete and see who can stack the tallest number of scoops on their cones.
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36. Fun With Playdough Shells
This summer-themed activity is a great opportunity to discuss why animals have shells and how they use them.
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37. Shell, Glitter, and Bubble Sensory Bottle
All you need are small shells, some blue glitter, and plenty of water for this super easy and engaging summer-themed sensory bottle.
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38. Shower Curtain Painting
This outdoor sensory painting activity will engage all your child's senses and gives them a chance to create without worrying about making a mess.
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39. Summer I Spy
This summer I Spy game is a great way to practice counting skills. Why not turn it into a fun race to see who can find all the items first?
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