10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

Being a Marine Corps “brat” (my dad’s retired), it’s no surprise that I love including a preschool patriotic theme in my annual planning!  I don’t do a full theme every year, but I like to incorporate some of the ideas at relevant times.  Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day are perfect examples.  These activities are also fun to do at home for holidays that take place outside of the school year — July 4th and Flag Day.

USA Bracelet
This is one of those simple activities that the kids just loved!  They were so excited to wear the bracelets they’d made using red, white, and blue pony beads.  We talked about how America has initials just like we do, which prompted some of the kiddos to add U.S.A. to their Americana bracelets.

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

Letters and Pictures for Active-Duty Marines
The boys and girls did an amazing job with their pictures!  Mary Poppins and I enjoyed writing down what each child had to say to “the soldiers” who serve our country.

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

American Rockets
We made and decorated rocket ships.  The children enjoyed playing with them a little too much — we had rockets zooming around the classroom for a while, which cracked me up!  :)  Mary Poppins brought in really thick cardboard tubes, which helped with the rockets’ sturdiness.  She also found the cutest space-themed stickers!  The kids loved those stickers so much that we had to “ration” them!

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

Red and Blue Colored Ice Play
Engineer and a few of my babysitting kiddos really enjoyed this over the summer!  It would be a great addition to a water table or sensory play center.

10 Ideas for Preschool Patriotic Theme

Patriotic Word Building
For the ABC Center, we wrote words related to America on our teacher white board.  The children used magnetic letters to make those words.  In the picture below, I placed the appropriate magnetic letters all mixed up near each written word.  The letters can also be placed on one big cookie sheet near the white board.

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

Soldier Dress-Up
Dressing up like soldiers was a hit in the home center!  The kiddos are so used to Mary Poppins and I taking tons of pictures . . . this entire week, every time one of them dressed up, they dutifully walked over to one of us to pose for a picture before returning to play.  With such cute students, though, how could we not take pictures?!

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

American Flag Craft
This was an incredibly simple craft for the students.  I simply set out red and white strips of paper, some star stickers, and blue rectangles.  Then I suggested they make their own American flags, and I left them to it!  I’m proud of what a great job they did on this independent craft activity!

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

American Symbols Book-Making
The children practiced writing ‘I’, ‘see’, and ‘the’ while making a book about America.  It wasn’t fancy or cute, but it served its purpose very well!  They wrote about different American symbols, then glued the colored-in clip art on the appropriate pages.  I liked observing who knew the words already, who still needed help with holding the pencil, and who knew the pictures of different American symbols.

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

Build National Monuments
Mary Poppins printed a laminated a variety of American monument pictures for our building center.  We placed the pictures near the blocks and challenged the kids to create their own versions of the monuments.  I loved watching them work together to problem solve and build!

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

Sorting Coins
A simple, but meaningful, way for the kiddos to work with coins.  Sorting them drew attention to the similarities and differences of each coin.  There’s a link to a free sorting printable there.

10 Ideas for a Preschool Patriotic Theme

For more ideas for a preschool patriotic theme, please feel free to check out my {Theme}America Pinterest board.  I’ll continue to add to it as I find great ideas!

Shared at Tender Moments with Toddlers & Preschoolers, THE Pin-It Party, Pin It Tuesday, Kids Co-Op, We Love WeekendsLink and LearnActivities for Preschoolers

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    • says

      Thanks for stopping by! Most of the time, the kiddos are soooo good at putting up with the pictures. Every once in a while, though, I’ve heard, “She’s getting her camera! Watch out!” :)

    • says

      How cool, Courtney! Let me know if you’re able to try any of the activities out. :) I’m going to pop over and check out your patriotic ideas in just a few minutes.

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