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Preschool Nature Activities

Children and nature just go together. The great outdoors is the perfect place to play and learn! Children need to move and explore with all their senses and the outdoors naturally lends itself to learning.  Take learning outdoors with some great preschool nature activities.

Below you will find a list of preschool nature activities that have been featured on Things to Share & Remember. Click a post to be taken directly to the post related to each preschool nature play idea. Check back, I’m always adding more!

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Sorting Seeds Nature Trays

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes July has been all about nature activities with the EcoVenture theme from Experience Early Learning. We’re exploring wonders of the…

Nature Discovery Bottles

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes There are so many beautiful things around us, especially in the summer, so sometimes we take them for granted. It…

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

As we finish up our Explore the Rainforest theme with Experience Preschool, we created mini rainforest terrariums for the children to observe and care for.…

Cracking Nuts in Preschool

We’ve been learning about the weather and seasons and watching the squirrels in our yard. It’s that time of year when the grocery store puts…

Where do seeds come from?

When the weather changes, we see changes in plants. Fruits and vegetables are fully grown and harvested. Flowers have matured and are fading. Autumn is…

Superheroes Take Care Of the Earth

Let’s Be Superheroes from Experience Curriculum has made our summer extra fun! The weekly topics included: Superhero Dress-Up, Super Powers, Saving the Planet, and Everyday…

Build a Bird Nest Activity

Our days are filled with play, as they should be for young children. Setting up the environment that encourages children to test out new ideas…

Pine Tree Investigation

If we take a walk through the woods, we’ll see a pine tree. We might see also see a snowflake, pinecone, icicle or a snowman…

Nature Play Mud Pies

My kids loved making their nature play mud pies! Mud was the topic of lesson 10 from Down on the Farm. This is the perfect…

Y is for Yellow Dandelion Play Dough

This month, along with Experience Preschool (formerly Mother Goose Time), we’re focusing on letters Y & V. We have done several activities for letter Y,…

Loose Parts Nature Designs

Now that it’s fall, we’ve been learning about orchards, trees and also parts of a tree. This loose parts nature designs activity from Mother Goose…

Apple Seed Art

I just have to share our apple seed art from day one of the Orchard Harvest theme. They turned out so cute. It was a…

Handprint Spiders & Paper Plate Webs

We’ve been learning about animal homes including holes where rabbits live, beaver dens and lodges, and spider homes which are webs. These lessons are part…

Creating Seed Mosaics

First, we explored soil, then seeds as part of our gardening theme. One of our seed activities was creating seed mosaics which turned out beautiful!…

Planting Seeds in Preschool

It’s that time of year again to plant some seeds! Planting Seeds in Preschool is such a wonderful hands-on experience for children! I love that it…

Rock Letters

Teaching preschoolers letter and word recognition is easy and fun with creative materials like these Rock Letters. Rock Letters are perfect for a dinosaur theme but…

Nature Letters

Incorporating nature into my preschool program is important to me, so I loved this Nature Letters idea for a table top literacy activity from Mother Goose…

Slug Bug Habitats

Well, slugs are kinda lowly creatures. Interesting, but not the top of the list even when thinking of teaching children about insects. I’m glad they…

Colors of a Monarch

During week four of Bees and Butterflies Mother Goose Time Theme, we learned about monarch butterflies. We have been learning about the life cycle of…

Make a Leaf Garland

We had such a lovely time playing in the leaves last week. Our Autumn Blaze Maple took it’s time turning color and dropping it’s leaves…

In the Orchard Fall Preschool Theme

Our In the Orchard fall preschool theme is coming to an end. With Mother Goose Time, we’ve learned about so many wonderful aspects of the…

Pounding Colors from Nature

What will happen when you pound on fabric that is over a leaf? It’s an interesting discovery to see what happens! The Mother Goose Time curriculum includes…

Exploring Seeds in Preschool

We have been exploring seeds the last few days with the Experience Curriculum theme, In the Orchard. One of the manipulatives included this month is…

Nature Sachet Air Fresheners

Learning about the air in preschool with Experience Early Learning’s nature theme has been super fun! Think about it – wind, sense of smell, balloons,…

Nature Play Dough

All through July we’ve been enjoying nature activities along with our Nature Detectives theme. One day we played with nature play dough.  We’re always looking…

Nature Detectives Learning About Trees

The past week has been all about learning about being Nature Detectives Learning About Trees. Week one of the Experiences Early Learning Curriculum EcoVenture (2021)…

O is for Ocean Printable

O is for ocean! This is a simple ocean themed, fine motor and literacy activity. Use the O is for Ocean Printable to create the page.…

Bees Pollinate the Poppies

Last week we learned how bees help the gardens grow. I loved the connection between art, nature and science in our Mother Goose Time lesson, “Bees…

Outdoor Art: Autumn Leaf Collage

I like to incorporate a variety of activities in our outdoor play including art. This activity includes many areas of learning actually – nature, sensory,…

Fall Nature Table for Preschoolers

Our fall preschool nature table – full of color & texture! The last few weeks I’ve really enjoyed looking for nature items for our preschool…

Preschool Art Study: Painting Sunflowers

In July, our activities focused on art with the Art Studio kit from Mother Goose Time. Preschool Art Study: Painting Sunflowers The children were inspired to…

R is for Rocks | Preschool Activities

Our rock activities included water and rocks sensory play, scrubbing rocks with water and brushes, combining rocks and playdough, investigating different kinds of rocks, shells…

Ocean Sand Sensory Bin

This sensory bin doesn’t coordinate with our current theme, but I was inspired to make it after finding the little sailboat while I was out…

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt! We’re going to find some pretty ones! [xyz-ihs snippet=”Thank-you-for-reading-2″] Here’s some red ones… and some yellow ones. Here’s a…

Picking Green Tomatoes

We had lots of tomatoes in the garden that are still green. They just aren’t going to ripen there so I had the boys help…

Painting with Sticks

We love painting outdoors on our new easel ($2 at a garage sale!)  Yesterday we tried painting with sticks. Like a brush but yet, not…

Robin Poster From Egg to Bird

Each spring, we enjoy watching the robins return to Wisconsin. It’s a sure sign of spring! Well, except maybe this year when they arrived at…

Discovering Worms

Discovering Worms has been so fun. I told my group we are going on a worm hunt! [xyz-ihs snippet=”Thank-you-for-reading-“] We found some! The little guy…

Ocean Scenes with Foamie Stickers

Oceans are amazing! They are filled with wonderful creatures that we often do not get to actually see, only read about or see pictures of…