Classroom Ideas


Nov 4, 2022

14 November Preschool and Daycare Themes & Lesson Plan Ideas

Mackenzie Lee

It's November, and that means it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! But don't worry, there are plenty of other fun November themes to explore as well. In this blog post, we will share some November preschool themes and accompanying November lesson plan themes. Whether you're looking for Thanksgiving ideas or autumn-themed activities, we've got you covered! So get ready to bring November to life in your child care center.

Table of Contents

  1. November Activities

  2. November Lesson Plans

  3. November Themes

November Activities

  1. Turkey Crafts

  • Create turkey paint hands with your classroom.

  • Make a paper plate turkey and hang them from the ceiling for the month!

  • Toilet paper roll turkeys are fun and adorable. Check out how to make them Here.

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  1. Leaf Crafts

  • Leaf Rubbings. All you need are some leaves, crayons, and paper. check out how to make them Here

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  • Leaf Sun-catchers. This craft is perfect for exploring colors and light. Get the tutorial Here

  • Painted Leaves. All you need to do is grab some real leaves and let the kids go to town with paint!

  1. Pumpkin Crafts

  • Paint mini pumpkins with your students. These will be a great decoration for November throughout your daycare center!

  • Paper Plate Pumpkins. Another easy craft to hang from the ceilings to bring the Autumn season to life

  • Pumpkin Seeds Craft. A creative way to make art for your children. Get the tutorial Here

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  1. Thanksgiving Activities

  • Gratitude Tree. This is a great way to remind your students of all the good things in their lives! Check out different variations Here.

  • Acorn Matching Game. Let your students find acorns and match them up.

  • Turkey Trot Race. This is a great way for your kids to get some exercise and burn energy.

November Lesson Plans

  1. All about Turkeys. Get into the Autumn holiday spirit by reading to your children about turkeys! Check out our favorite turkey books Here

  2. The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. Let a pumpkin rot and turn it into a science experiment for your students to keep track of through the month.Talk to them about the changes in color and shape of the pumpkin and why it's decomposing.

  3. Understanding Leaves. Adventure outside and have each student gather one leaf. Bring them all back into the classroom with their leaf and sort them by similarities. This is a great visualization of leaf variety and a good opportunity to educate them about the leaf cycle and season changes.

  4. Gratitude Journaling. This is a great way to start each day in November. Go around the circle and have each child say something they are grateful for. Write it down in a November gratitude journal to look back on as a class.

  5. Generosity and Giving Back. Talk to your students about what it means to give back and be generous. Have a discussion about people or organizations that give back and why it's important. Using books and videos to help explain what it means to give back will help your kids understand. Consider this video about Clarence the fox learning about the joy of giving. Link

November Themes

  1. Autumn. This is a great time to talk about the change in seasons and why leaves change color.

  2. Thanksgiving. This is obviously a big theme in November! Talk about what Thanksgiving is and why people celebrate

  3. Friendship. Friendship is always a great theme to explore with children. This month, consider books about being thankful for friends such as *A Thanksgiving Friendship* by TL Suchman or *Porcupine's Pie* by Laura Renauld.

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  4. Pumpkins. Talk about how pumpkins grow and the different ways people use them.

  5. Turkey. Learn about different types of turkeys and why they are so important to Thanksgiving.

Bring November to life in your child care center with these fun November themes and lesson plans!

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