New year, new look! Ditch the teacher-centered classroom this school year and give your preschoolers a more immersive atmosphere. Preschool is the first exposure to learning in a classroom for most children, and they embrace the experience when the classroom feels like a large play area. Whether you switch out your themes for each unit, include a variety of dramatic play areas, or go all-out with one epic preschool classroom theme, the ideas below are sure to win over your preschoolers’ hearts and minds!
1. Our Learning Is Out of This World
With the newly released NASA images, fascination with space is at an all-time high. Decorate your room with dark walls, vibrant planet colors, lights for stars, and so much more. Students will develop a love for learning that lasts for light-years.
Buy it: Rocket Ship Playhouse at Oriental Trading; Night Star Sky Backdrop at Amazon; Giant Inflatable Solar System at Amazon; LED Fairy String Lights at Walmart; Carson Dellosa Galaxy Bulletin Board Accessories at Oriental Trading
2. We Are Wild About Learning
Allow your preschoolers to be explorers in their jungle-themed classroom. From weather to plants, animals, and more, students will get into the “swing” of things and learn more about the world around them. Have fun with foliage and more as you decorate this classroom!
Buy it: Safari Animal Bulletin Board Set at Amazon; Family Trees Wall Decal at Amazon; 8-Foot Tiki Tropical Umbrella at Amazon; Tropical Foliage Paper Roll at Oriental Trading; Safari Stuffed Animal Set at Amazon; Kids Teepee Tent at Walmart
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3. Learning Blooms Here
Teachers are known for planting seeds of knowledge that will grow forever. Plant the seeds while your preschoolers learn in your garden-themed classroom. Fill your room with artificial flowers, live plants, and a grass rug. They will be so engaged in their learning, they will forget they are in a school room.
Buy it: Paper Flower Kit at Michaels; Artificial Grass Turf Rug at Walmart; Kid Leaf Canopy at Amazon; Modern Greenery Bulletin Board Set at Etsy; White Picket Fence Stand at Oriental Trading; Floral Garden Stems at Dollar Tree
Image: My Reading Garden (Otosection)
4. Learning Is an Adventure: Camp Pre-K
Learning is not always confined to the classroom—it is all around us. From home, school, stores, vacations, and nature, we learn in any and all environments. Learning is an adventure, so make your preschool classroom feel like one. Allow students to pretend with a campfire, embrace woodland creatures, or be creative with storytelling time.
Buy it: Woodland Animals Wall Decals at Amazon; Forest Plush Bear at Target; “Woodland Friends” Welcome Bulletin Board Set at Amazon; S’mores & Campfire Playset at Target; Canvas Teepee Play Tent from Amazon; Tree Floor Cushions at Amazon
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5. Super Learners Unit
Most superheroes get their superpowers by accident, but learning in this amazingly super environment is no accident. Creating this superhero preschool classroom not only builds students’ imaginations, it allows students the opportunity to express it. Early childhood is all about growing into a child’s identity. What better way than to have super-powered friends guide the way?
Buy it: Superheroes 4-Inch Letters Pack at Michaels; Superhero Classroom Set at Michaels; Message Bubble Poster Stickers at Dollar Tree; Superhero Bulletin Board Trim at Amazon; Superhero-Themed Hallpass at Etsy; Superhero Plastic Streamer at Oriental Trading
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6. Come Inside, It’s Fun Inside
Most young children have been watching the Great Mouseketeer for as long as they can remember. This Mickey Mouse preschool-themed classroom gives a sense of safety and familiarity to the youngest students as they start school for the first time. Have Mickey and the gang on hand to help make the learning process hot-diggity-dog awesome!
Buy it: Red Kids Wobble Stools at Walmart; Black/Red Vinyl Wall Stickers at Amazon; Mickey Mouse Wall Decals at Etsy; Mickey Mouse Beanbag Chair at Walmart; Mickey Mouse Curtains at Amazon; Mickey Mouse Garland at Target
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7. Preschool From the Wild, Wild West
There’s a new sheriff in town this fall—you! Take the cowgirls and cowboys out to the prairie with this rootinest, tootinest Wild West preschool-themed classroom. Load up your chuck wagons and head west in search of new areas of discovery waiting to be settled. Although robots and other technology seem to be all the rage these days, it might be good to slow down and take the littles back to a simpler time.
Buy it: Western Double-Sided Bulletin Board Borders at Oriental Trading; 2-Piece Paper Cactus at Amazon; Bandana Pennant Banner at Amazon; Western Cowboys Curtains at Walmart; Covered Wagon Tabletop Kit at Oriental Trading; Inflatable Campfire at Oriental Trading
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8. Learning Under the Sea
Sebastian tried to tell us that “where it is wetter, and where it is better” is down under the sea. Take your oceanic explorers on a wild adventure into the great unknown of sea discovery. This underwater theme can be used with creatures, submarines, or the awesome Bubble Guppies young students adore. This can be paired with the calm, soothing sounds and visuals of rain or trickling water.
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9. Caution: Learning Zone
**WARNING, NOW ENTERING A FUN LEARNING ZONE** Help harness that preschooler energy for good in this construction zone preschool theme. Most scholars look at a construction zone as a place for demolition, when in reality it is a place to remodel, rebuild, or develop something new and amazing. To best service the needs of your pre-kindergarten students, have your classroom set up to help encourage knowledge while having a little fun at the same time.
Buy it: Construction Barricade Cardboard Stand-Ups at Oriental Trading; Construction Zone Alphabet at Etsy; 3D Cinder Block Cardboard Stand-Ups at Oriental Trading; Construction Zone Sign Cutouts at Amazon; Orange Playground Cones at Dollar Tree; “Under Construction: Learning Zone” Bulletin Board Set at Michaels
10. Polar Preschool
I said BRRRRRR it’s cold in here and there must be some awesome learners in the atmosphere! Though not as popular as Elsa’s “Let It Go,” it’s still easy to help our students find a cool way to grow their knowledge with this low-temp classroom theme. Help young preschoolers get excited to learn in a very chill environment.
Buy it: Small White Furry Beanbag Chair at Amazon; Snowflakes Banner at Amazon; Glittery Bulletin Border Trim at Michaels; Winter Critter Bulletin Board Set at Oriental Trading; Poly-fil Fluffy Snow at Walmart; Sensory-Friendly Tent Fort at Target
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11. The World of Preschool
Young children love Eric Carle books because of their vibrant colors, friendly characters, and adorable story plots. Bring the love of literacy into your preschool classroom with an Eric Carle theme that includes watercolor artwork, images from the stories, and bulletin board decor to match. It all comes together to provide a comforting classroom young students will love.
Buy it: “World of Eric Carle” Alphabet Bulletin Board Set at Michaels; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Area Rug at Amazon; Classroom Caterpillar Paper Lanterns Package at Amazon; The Very Hungry Caterpillar Valance at Etsy; “The World of Eric Carle” Early Learning Poster Set at Amazon; Very Hungry Caterpillar Pillow Buddy at Target
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12. Soak Up the Learning
Just because summer is over does not mean you have to stay away from the beach. Have a beach ball of a time without the gritty sand or shark-infested waters with this summer breeze classroom getaway. Rock out with shades, incorporate the tropical vibe, and normalize a laid-back learning environment that makes the learning fun. Surf’s up!
Buy it: Surfs Up Bulletin Board Set at Amazon; Beach Plastic Tablecloth Roll at Oriental Trading; Dark Blue Shag Area Rug at Walmart; Sand Patio Chair at Target; Fadeless “Under the Sea” Bulletin Board Paper at Amazon; Wave Ceiling Decorations at Oriental Trading
Image: Teaching and Learning in Mrs. Gentrys Class