Professional Development Resources
Theme Based Crafts, Songs & Fingerplays
- Activity Idea Page – Theme based lesson plans.
- A to Z Teacher Stuff – Created by teachers for easy access to thematic units, lesson plans, printable worksheets and much more.
- Art Activities – Bright Ring Publishing brings you free art activities from author MaryAnn Kohl.
- Best Kids Books Site – Combines craft ideas, books, fingerplays and storytime theme ideas.
- Crayola Ideas – Search ideas by grade, subject, theme, and/or Crayola product.
- DLTK Printable Crafts – Printable crafts and coloring pages, listed by theme.
- Everything Preschool – Over 30,000 educational activities for preschoolers.
- First School Ideas – Preschool themes and lesson plans. Several in Spanish
- Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow Activity Central – Theme based program ideas for preschool programs.
- Hennepin County Library – Birth to 6: Book Lists, Early Literacy, Spanish, Storytimes
- Hummingbird Site – Free downloads and lesson plan ideas from Hummingbird Educational Resources.
- The Idea Box – Activities, crafts, recipes for crafts and for kids, games and songs
- Kididdles – Listen to the melody of your favorite kids or print lyrics and sheet music.
- Kizlcub – You can print everything on this site (PDF) and be ready to go. The Flashcard section even includes an MP3 file for letters and words.
- Mother Goose Page (Nursery Rhymes) – Many nursery rhymes with index.
- Northern California Librarians Ideas – Suggested Books (most are annotated), activities and crafts compiled by Penny Peck.
- Perpetual Preschool – Ideas for programs based on holidays, seasons, toddler themes.
- Preschool Express – An extensive site developed by author Jean Warren. Geared toward Toddlers and Preschoolers.
- Spoonful – Includes a craft finder, recipes and online games.
- Step by Step Storyhours – Programs by theme containing booklists, fingerplays, songs and crafts.