July is the perfect month to include a Peter Rabbit theme in your preschool lesson plans. July 29 is the birthday of Peter Rabbit’s creator, Beatrix Potter. Also, the summer season is appropriate to the additional themes of gardening and outdoor activity that are found within the Peter Rabbit stories.
Book for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Reading Center for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Fill your preschool reading center not only with books about rabbits, but also with books about gardens and families. Be sure to include other Beatrix Potter books, as well.
Snack for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Healthy snacks appropriate for the Peter Rabbit theme are fresh vegetables such as carrots and broccoli, just like Peter Rabbit ate from Mr. McGregor’s garden!
Concepts for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Fine Motor Activities for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Have your preschool students cut out triangles of different sizes from orange construction paper. For younger students, you will need to provide them with paper that has the shapes printed on it so that they can cut along the lines. Older children can cut out triangles free hand. Have them add these to your classroom bulletin board, topping the triangle carrots off with green crayon leaves.
Gross Motor Activity for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Do the bunny hop! Turn it into an obstacle course, if you like, with a carrot for the prize at the end.
Art Center Activity for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Let your students paint terra cotta pots, like the ones Peter Rabbit might have hid under in Mr. McGregor’s garden shed.
Songs/Fingerplays for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Bunny rhymes and fingerplays can be found here and here.
Pre-math Center Activities for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
Teach your preschool students simple addition and subtraction using carrots cut from orange construction paper.
Pre-writing Center Activities for Preschool Lesson Plan: Peter Rabbit
For younger students, provide sheets of paper with the letters R and r lightly printed on them. Have the children trace the letters. do the same with the number 3.
For older students, provide an example of the letters R and r and the number 3. Have the students practice writing the letters and number freehand.
Enjoy the theme of Peter Rabbit with your preschool students. It is a story that they will surely treasure throughout their lifetimes.