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Learning about what clothing to wear in different situations is an important topic for preschool children. To introduce these activities on summer clothes for preschool kids, bring some magazine pictures or photographs of people dressed in different kinds of clothing. Ask the children what the clothes the people are wearing can tell them - where they might be, what activities they are doing, what they weather is like, etc. Talk about what they can tell in each picture. Then read a book about dressing for different situations, like Hello Sun by Dayle Ann Dodds. After reading the book tell the children that you are going to be doing some activities dealing with the types of clothes people wear in summer.
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What Are you Wearing Today?
This is a great preschool clothes activity for a summer day.
Have the children draw a picture of themselves and all of the clothes they are wearing that day. Tell them to include anything they might have brought with them like a baseball cap, sunhat or sunglasses. When all of the children have finished their drawings, tell them to look at them and ask the class questions about what they are wearing.
On a large piece of chart paper, write or draw small pictures of the following clothing items: shorts, long pants, short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts, coats, boots, sandals, mittens, sun hats and sunglasses. Count how many children are wearing each item and record the numbers on the chart. (You could also make this a graph if you want.) The talk about the results. Why isn't anyone wearing mittens? Do more people have short or long sleeves on today and why? Discuss which items of clothing are worn mostly in summer and which are for winter. Can they think of any other clothes that people wear mostly in summer (swimming suits, sundresses, etc.)
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Summer Clothes Center Ideas
Here are few preschool summer clothes ideas for center time.
Dramatic Play Center
Bring in a variety of summer clothes for the children to dress. Some idea of summer clothes to provide are different types of sunglasses and summer hats, flip flops, sundresses and short sleeved shirts that they can wear over their clothes, and camp and vacation souvenir t-shirts. Provide a mirror so that they can see what they look like.
Children will also have fun playing this vacation clothing relay race.
Sorting activities are an addition to a math center. Children can sort pictures of people dressed for winter and summer or actual clothing items for winter and summer.
Bring in real flip flops or pictures of pairs of flip flops and let the children practice counting them by ones and twos.
Read books about summer clothes and getting dressed and add them to your book center for the children to look at.
Ready for Summer by Marthe Jocelyn
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing
D.W. All Wet by Marc Brown
You can also make an easy class book with the prompt "I like to wear my _________________ in summer." Help the children write their favorite item of summer clothing and have them draw a picture of it. Then bind then pages into a book and put it in the book center for a book the children will want to read again and again.
Preschool Summer Clothes Activities
Find crafts, activities, books and more for a preschool unit about summer.