May 18, 2014

Reptile Preschool Theme

A preschool lesson plan on reptiles is a fun theme that has lots of choices for program planning. It can be incorporated into a pet theme, or be extended with a dinosaur theme.

Fun Facts about Reptiles

Introduce the reptile theme at circle time. Collect some pictures of reptiles to show the children as well as providing these facts:

  • reptiles are cold blooded
  • they have scales
  • they are among the longest living species on this planet
  • they lay eggs
  • reptiles come in all sizes and are found around the world
  • types of reptiles are: alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, turtles

Crafts for a Reptile Preschool Lesson Plan

A snake craft: this craft has two steps if paint is being used. The following material is required:

  • paper plate
  • brown paint, or brown felts
  • scissors
  • hole puncher
  • string
  • googly eyes
  • black felt pen

Each child will paint or color his paper plate brown. If the paint is being used, then the plate has to dry before the next steps occur. If needed, the teacher can draw a spiral figure onto the plate for a visual cue. The plate will be cut in a spiral figure from outer to the middle, leaving a space for the head. The children can finish off their snake mobile with eyes and a smile and then string will be attached to the top.

Lizard Craft: Cut out a lizard shape from thick white or light brown paper, and provide children with brown and green tissue squares to clue onto the lizard to create the scales. This craft can also occur with the children tearing brown and green construction paper which is good for fine motor skill development.



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Preschool Reptile Song

The following song can be sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Reptiles they have many scales
Some reptiles have long long tails.
They lay eggs and like the sun.
Some have legs, and some have none.
Reptiles they have many scales
Some reptiles have long, long tails.

Another well known song that could be included into a reptile preschool lesson plan is
 "Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree" 

Preschool Activities for a Reptile Theme

The following list suggests that other activities that can be included into a reptile preschool lesson plan:

Try playing the game, Duck, Duck, Goose but change the words to Snake, Snake, Lizard.

Fill the sensory table with sand, wood and plastic snakes, lizards and turtles.

Visit a pet store or invite any families that have reptiles as pets into the classroom for a visit.

Go for a Reptile Hunt...hide plastic lizards and snakes in the outdoor playground.

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