Back to School Activities and Books for Little Learners

Back-to-school time is one of my FAVORITES! All of the themed activities we use are “school supply” themed, so they’re perfect for you to pull out all year long. This makes them all so versatile, which is exactly what you need when you work with little ones! Are y’all ready to see what we’ll be up to in August?? Stay tuned for TONS of Back-to-School activities for little learners!

Back-to-School Preschool Centers

We are loving our new Back-to-School unit for toddlers and preschoolers! These units include 10+ hands-on, printable activities in color and black/white. Your little ones will love practicing common Preschool skills like counting, colors, shapes, and more! Each center in the unit can be adapted for little ones ages 2-4 and include tons of fine motor skills practice!

CLICK HERE to grab this school themed unit!

Back-to-School PreK & Kindergarten Centers

If your little ones are ready to move on from toddler aged activities and more into older Preschooler/early Kindergarten skills, this set is for you! It is PACKED full of 30+ hands-on activities to help your older Preschooler or Kindergarten student practice common Math and Literacy skills! It includes basics AND moves on to skills like addition, subtraction, blending sounds, beginning sounds, rhyming, Sight Words, and so much more!

CLICK HERE to grab this school themed unit!

Back-to-School Book Recommendations

Before your order or purchase any new books for this unit, take a quick look through the books you already own and I bet you’ll find lots of good ones! I pulled anything that included the topic of school, class rules, friends, etc.! But if you’re looking for some new ones, you can find some of our favorites below! *These links are Amazon affiliate resources. I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you choose to purchase using my links!*

Morris Goes to School – B. Wiseman

Tony Baloney School Rules – Pam Muniz Ryan

Fox at School – Edward Marshal

Mittens at School – Lola M. Schaefer

Biscuit Goes to School – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Time for School, Mouse! – Laura Numeroff

Franklin Goes to School – Paulette Bourgeois

Tucker’s Four-Carrot School Day – Susan Winget

No, David! – David Shannon

First Grade, Here I Come! – Nancy Carlson

The Night Before Kindergarten – Natasha Wing

The Night Before First Grade – Natasha Wing

The Night Before Second Grade – Natasha Wing

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Apple Life Cycle Study

The apple life cycle is a great Science addition to your Back-to-School theme! It’s also a great way to modify the Back-to-School plans for your older kiddos. LG loves learning about different life cycles with these studies!

The apple life cycle includes tons of hands-on activities like sensory bins, STEM activities, sequencing cards and more! It also includes book recommendations, videos, real-life photos and practice pages!

CLICK HERE to grab your apple life cycle study!

Back-to-School Puzzles

If you want to introduce sensory activities to your little bitties, this set is perfect! This school themed set includes 3 matching mats and 3 puzzles, making it a simple introduction to academic sensory bins. Your littles will love practicing their fine motor skills, problem solving, and visual discrimination using this set!

CLICK HERE to grab your Back-to-School sensory bin puzzles!

Back-to-School Matching Mats

We love sensory bins around here! I just can’t ever pass up a great opportunity to put together some fun sensory bin activities to match our different themes! And as LG gets older, our collection of academic sensory bins grows!

These sensory bin matching mats are a fun addition to your Back-to-School theme whether you choose to use a sensory bin or NOT. Simply provide your kiddos with the cut out pieces and help them make their matches on the matching mats! This beach themed set practices shapes, colors, counting, beginning sounds, and letter identification!

CLICK HERE to grab your Back-to-School matching mats!

Back-to-School Handwriting Cards

If you’re practicing handwriting with your kiddos, don’t forget to grab these school themed tracing cards! These give us another chance to discuss seasonal vocabulary, and LG loves the colorful pictures!

CLICK HERE to grab your school themed tracing cards!

Back-to-School Clip Cards

Practicing fine motor skills with our little learners is SO important, and clip cards are a great way to do that! LG loves using her PreK clip cards and often flies through them as a fun independent activity! These cards include counting, colors, shapes, numbers, letters, beginning sounds, and upper/lowercase!

CLICK HERE to grab your school themed clip cards!

Back-to-School Worksheets

One of our favorite activities each month are our themed worksheets. Using worksheets with preschoolers may sound a little odd, but LG LOVES these practice pages! All of the pages include coloring, cutting, gluing, tracing, and more! That way your kiddos are combining fine motor skills practice with academic skills! With 40+ practice pages, this NO PREP set is a lifesaver!

CLICK HERE to grab these school-themed worksheets!

FREE All About Me Activity

Who doesn’t love a good FREEBIE?! This resource was originally designed as a Back-to-School craft for the classroom. However, it makes an adorable keepsake if you’re a homeschooler! We’ll have LG make this same activity every school year so we can watch her favorites and interests grow with her!

CLICK HERE to grab your free craft!

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FREE Back-to-School Preschool Plans

Are you ready to get busy with these Back-to-School activities? Don’t forget to grab your FREE Back-to-School themed plans! These plans include Sensory, Math, Literacy, and Fine Motor activities for 9 days. You can spread them out across a whole month with your littles OR use them like we are for 2 Monday-Friday weeks!

CLICK HERE to grab your free Back-to-School plans!


Would you like to have a FULL YEAR of basics covered for your Homeschool Preschool plans? Be sure to grab our Preschool Math & Literacy MEGA BUNDLE and save over $50! This bundle covers TONS of common Preschool skills and can follow your little ones from ages 2yo-5yo and beyond!

CLICK HERE to check out our Preschool MEGA BUNDLE!

I hope you guys have lots of fun with these Back-to-School themed activities!

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