Preschool Activity Guide: Days of the Week
Working with small kids is absolutely fun, so most prep-school teachers love their profession. You get to spend time with kids, play with them, and have lots of fun – however, the tough part is when you have to teach them some concepts. While pre-schoolers are fast learners and pick on things very quickly, their attention span is very short, and it is very challenging to get everyone’s attention to one thing at one time.
And this is why preschool teachers struggle a lot when it comes to introducing and explaining new concepts to them. And one such concept that teachers find very difficult to explain to young kids is “days of the week.” Even though many people, especially parents, think it is very simple and kids should be able to learn it in days – they don’t realize that kids get bored easily and don’t pick on concepts that they don’t find fun.
Therefore, we have decided to help you make your lessons more fun and easy to learn for your students. And our trick here is incorporating creativity and more art in your teaching lessons to make them fun and appealing to children. Hence, we have brought you a few ideas to use art to teach days of the week. Here are 3 days of art projects that you can use in your lessons to teach your preschoolers.
Days of the Week Art Projects
1. Days of the Week Caterpillar Activity
This is the most commonly used technique by preschool teachers and parents to teach small kids the names and order of the days of the week. It is very simple to make this; all you need is:
- Green card sheet
- Some Colorful markers
- Glue or Tape
Using these materials, you can simply make a caterpillar for the 7 of the week. Follow these steps to do the project:
- Take a green color card sheet and cut out 8 circles from it.
- You will use one of the circles to make the face of the caterpillar; hence, take colorful markers and draw the caterpillar’s eyes and mouth on the circle. You can also add stripes as the antennas of the caterpillar.
- On the other 7 circles, write the names of the days of the week – one on each circle.
Now you can do two things; one is to paste all 8 circles together in the order of the days of the week. Or you can use it as a display in your classroom. This will help children learn the names and the order of the days. Or you can also do a small activity with the children where you can ask all children to arrange the names of the days themselves in the correct order. Here each kid can make their caterpillar, and you can check if they know the correct order.
2. Days of the Week Roulette
This is another cool activity that you can hold with preschoolers to teach them the names of the days of the week. The one thing children struggle with most when it comes to the days of the week is the order of the days. This roulette can help you fix that. Here is what you’ll need for this:
- 2 card sheets
- Colorful markets
- Thumb pin
- Colors and paints (optional)
- Playdough (optional)
Using these materials, you can teach children the days of the month in order by asking them to show what “Today,” what day was “Yesterday” is, and what day will it be “Tomorrow.” Here is what you have to do to make this day-of-the-week art project:
- Take a card sheet, draw a medium-sized circle, and cut it. Now divide that circle into 7 equal portions (draw lines from the center of the circle to the circumference)
- Now write the names of the days on each of these portions of the circle in order. You can now color this color to dedicate different colors to each day of the week, use a sharpie to trace the outline and the name and decorate this circle.
- Take another card sheet and draw a circle slightly bigger than the circle you made previously. Cut this circle and place it behind the previous circle.
- When you place the two circles on top of each other, you can see the edge of the second circle from behind the previous circle. Mark this space – it should be big enough for you to write on.
- Now make three portions on one edge of the bigger circle and write “Yesterday,” “Today,” and “Tomorrow” on each portion that you made. You can color and decorate this circle as well.
- Now, you have to place the small circle on top of the big circle and secure the two using a thumb pin. Make sure to see if the circle is rotating with the card sheet. As a safety measure, if you are not placing the roulette on a soft board, take a small chunk of playdough and place it on the other end of the thumb pin – and your roulette is complete!
Now that the roulette is complete, you have to ask the children to match the days with the description, which will help them learn the order of the days of the week. Since the roulette rotates, you can change it every day to teach children – for example, if today was money, yesterday was Sunday, and tomorrow will be Tuesday.
3. A Days of the Week Chart
This is the simplest project, but it helps children learn the names of the week. For the days of the week art project, all you need is:
- A few card sheets
- Pencil and scale
- Paint and color
Using these materials, you only have to design a chart sheet that will display the names of the days of the week, which children can learn every day. What you have to do here is:
- Take a big card sheet and put a heading on top saying “names of the days of the week”
- Under the heading, make 7 small boxes. Each box must be of the same size and equidistant from the other. This is important because such irregularities can distract children; they learn better when they are uniform.
- Now take a different colored card sheet and cut out 7 rectangles of the same size that you drew on the bigger card sheet. Picking a different color for each rectangle will make your art project better, but you can also pick the same colors.
- Now write the names of the days of the week on each small rectangle using a Sharpie.
- After this, cut small pieces of double-sided tape and put them at the back of each rectangle – and your days of the week chart is complete.
- You can now use this chart to teach children the order of the days of the week. You can hold a fun activity in your class where you can call kids to place the rectangles with the names of the days in the boxes on the chart – they can do it by using double-sided tape.
Have Fun and Learn Days of the Week Art Projects
Children always learn better when they’re having fun, so here are a few ideas to make lessons less boring and more fun for pre-schoolers. We hope these were helpful tips for you, do replicate these ideas in your class, and let us know if your students had fun learning!