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November Preschool Themes, Activities, and Ideas

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There are all kinds of November preschool themes you can use with young children this fall! Learning with theme ideas and lesson plans is a great way to increase retention in your preschool classroom. Plus, these fun activities and ideas for the month of November will be so much fun for everyone this fall!

I’m excited to share some of my favorite fall lesson plans and thematic units with you. I’ve got activities for Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and more! November is the perfect time to embrace fun preschool themes!

Keep reading to discover some of my favorite monthly themes for November, hands-on activities, and no-prep printables for every busy preschool teacher.

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Why I Love Monthly Preschool Themes

Do you use thematic units in your preschool classroom or homeschool lessons? I love using fun and engaging themes to help my preschoolers grasp important concepts and build early learning skills in exciting new ways.

November preschool themes allow me to take advantage of the season, upcoming holidays, and natural events my kids are curious about in the classroom. 

Want to learn more about how you can use thematic units to take your fall lesson plans to the next level?

Read my article about thematic units for preschool to get more tips and helpful information. Then, discover my favorite fall preschool themes below.

Fall Themes for Little Learners

If you’re looking for a great theme to add to your preschool curriculum this November, you’re in the right place!

I’ve got a list of fun new ideas that are perfect for your fall lesson plans. There are all sorts of activities from hands-on sensory bins to fine motor skills worksheets!

Here are a few of my favorite fun November preschool theme ideas:

Fall Leaves

If you’re looking for classic November themes to use in your preschool classroom, try a fall leaves themed unit all about the changes that happen during the fall season. It’s a fun way to introduce your preschoolers to the changing seasons and help them learn about the beauty of change with a little help from Mother Nature.

Here are some of my favorite fall leaves activities and printables:

My Favorite Fall Activities for Kids

Thankful Leaves Activity

Fall Leaves Name Craft

Fall themes

Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes

This fun theme idea is perfect for November because many cities and towns host Renaissance festivals and fairs during this time of year. Why not prepare for a great time at the Renaissance Festival by learning about fairy tales? 

Incorporating dramatic play into your preschool lesson plans is tons of fun and perfect for getting reluctant learners engaged in the lesson. Memorize nursery rhymes and popular fairy tales with students in this preschool unit.

Here are some of my favorite printables and activities for a fairy tale thematic unit:

Dramatic Play Ideas for Preschoolers

Nursery Rhyme Activities for Preschoolers

21 Nursery Rhyme Crafts for Kids

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Farm Theme

All over the United States, farms are preparing for harvest festival celebrations! November preschool themes that help children learn about farm animals are the perfect opportunity to make core subjects like math and grammar way more fun.

Plus, who wouldn’t love a preschool field trip to the local farm? Here are some of my favorite fun printables and great activity ideas all about the farm:

Farm Animal Crafts for Kids

Preschool Farm Theme

Farm Themed Lessons for Preschoolers

Native Americans

There are plenty of great ideas for celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in your classroom this November. This year, think about teaching your preschoolers historical facts about the very first Thanksgiving, including lessons about Native American culture and heritage with my adorable Thanksgiving craftivities for kids.

Discover my First Thanksgiving Writing Activity for a fun craft and writing prompt you can use in your fall lesson plans this year.

thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers


Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice, and everything nice this November! A pumpkin theme is a fun way to explore lessons about fruits and vegetables, colors and shapes, and life cycles with your preschool kids. Get ready to add all things pumpkin to your classroom with this November preschool theme!

Fun and Easy Pumpkin Activities

Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play

Pumpkin Themed Lesson Plan

november preschool themes

Thanksgiving Theme

Why not celebrate in the classroom with a Thanksgiving theme meal this year? I love the idea of having students contribute dishes from their own Thanksgiving table at home. It’s a fun way to learn about everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving food and explore a variety of cultures and traditions at the same time!

Discover my favorite printable November preschool theme Thanksgiving activities and worksheets to help you get started below.

55 Preschool Thanksgiving Activities

Pete the Cat Thanksgiving Craft

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15 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers

Fun Thanksgiving Writing Activities

Thanksgiving Hat Craft

preschool hats for thanksgiving

25 Cute Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Math Activities

15 Thanksgiving Themed Lessons


Let’s talk turkey! One of my favorite November preschool themes to adopt is a turkey theme. With a turkey theme, get ready for a fun month filled with learning, curiosity, and a variety of activities!

Check out some of my favorite November preschool activities all about turkeys below.

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Easy Printable Shape Turkey Craft

Animal Report All About Turkeys

Best Disguise the Turkey Project Ideas

Turkey in Disguise Project

fall themes for kids

Preschool How to Cook a Turkey Writing Template

Turkey Themed Lessons & Activities

Turkey Hat Craft

november preschool themes

Veteran’s Day

On November 11, we honor men and women who have fought for our country. This Veteran’s Day, teach your preschool students the importance of honoring our veterans with this November preschool theme. Here are a few printable activities and fall lesson plans to help you get started:

FREE Veteran’s Day Ideas and Activities for Preschoolers

Veteran’s Day Cut and Paste Crafts for Preschool

Patriotic Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

november themes for preschool

These November preschool themes are really easy to adapt for kids of all ages. You can print and use these great preschool theme activities in the classroom and at home to add fun projects to special days for your little learners. Most of these activities require only simple materials and printable pages to explore a variety of literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts with preschoolers. 

What’s your favorite fall preschool theme to explore during the month of November? Share your favorite fall lesson plans and activities in the comments. I can’t wait to read them and try a few of your favorite activities with my students too!

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