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Desert Activities for Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of desert activities with text: Desert Discovery Activities for Preschoolers

This month, with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time), we're learning about the desert. The focus for week 2 was the Sahara Desert and week 3 meant learning all about the Mojave Desert.

preschooler's cardstock weaving paper craft

Today I wanted to share a few favorite activities from those two weeks. We've explored so many wonderful topics including Cactus, The Great Pyramid, Camel, and more.

preschooler using markers to color little letter book

While learning about camels, we did our Little Letter Book: W activity. By the end of the school year, the preschoolers will have made a "little letter book" for each letter of the alphabet.

preschooler putting together little letter book

Another great literacy activity this week was Sahara Letters. We covered loose letter parts with glue then sprinkled sand on them.

preschooler making sandy letter W paper craft

After our "sand letters" dried, the children took turns arranging them to create the letters Nn and Ww.

preschooler making playdough humps on cardstock camel shape

We also did a How Many Humps? math activity, which meant counting playdough humps on a cardstock camel shape.

preschooler sprinkling sand on paper pyramid template

Our lesson about The Great Pyramid from Experience Early Learning meant a fun Pyramid Stamping Make & Play activity. The children used templates, sand, and paint to make their own pyramids.

preschooler's pyramid stamping crafts drying near window

After that, we made Pyramid Designs with shape design mats and connecting cubes. This was a great activity for practicing shapes as well as logic and reasoning skills.

preschooler making pyramid patterns on design mat using connecting cubes

One of the preschoolers' favorite activities from our Mojave Desert topics was definitely the Cactus Sculpture Make & Play. We used cornstarch noodles and toothpicks to make three-dimensional cacti.

preschooler using green cornstarch noodles and toothpicks to make cactus sculpture

We've done so many amazing activities in the last few weeks and the children have definitely had a blast.

preschooler using real cactus as inspiration while making cactus sculpture craft

Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we wrap up our desert preschool theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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