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Learning About the Sahara Desert with 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.

desert activity images with text: Sahara Desert Activities for Preschoolers

We are starting a unit about deserts with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and it looks to be a lot of fun!

desert animal and cactus toys in sand sensory bin

Last week with Experience Preschool we spoke about our country and what the “wild west” was and long before cars and trains (they didn’t believe there was such a time), that people walked and used covered wagons to expand west.

preschoolers sitting at table playing "Race to the Oasis" game

I reminded them of this and showed them that along with mountains, there are deserts. We looked at pictures of deserts and saw cacti.

children sitting at table playing "Race to the Oasis" game

I brought in a small cactus and they were thrilled to see it-no-they didn’t touch it.

preschooler using marker to draw silly desert animals

I introduced the Sahara desert in Africa and we had a wonderful conversation about the differences and similarities.

preschooler sitting at table drawing silly desert animals using marker

Our discussion question for the day was, "What do you notice about deserts?"

child sitting at table drawing silly desert animals with markers

We talked about the climate and the kinds of clothes people wear and how scarce water is. We learned about what an Oasis is then played a number game with an oasis. We sure had fun!

preschooler coloring silly desert animals using marker

Another topic from this week was small desert animals and the children made their own silly desert animal puppets to go along with this lesson.

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

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