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Lion 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 preschool lion activities with text: Lion Activities Safari Animals for Preschoolers

Week two of our safari preschool theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) was all about Wild Safari Animals.


Last week, we shared lots of elephant activities and today I wanted to share our lion-themed favorites.

parachute on rug in circle time area

Each day starts with Circle Time and a Community Challenge. Today we answered the question, "What sound do lions make?"


We made soft roaring sounds as well as loud roars and discussed what we know about lions. Our Community Challenge for the day was all about using our sense of smell.

preschooler's lion mask made from paper plate with hold cut from center

Today's Creative Art activity was making a Lion Mask and the children loved it! Make & Play activities are so much fun because not only do the children get to create, but then they get to play.


Every month, we get a new picture book from Experience Early Learning that coordinates perfectly with our theme. This month's "Sockfari" was no exception. It was such an adorable story!

picture book held open to the page being read during circle time

For math and literacy, we played a few different games while learning about number sense and being patient as well as communication and social relationships.


The Be Patient activity was great for gross motor. The preschoolers each chose a lion number card and practiced waiting patiently until the zebra card with the matching number was shown and then running across the room and back to their spot.

game cards scattered on floor in circle time area

What's Hiding? was another fun game that gave the children an opportunity to practice taking turns asking questions and guessing which animal is hiding.


To wrap up the day, we discussed whether or not we'd want to be lions and why as well as dancing to "Lion Roar" on our Dancing on Safari CD.


Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we continue Going on Safari with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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