4 Discover the Desert Preschool Monthly Theme Crafts & Activities for Little Kids

Every once in a while, you find a true winner when it comes to preschool monthly themes and Discover the Desert is definitely on that list. We learned about the rodeo, both the Sahara and the Mojave Deserts, and spent some time talking about desert nights. If you’re looking for desert preschool monthly theme crafts & activities, then this is the post for you. 

Not too long ago, the little guy and I had lots of fun learning about the desert and today I thought I’d share all of our awesome Discover the Desert preschool monthly theme crafts & activities for little kids. 

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my 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 mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

During the first week, we learned about the rodeo, which was really cool because it’s all things cowboys all the time around here. 

And when we wrapped up with that, we moved on to the Sahara Desert. 

wooden cubes stacked in sand tray
Learning about the Sahara Desert was really interesting because we talked about The Great Pyramids again. We also explored engineering with this Preschool Desert Theme Cubed Pyramid STEAM Station. It’s always intriguing to watch little kids build their take on pyramids just like the ones in Egypt. 

desert sensory tray on cookie sheet with sand and desert figurines
And let’s not forget about earth science and drama. We put together a fun Preschool Desert Activity with Big Question to Get Your Little Kids Thinking. Totally worth it, of course! Did you know that the Sahara Desert is the hottest desert in the world?

As a homeschool mama, I’m willing to bet that sometimes you’d rather take a pass on the messy stuff, but I promise you that those sensory experiences are so important for your little kids’ development. 


preschooler making desert resist artAnother favorite this month was the Desert Night Cactus Preschool Resist Painting. And it was obviously a messy one too, but oh my goodness did he enjoy it! 

While we worked through this week, we spent quite a bit of time talking about nocturnal animals. Ironically, this is one of the topics that the little guy has been incredibly curious about and it’s wonderful that we’re able to follow his interests. 

preschooler's cactus craft using cornstarch noodles and toothpicks
We had tons of fun exploring 3 Quick & Easy Cactus Crafts & Activities for Preschoolers. We used cardstock, cornstarch noodles, and of course Play-Doh and toothpicks to make cacti.  

I was truly surprised by how many creative ways we came up with to make a cactus. Gone are the days of just coloring, right? Our three-dimensional art was kind of sharp. Pun intended. Lol… 

There is no shortage of great ideas for crafts & activities to add to your preschool monthly themes. After all, as much as we love what we’re doing, we still make it work for us. 

Sometimes that means adding and other times it means taking away, but the bottom line is that play-based learning is the standard for early childhood education and I wouldn’t change that for anything.

It was for sure a fun month of Discover the Desert crafts & Activities, don’t you think? 

Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Bubbles, Boats & Floats theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my 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 mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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