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Picnic-Integrated Unit for Preschool by Mind Map: Picnic-Integrated Unit for Preschool
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Picnic-Integrated Unit for Preschool



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Social Studies

Use play money to pretend buying items for the picnic. The store is set up in Dramatic Play!

Vote between choice of song and fingerplay


Set up an ant farm.

Use magnifying glasses to observe the ants and tunnels they make.

Find a place outside where ants congregate. Place 3 different foods on the ground and mark that spot with chalk. An hour later, go outside and see if ants ate the food and if they moved it.

Use scale to weigh small, medium, and large watermelons. Predict the outcome of how much the watermelon will weigh.

Plant watermelon seeds.

Movement/Physical Education

Use clear packing tape to attach pictures of picnic items to balance beam and use at entry into classroom.

Create an obstacle course. Tape picture of picnic item to each section of the obstacle course. For example: Go under the table (watermelon), etc. Include over, around, through, up, etc.


Child places objects on the correct tray for sink and float-use picnic items such as grapes, corn on the cob, paper cup, plastic fork, napkin; make prediction before item is tried

Make a graph with 4 pictures of picnic food. Children place thier picture under the food they like best. Discuss the columns-which has "more" children, "less" children, or the "same."

Creative Arts

Decorate lunch sack for our classroom picnic


Assemble children. Use computer for writing details of the family picnic. Let children help.

Give each child a copy of the details of the picnic to glue to their family's invitation.

Dramatic Play

Set up a small store so that children can pretend to buy items for a picnic, role play the upcoming family picnic, role play classroom picnic, role play picnic with friends, etc. Include a variety of play foods or empty food boxes, shopping bags, play grocery carts, picnic basket, small blanket, prices on food, play money, cash register, pad with paper and pencil, phones, purses, coinpurses, wallets, and invitations so they can role play the family picnic.


Multiple Methods and Demonstrations of Learning

Home/School Connectedness

Send home a newsletter telling about activities at school and announce the family picnic.

Plan a family picnic. Use parent volunteers to help coordinate!