Preschool Programming Ideas for Early Childhood Development:

Preschool program ideas and preschool curriculum areas of teaching for preschoolers and toddlers.In order to find appropriate daily preschool program ideas for effective early childhood development for the pre k children in your classroom, you should OBSERVE the children while they are playing and OBSERVE and listen to what they are saying.

Doing this will give you, as an early childhood educator and preschool teacher, many different teaching & preschool program ideas for early childhood development according to what the preschoolers and toddlers are interested in.

Take a look at the various areas of early childhood programming that we have listed below and incorporate them through out your daily schedule.

Preschool Program Ideas for Early Preschool Development:

Sensory Ideas:

Sand, water, objects to explore, goop, flubber, pot pouri, feely boards etc.

Art Ideas:

Free flow, blank paper, according to topic

Science Ideas:

Tools to explore with, circle experiment.

Math Ideas:

Number puzzles, books, poster, circle activities, math songs, flash cards.

Dramatic Play:

Real life objects, dress up, home setting, real life settings for pretending.


Shelf, Lego, log house toys, wooden blocks, trucks, (paper, pencils, tape, scissors – OPTIONAL)

Music Activities:

On shelf/table, bells, tambourine, drum, triangle, music through out the day-CD’s, circle activities using songs.

Free Flow Toys:

Change variety and types of toys weekly (no later than bi-weekly based on interest levels or behaviors)

Quiet Area:

Picture book of preschool class, age appropriate books, one word books, pic books, soft pillows, blankets, cuddle toys, felt stories etc.


Simple puzzles ranging to more advanced based on different levels of learning, numbers, letters, familiar objects. Have a table available with lots of room.


Educational games, learning to use the ‘mouse’, time limit games/timer games, 1-2 children at a time.

Toddler Programming Ideas & Activities:

For toddler programming ideas, you should use ONLY a couple of the above preschooler programming ideas each day.

*Otherwise it becomes too overwhelming for the toddlers. We need to keep things simple and progressive when using toddler programming ideas in the classroom or at home.