It’s already August! This month’s free printable Ways to Play Every Day Activity Calendar for preschoolers has all the activities you need as summer winds down and the school year kicks off. The first two weeks reinforce letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. The last two weeks focus on practicing self-care skills and prepping for returning to school.

Free printable August Activity Calendar for Preschoolers

ALL NEW! Ways to Play Every Day: August Activity Calendar for Preschoolers

The Ways to Play Every Day August Activity Calendar for preschoolers offers prompts for daily learning, creativity, and exploration. This free activity printable can be used by preschool teachers for their classrooms, childcare center staff, childcare providers, or by parents in the home. Follow the calendar each day for activities that correspond with the book list or choose activities at random to inspire play. Below you’ll find each daily activity from the calendar, as well as links to printables, activity instructions, and book lists that you can use to supplement each one.

Week One – Playing with the Alphabet and Numbers in Preschool

  • Practice counting 1-20 with plastic play food.
  • Review the alphabet with magnetic letters on this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom play mat.
  • Go on a number hunt in a Chicka Chicka 123 sensory bin.
  • Count out buttons  for each number 1-10 to practice one-to-one correspondence.
  • Outline the shape of letters using peas.
  • Count to ten on dinosaur spikes using clothespins.
  • Go on a letter hunt to find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
Books about Numbers and Letters for Preschoolers

Books for Preschoolers about the Alphabet and Numbers:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka 123

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons


How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?

The Sleepy Little Alphabet

Week Two – Explore Shapes and Colors in Preschool

  • Create patterns with craft poms.
  • Build with different shaped blocks.
  • Make a picture using paper shapes.
  • Hide and search for colored paper cat paws.
  • Create an original work of art using paints.
  • Dance to music with colored scarves.
Books about Colors and Shapes for Preschoolers to use with the Ways to Play Every Day in August Activity Calendar

Books for Preschoolers about Shapes and Colors:

Press Here

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes

Shapes That Roll

Perfect Square

Cat’s Colors

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color

Color Dance

Week Three: Encourage Daily Self-Care in Preschool

  • Review proper handwashing.
  • Practice fastening buttons on a large shirt.
  • Time how quick you can put on (and tie/fasten) your shoes.
  • Set up a toothbrushing station for before school. Be sure to print the FREE daily tooth brushing checklist HERE.
  • Put on a jacket/coat with minimal help.
  • Make a name sensory bag and practice spelling your name.
  • Brush your hair and create a silly hairstyle.
Books about Self-Care for Preschoolers to use with the FREE Ways to Play Every Day August Printable Activity Calendar

Books for Preschoolers about Self-Care:

Germs Are Not for Sharing

Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes

Lucas and His Long Loopy Laces

The Tooth Book

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

The Change Your Name Store

The Hair Book

Week Four – Back-to-School with Preschoolers

  • Read books about going to school or select activities from The Gingerbread Man Loose at School for FUN reading, learning, and play.
  • Draw a picture of yourself at school.
  • Measure how tall you are.
  • Spell and write your name with this free monster printable.
  • Create a special going to school routine for you and a loved one.
  • Talk about what makes a good friend.
  • Make a list of 3 things about school to look forward to.

Books for Preschoolers about School for Preschoolers:

First Day Jitters

Llama Llama Misses Mama

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Monsters Love School

The Kissing Hand

Do Unto Otters

Lola goes to school

Print the FREE Ways to Play August Activity Calendar for Preschoolers! Just click the download link to print and play below.


We hope the August calendar inspires you and your own kids to play every day with fun, simple set-up, and engaging activities.

Preschool Themes for Learning through Play

Your kids will also love playing and learning with entire themes this school year. Check out the many digital units ready to print and play right here on the blog.

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