If you are looking for themes that are new, how about reading books on Stripes or Spots? Both themes can relate to learning the concept of shapes, an important Kindergarten Readiness skill. For a Stripes craft, you can make paperbag puppets of striped animals, such as skunks, zebras or tigers.
Baker, Keith. WHO IS THE BEAST? Tiger shows the other animals what they all have in common.
Bruchac, David. HOW CHIPMUNK GOT HIS STRIPES. Bear and Squirrel argue over who can stop the sunrise, Bear claws Squirrel and he becomes a Chipmunk with stripes on his back.
Henkes, Kevin. SHEILA RAE’S PEPPERMINT STICK. Sheila Rae doesn’t want to share her candy.
Kasza, Keiko. THE RAT AND THE TIGER. Tiger is not very good at sharing until Rat shows him how.
Shannon, David. A BAD CASE OF STRIPES. One day, Camilla wakes up with colored stripes all over!