Circle Time is a wonderful opportunity for cooperative learning, developing self-regulation skills, and sharpening attention spans.
This collection of circle time songs, rhymes and fingerplays, calendar ideas, alphabet and counting activities, and movement-based lessons is sure to create plenty of enjoyable learning opportunities for the entire class.
1. Dance Freeze
Dance freeze is a dynamic movement activity that challenges kids to freeze their dancing every time the circle time music stops. It's an excellent way to get kids active while building motor skills.
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2. Bug in a Rug Circle Time Game
3. Pass The Movement Circle Time Game
Pass the Movement is similar to Broken Telephone except instead of a verbal message, children have to pass the same set of movements to the next person in the circle.
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4. Shake The Sillies Out With a Song
Shake Your Sillies Out is a popular children's brain break song. Kids are sure to love wiggling around and will definitely be more settled for learning after this one.
5. Collaborative Art Project for Preschool
6. Get Moving with Alphabet Exercise Cards
7. Circle Time Story Props
This collection of circle time props is organized into themes for holidays and seasons and creates a wonderful opportunity to develop oral language skills.
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8. Circle Time Games With Bean Bags
Bean bag games are a fantastic hands-on addition to any sing-along. They will keep your entire class engaged and having a blast!
9. Circle Time Book Activity
10. Alphabet Letter Ball
This is a low prep, active game for building letter recognition skills. Students will love tossing the beach ball around the circle and calling out the letters they can find.
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11. Color in a Daily Weather Chart
12. Try a Circle Time Chant
Kids love rhyming chants and this counting one is a fun way to combine movement and counting skills.
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13. Alphabet Soup Game
Students go around the circle pulling out and identifying different letters in this educational twist on tasty alphabet soul.
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14. Play a Game of 'I Have/ Who Has'
15. Begin the Day with a Good Morning Song
This fun song is a great way for children to learn each other's names and can be combined with name cards to help them practice literacy skills.
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16. Homeschool Circle Calendar Board
This simple trifold board is great for home learning. It can be decorated with activities for letters, numbers, shapes, and colors of the week. Why not add cards to discuss the weather and the temperature for the day?
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17. Try Some Fun Fingerplays
Fingerplay refers to hand movements coordinated to a song, story, or rhyme. It's a fantastic way to boost oral language skills, imagination, and social skills.
18. Brown Bear Circle Time Props
19. Sing Along With Counting Rhymes
These classic rhyming songs are a creative way to develop counting skills. The accompanying collection of character props is versatile enough to be used with flannel boards, magnetic strips, or laminated to make stick puppets.
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20. Dinosaur Counting Song
This engaging twist on the classic Little Mouse rhyme challenges kids to find their favorite dinosaurs while practicing memory skills and sharpening their color identification skills.
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