Large Group and Circle Activities
education activities, lesson plans, ideas and games for circle and large
group times. This early childhood theme enhances curriculum and provides
young children with active learning experiences. Encourage youngsters to
identify their different moods and feelings with a few of the activities
in this theme.
Preschool Activities for Circle TimeBug In The Rug Game
During this circle time "who's missing" game by Tammy youngsters use observation and memory skills.
Materials: A Large sheet or blanket.
Description: Teachers lay a large sheet on the floor. The group of children set around it. One child steps away from the group and closes his / her eyes. The teacher taps a child and he / she gets under the "rug". The child that was away from the group with their eyes closed comes back. Now the rest of the children chant:
The child has to guess who is under the rug by looking around to see who is missing. The child under the rug is then revealed.Bug in the rug,
Comments: I use this game during my "Bugs and Creepy Crawler" unit. The children really enjoy it. They will even start playing it on their own during free time.
If you're looking for rhymes and fingerplays about insects and bugs you'll find them at Preschool Nursery Rhymes about Insects and Bugs
An entire theme about Creepy
Crawlers is in the Rainbow
Rainbow Squish Bags
Materials: Zipper zip lock bag, shaving cream and food coloring.
Description: Each child has his / her own
bag almost full of plain white shaving cream, they then choose two colors
they like and add three drops of each of the two colors. For example,
3 drops yellow and 3 drops blue the bag is then zipped shut (and should
be taped also). Then the child squishes the bag, mixing the yellow
and blue to create: green! This is almost magic to them!
Rainbow activities are in the Resource
Bluebird, Bluebird Song
Take a little girl
(boy) and pat her (him) on the shoulder
Playing the Game:
Play: "Two Little Blackbirds"
Two little Blackbirds
In this version the child is amazed because it looks as if there was a magic trick that happened.
There's an entire theme about Birds
in the Rainbow Resource Room.
Materials: Bowl, water, soap and towel.
Description: Teachers get a bowl of warm water. Show kids how to wash their hands making sure they cover the whole hand, in between fingers, etc. Let the children practice washing their hands with soap and water. Stress the importance of thorough washing to get rid of all the germs.
Hand Washing Finger Play
Lots of Health Activities are in the Rainbow Resource Room.Five little fingers playing all day
Positive Guidance Song
Description: To remind a child to use his or her words, we sing a song together:
Comments: I often hear the children singing it amongst themselves. It really works!Tune: Are You Sleeping?
Materials: Stories about bedtime, The
Napping House or Goodnight Moon etc. Paper finger puppets
of monkeys to use with the rhyme
Description: Children are invited to a pajama party story time. They are invited to wear pajamas, bring favorite stuffed animals, pillows or blankets. Five little monkeys finger puppets and rhyme is done, plus stories read while children sit on their blankets and listen.
Comments: The kids loved the M & Ms because they could identify with the characters. Some of the faces aren't so obvious, but the children were able to name a feeling for each one. Such as beautiful, pretty, happy, sad, grumpy, etc.
Take a look at Preschool Books for picture books about feelings.
Do you have a Circle Time idea that you'd like to share... E-mail Gayle