Searching for preschool circle time activities? Are you starting a child care program and looking for circle time ideas? Here are a few circle time activities and ideas for preschoolers and toddlers. These are daily activities that are met to be completed at each circle time. You can do these in addition to a special activity.
Daily Preschool Circle Time Activity #1: Calendar Activity
One simple activity for circle time that can be done daily is the calendar activity. It helps the children learn the concept of calendars, months, weeks, holidays and more. Read “How to Do a Daily Calendar Activity for Preschool / Kindergarten Circle Time” for tips and ideas.
Daily Preschool Circle Time Activity #2: Sing Songs
Circle time isn’t complete without songs. For some circle time songs read “Circle Time Songs For Toddlers and Preschoolers.” and ‘Activities for Toddlers: 10 Fun Circle Time Songs.” Music offers many benefits to toddlers and preschool students. It can help increase their vocabulary and more.
Daily Preschool Circle Time Activity #3: Announce the Helper/Leader for the Day
Circle time is also a great time to announce the helper or leader for the day. The helper can then be the assistant for all activities for the rest of the day, leader for the lunch line, etc. Usually, children will be very proud to be the helper for the day.
Daily Circle Time Activity #4: Discuss the Weather
This activity can be done in conjunction with the calendar activity. You can discuss what the weather is like, what the temperature is outside, or what the weather is predicted to do today.
Daily Circle Time Activity #5: Discuss a Color of the Day (or Week)
A fifth excellent activity for circle time is to announce a color of the day or week. You can ask children who are wearing the color to raise their hands, discuss which objects are of that color, etc.
Daily Circle Time Activity #6: Discuss the Letter of the Day (or Week)
Additionally, you can discuss the letter of the day. You can recognize the students whose names start with the letter, what words start with the letter, etc.
Daily Circle Time Activity #7: Read a Story
Last, but not least, you can also read a story during circle time. It is probably best to choose a shorter story (or perhaps only read half a story and continue later), as their attention span might be limited. You can never read too many stories to a toddler or preschool.
These are just seven fantastic circle time activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten students. If you need more ideas for your class, be sure to check out “Creative Ways to Amuse and Entertain Your Toddler.”