101 Circle Time Activities by School Specialty Publishing – SSP0742430472s

CHAPTER 1 Social and Emotional Development

NAME GAME

Materials – Large rubber ball

Activity
Try this circle activity at the beginning of the school year to help the children learn one another’s names. Sit with the children in a large circle, making sure everyone has plenty of space. Show the children how to sit with their legs open in a V-shape. Hold a large rubber ball in your hands. Say your name and the name of one of the children, and then gently roll the ball to that child. Have that child say his or her name and the name of another child before rolling the ball to that child. Once a child has caught and rolled the ball, have the child sit cross-legged until everyone has had a turn. Then play the game again.

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Sample PDF Activity

Variation #1: To make the game simpler, have each child roll the ball back to you instead of to another child. Once the children have mastered the basics of the game, let them roll the ball to one another.

Variation #2: Instead of rolling a ball to one another, let the children toss a beanbag.

Extension #1: Challenge the children to pass the ball to one another as quickly as possible. Use a timer each time they play the game. Talk about playing quickly but carefully so that the ball does not roll out of the circle. Keep a chart with their times written on it. Ask the children, What was your shortest time? What was your longest time?

Extension #2: Use this game format to learn new things about the children. For example, in addition to having the children say their names, have them say how old they are, what their favorite color is, what they like to eat for breakfast, or some other interesting fact about themselves.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Early Childhood Skills Correlation – 4
Introduction – 6

Social and Emotional Development – 7
Name Game – 7
Up and Down – 8
On the Outside – 9
Rainbow Dolls – 10
Yes and No – 11
Responsible Me – 12
The Mirror and Me – 13
Positive Statements Poster 13
Talking Tube – 14
The Circle of Noise – 14
Happy Hands, Sad Hands 15
Feelings Song. – 16
Feelings Faces – 16
Knock, Knock. – 17
Friendship Ring – 18

Language and Literacy 19
Wonder Why – 19
What If? – 19
How Many Ways? – 20
Rhyming Riddles – 20
Story Bag – 21
Symbol Stories – 22
Answers and Questions 22
Simon Says Opposites – 23
Colorful Eggs – 24
Symbolic Prop Stories – 25
Fun with Books – 26
Nonverbal Communication 26
Words All Around Us – 27
Alphabet Letter Magnets 27
Listen to the Sound – 28

Math – 29
Counting Song – 29
Counting Catches – 30
Number Match Game – 30
Seasonal Number Rhyme 31
How Many? – 32
Walk Around the Shape 33
Shapes in the Air – 34
Shape Pictures – 34
I Spy a Shape – 35
Shape Bingo – 35
Shape Dance – 36
What Does It Weigh? – 37
Lengthy Fun – 37
Shape Patterns – 38
Patterns in Sound – 38

Science – 39
People, Places, and Things – 39
Same and Different – 40
Bug in the Rug Game – 40
Backwards Photos – 41
Nature Walk Stories – 41
Shadow Explorations – 42
Buzz – 42
The Fan Club – 43
Environments Game – 44
When We Were Small – 45
What Is the Weather? – 46
Time for Graphing – 47
Sink or Float? – 47
Qualities – 48
Light Show – 48

Music and Movement – 49
Drumbeats Movement – 49
Streamer Fun – 49
Musical Instruments – 50
Music Everywhere – 50
High and Low – 51
Music Detectives – 52
Partners Move! – 52
Moving with Scarves – 53
Dance Fever – 54

Visual Arts – 55
Musical Collage – 55
Puzzle Mural – 55
Playdough Creation – 56
Our Sculpture – 56
Brick Building Mural – 57
Sculpture Bags – 58
Sticky Mural – 58
Weaving Net – 59
Chalk Pizza- 60

Dramatic Play – 61
Nursery Rhyme Fun – 61
Space Adventure – 62
Airplane Trip – 62
Fly in and out the Window 63
Pumpkin Patch- 63
Row Your Boat – 64
Mousy Moves – 65
Sticky Story – 66
Animals Sleeping – 67
Football Practice – 68

Motor Skills – 69
Build a Tower – 69
The Feather Dance- 70
Fun with a Parachute- 71
Beanbag Game – 72
Hoops of Fun – 73
Wading Pool Fun – 74
Bubble Wrap Play – 75
Dot-to-Dot Mural – 76
The Friendship Squeeze – 76
Musical Chairs and More – 77
Moving with Carpet Squares – 78
Walk the Line – 79
Copycat – 80

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