Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Ball Name Game
Although this may be something you do at the beginning of the year, it is always nice to revisit each others' names!
Sit in a circle. Name a child's name and roll the ball to that child. Only that child should reach for the ball.
That child then names a friend's name and rolls the ball to them.
Tell the children to only choose a friend who has NOT had a turn yet!
The Magic Ball
Of course, this is great. You pass the ball while singing the song. I am not a fan of games for preschoolers where they are "OUT", as this song suggests. If you do this, a great time would be when dismissing them from circle to go to another activity. When they are "Out" in this song, they go to choose their next activity, or got get their jacket on, etc.
The magic ball goes round and round.
Pass it quickly if you are around.
If you're the one to hold it last.
That means it's time for you to __________(sing activity here..get jacket on, go to interest centers, wash your hands, etc.)
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Create A Ball
Provide paper plates instead of paper. The children are going to create their own ball! My thought was for them to have a circle shape and create their own design on the circle so they are creating a design on the circle (ball) shape.
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Provide large exercise balls for the children to use! They lay their belly on the top, feet on the floor and try to balance on them. Be sure the floor is padded and the activity is supervised.
Rather than purchasing a plastic bowling set, why not make your own instead with the children? Collect 2 liter plastic bottles or 1/2 gallon plastic milk containers. Put a little bit of water or sand in the bottom and provide heavy balls to roll!
Felt BallsThank you, Wendy R., for this idea!
Have the children help make balls from felt. They can then paint them and use them in tossing games or parachute games to promote motor skills.
The children try to predict if each type of ball will sink or float!
Add a spray bottle to your sand table as well as melon ball scoops and ice cream scoops for the children to make sand balls with.
Sand Golf (Thank you Jennifer for this idea!)
Set up two baking tins with a scene from a golf course and put alligators and other animal figures along with a pond area and provided little Pom poms and other movable balls with sticks/ wooden and or real for them to hit into hole area with flag.
Hey there! Welcome to Preschool Plan It! I’m Cheryl, a preschool teacher of over 20 years.
I KNOW, I know, you spend hours of time developing your preschool themes, activities and preschool lesson plans each week. You are commited to planning preschool themes and activities that are engaging hands-on, interactive, fun AND meet the goal of supporting each child’s level of growth and development.
I am commited to providing you, the preschool teacher, with everything you need to develop preschool lesson plans and preschool activities for your classroom all in one place!
You’ll receive a weekly email with planning tips and teaching ideas. You'll also receive (on the 1st of each month) a free theme starter pack with some printables and activity ideas to get you started planning a theme!