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!
Germs! Thank you, Pam, for this idea!
This is a wonderful demonstration of the importance of covering our moths when we cough or sneeze!
Materials needed: a balloon, holes from a hole puncher, a permanent marker.
Place the holes in the balloon, blow it up and twist the end but don't tie it. Draw a face on it using the end that you blow on as the mouth.
Tell the kids that there are germs inside of Mr. Balloon and he is going to remember to cover his mouth as he coughs....then let the air out of the balloon covering the opening with your hand (only a few germs should escape). T
Then blow him back up and show them what happens to Mr. Balloons germs when he coughs and forgets to cover his mouth....germs fly all over the room
Thank you, Karen, for the following variation of the Germs idea!
Use a very fine glitter and sprinkle some on a smooth surface before talking to the group. Then talk about germs and how they spread.
Pretend to cough or sneeze over the surface and then wipe your hand over the glitter. Then touch the children's hands, leaving a little of the glitter on their hands, explaining that this is what happens when we cough or sneeze without covering our noses or mouths.
The best way to remove glitter is to wash hands, so use that time to show how germs can be washed away, too!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
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Community Helper Doctor Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Doctor's Examination Room
Materials: Provide a mat or blanket to lay on, thermometer (play type!), bandages, and a play medical kit. Include some band-aids and bandages. I have also included clipboards, markers and folders with paper for each patient.
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together!
10 Little Monkeys Thank you, Ms. M. for this activity idea!
Have students jump on the cots while singing: "10 little monkeys jumping on the bed, One fell down and bumped his head, Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said, No more monkeys jumping on the bed..."
I had one student dress up as a doctor, and each ״monkey" that fell off the bed, got a colorful bandage from the "doctor".
Then they continue, "9 little monkeys jumping on the bed...."
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Build a Hospital
Provide small, wooden blocks and people for the children to build hospitals while they count the blocks, sort them by color or size, etc.
Is There a Doctor In The House? Thank you, Karen, for this idea!
We have used our out of date bandages and slings and dress the children with them and let them put them on us using small bits of tape from a tape dispenser--great for fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills!
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Community Helpers Doctor Theme!
Visit a doctor's office if possible.
Invite a doctor to you classroom to just sit and talk with them. They can demonstrate using different instruments or just talk to them about their fears or answer questions they have about visiting a doctor's office.
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