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!
Preschool Birthday Theme Month Graph
Create a graph that has the months across the top and the children's names down the left side.
Create small candles or cake shapes with the children's names on them.
Talk about birthdays and when their birthdays are (you will obviously need a list of their birthdays).
Have the children place their piece under the correct month next to their name.
This can be used for many math skills: How many birthdays in the same month? How many in each month? Which month has more? Less? None?
Four Pretty Presents
Make a flannel board or paper pieces for the children to use while you teach them this finger play!
Four pretty presents and they are all for me. (Hold up four fingers.)
I unwrapped the red one, and now there are three.
Three pretty presents and one is from you. (Hold up three fingers)
I unwrapped the blue one, and now there are two.
Two pretty presents left until I’m done. (Hold up two fingers.)
I unwrapped the yellow one and now there is one.
One pretty present, I am having so much fun! (Hold up one finger.)
I unwrapped it slowly and now there are none. (Hold up both hands palms facing out)
Birthday Felt Game
Create felt pieces in the shapes of different toys the children might receive as a birthday present: a doll, toy car, puppy, pony, etc. as well as a cake a candle, a wrapped present. (You could make these by cutting out magazine pictures or printing clip art of each and placing felt on the back of the pictures).
Place the items on the flannel board and discuss.
Remove one or two pieces as the children cover their eyes and then have them guess what is missing.
Place this in the library throughout the day for independent use.
Ten Little Candles
Use flannel pieces on a board OR place actual birthday candles in the middle of circle OR place candles in a cake you will have for snack!
Ten little candles. On a chocolate cake.
Blow out two (make a blowing out the candles sound two times)
Now there are........ (take time to count them) eight.
Eight little candles. On candlesticks.
Blow out two (make blowing out sound again--2 times)
Now there are six.
Six little candles. And not one more.
Blow out two....
Now there are four.
Four little candles. Red, white, and blue.
Blow out two
Now there are two.
Two little candles. Standing in the sun.
Blow out two...
Now there are none.
Today I have a birthday
I'm four years old, you see. (Hold up four fingers. )
And here I have a birthday cake
Which you may share with me. (Make circle with arms. )
First we count the candles,
Count them every one.
One, two, three, four (Hold up fingers one by one. )
The counting now is done.
Let's blow out the candles.
Out each flame will go.
"Blow....., blow......, blow......, blow......," (Pretend to blow out candles. )
As one by one we blow. (Bend down fingers one at a time as you blow.)
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!
Here is Frank Asch's original Moon Cake recipe to go along with his book Mooncake
Ingredients: 3 eggs; dash of salt; 1/4 cup of Grape Nuts cereal; dash of cinnamon; butter; maple syrup and/or honey.
Melt butter in an omelette pan.
Beat eggs lightly.
Cook on medium to low for about 30 seconds.
Sprinkle Grape Nuts and cinnamon on top of eggs.
Continue to cook until bottom is light brown.
Cook other side until done.
Serve with butter and maple syrup or honey. Remember, Bear likes his with honey!
One large moon cake can feed 1-4 children as a snack!
Preschool Birthday Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Birthday Party Set up
Provide all the items you will need to set up a birthday party. I recommend purchasing items that can be used over and over, year after year. For example, purchase a small vinyl table cloth and hard plastic cups (rather than paper tablecloth and plastic solo type cups).
Provide: tablecloth, cups, plates, streamers, birthday hats (purchased or made by the children), items to make pretend cake, perhaps add playdough for cake making to your dramatic play area!, dress up party clothes, boxes and wrapping paper for the children to wrap presents, a pin the tail on the donkey game, etc.
Preschool Birthday Theme Large Group Games To Help Preschoolers Build Their Muscles While Having Fun Together!
Pass the Present
Wrap a new toy for the classroom in a box. Wrap it with many layers (one layer for each child!). Pass the present around as you play music. When the music stops, the person holding the present takes off one layer. Let the children know that if they already unwrapped it one time, they need to hand it to someone who has not if they are holding the present when the music stops a second time!
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Make a big donkey for the felt board. Make felt tails, one for each child, with their names written on. Blindfold children one at a time and let them take turns "pinning" the tail on the donkey.
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