Concepts At Circle Time:
The activities should be about introducing young children to colors, numbers, shapes, opposites, positions and classification. Each concept can be presented in at least four different ways allowing for reinforcement through meaningful repetition. Activities should be designed to last from five to eight minutes.
All activities are designed for a group of children sitting on the floor with their provider. The children need to be able to see you and any props you use.
Because pre schoolers like to be actively involved, these activities engage them in many ways. Often times you begin by displaying an intriguing prop of some kind – a suitcase, a gift box, and so on. Inside are learning props for the children to observe, hold, handle, or explore. Many activities use a flannel board with colorful props for children to observe and manipulate.
Language is very much a part of all the activities. It is by talking about concepts and sharing ideas that children turn their observations into new vocabulary and learn to communicate their knowledge to others.
In some activities you will be encouraged to pass an item around the circle for children to explore. To cut down on waiting time, I suggest that you pass out several identical or similar items at once. You can do this by staring the items with different children who are sitting at various parts of the circle.
Give each of your children a small bag containing short strips of construction paper in the colors they have been learning. Have the children sit down and arrange their paper strips nearby. Then invite one child to come to the front of the circle and reach into a bag containing longer strips of the same colors. Have the child remove a strip from the rainbow bag and show it to the group. Have the other children pick up their matching strips and hold them in the air while all sing the following song.
Can You Find?
(Sung to “The Mulberry Bush”)
Can you find the color red,
The color red, the color red?
Can you find the color red,
And hold it up in the air?
Substitute the names of other colors for red.
Light Up The Colors:
Provide a flashlight for each child in your group. Dim the lights in the room. Have each child, in turn, name a color. For younger children, hold up an object and name the color. When your children hear a color name, have them shine their flashlights at anything in the room that is that color.
Hint: Encourage the children to shine their lights on something that no one else has found. This discourages “copying” the person who first found something of the named color.
Cut a large shape from felt to put on the flannel board. Also cut short strips from felt in a variety of colors. Tell your children a story about a large family who wanted to paint their house and couldn’t choose a color because they liked all the colors. Explain that each family member painted a part of the house their own favorite color. As you mention each color, invite a child to place a felt strip of that color on the house. End the story by explaining that the family called their home the “Rainbow House” because it was so many beautiful colors.