Circle time is often the most exciting moment of the preschool day. It is a chance to learn new concepts, boost vocabulary skills and just have fun. It’s a great time for repetitive activities, but also a chance to introduce letter recognition skills. These circle time activities below will help your class learn the letter B. These are ideal for both toddlers and preschoolers. Kindergarteners might enjoy them as well.
Bubbles are always a hit, especially with young toddlers. Announce, “Today with a going to learn a new letter! First, I am going to give you a hint.” Then, blow a few bubbles. Say, “Those are bubbles! What letter does ‘bubble’ start with?”
Obviously, young toddlers will not be able to say the letter. However, you will be surprised if some guess. Then say, “B! Bubbles start with B! Say ‘buh’! Let’s see if you catch a bubble!”
For older kids, show the word “bubble” on a card or dry erase board. Point to the letter b, and say, “This is a b! Bubbles start with B!” You might let the helper of the day write the letter B on the board.
Sing the Baby Bumblebee Song
A great circle time song for the letter B is the Baby Bumblebee song. Write the words “Baby Bumblebee” and point out the letter b. If you need the lyrics, Youtube has several videos of the Baby Bumblebee song. Click here for one. Be sure to do the hand motions!
Roll a Ball Back and Forth
This is a fun and easy circle time activity. Grab a ball, and say, “Ball starts with B! Show them the word on a card and point to the B. Lets pass a ball back and forth since we are learning about the letter B!” Make sure that every child gets a turn to pass the ball. For kindergarten students, encourage them to say a word that starts with the letter B each time they pass the ball.
Count the B’s
This activity can help them not only recognize the letter B, but also learn their colors. Print out, die-cut, or draw several B’s. Create some in different colors, or even with patterned paper. If possible, laminate them and attach to craft sticks. Provide each child with a B. Then say, “If you have a red B, raise it up! Let’s count how many red B’s we have! One, Two, Three! We have three red B’s!.” Repeat with different colors or patterns.
Show Baby Pictures
Two weeks before, ask parents to have each child bring a baby picture. Then share each picture at circle time. Be sure to write the word “baby” and point to the letter B’s. If you have children in foster care, or who might not have any baby pictures, skip this activity.
Toss a Balloon
This will work best with a group of eight kids or less. Announce, “Balloon starts with the letter B! Show them the word (on a dry erase board or card) and point to the B. We are going to pass a balloon back and forth to help us remember the letter B!” If you have a marker handy, write the letter B on the balloon.
Paper Bag Surprise Activity
This one is great for 3 to 5 year old children. However, younger children might enjoy it as well. Before circle time, find several objects that begin with the letter B. Some suggestions are a baby doll, brush, book, bear, and a banana. Place each object into a paper sack.
Provide each student with a paper bag. Then allow each child, one at a time, to open his or her bag. Encourage the child to say the name of the object (if possible) and discuss the item. Write the words on a dry erase/chalk board and show that each object begins with the letter B.
Talk About Animals that Start with the Letter B
Another suggestion is to discuss animals that start with the letter B. You can find pictures online. Print off the photos and attach to cards and/or laminate them. Some suggestions are a boa constrictor, bear, baboon, bat, bison, bobcat, butterfly, beaver, bald eagle and a blue bird. Find facts about the animals (such as what they eat, where they live, etc) and share them with the kids as you show the photos.
Read a Book
Circle time is a great moment for reading stories. One great book for the Letter B is Baby Bird by Joyce Dunbar. After you read it, ask questions about birds. An additional book to read is Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar.
Ring Bells Together
Another fun idea is to let the children play with bells. You can usually find small bells at craft stores. Remind them that bells start with the letter B. Show the world “bell” to them on a card or dry erase board. If you are teaching this in December, sing the song “Jingle Bells” along with the bells
These are just a handful of circle time activities for the letter B. For craft suggestions, please read “Preschool and Toddler Crafts for the Letter B.”
For more teaching advice, read, “Preschool Circle Time Activities About Flowers.” Also, browse “Toddler Circle Time Activities About Rain.” You might also check out “Free Sense of Smell Lesson Plan for Preschool Students.” Happy Teaching!