Circle time is often the highlight of the kindergarten day. It’s a time for learning, sharing, singing and more. Introduction activities can help your students learn the names of classmates. These are great for anytime within the first two weeks of school. Some children will be shy at first, and others will be willing to share more details than you want to know.
These discussion topics will allow each child to share his/her name, along with something about him/herself. These are ideal for kindergarten, but might work for preschool as well.
Which animal would you like to be?
Print off at least ten photos of animals beforehand. Try to find images online of animals such as a tiger, giraffe, dog, kangaroo, polar bear, squirrel, etc. Show the pictures to the kids, and say the names of the animals. Then ask each child if they could magically turn into an animal, which animal would they like to be? Emphasize that it does not need to be one of the animals on the cards.
What do you want to be when you grown up?
Begin by reading the book, Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! by Dr. Seuss. Then announce, “There are lots of different jobs you can have when you grow up! You could be a chef, dentist, builder, coach, teacher, electrician, cashier etc. Please say your name, and what you would like to be when you grow up!”
What is your favorite food?
Most children love to talk about their favorite food. This has usually been a question they have been asked before, so it will be easy for them to come up with an answer. Be sure to share your favorite food as well!
Which cartoon character would you like to be?
Ask, “If you could be a cartoon character, which one would you like to be?” State that it could be a TV cartoon character, or a movie cartoon character. List off a few suggestions such as Nemo, Dora the Explorer, Superman, Spiderman, etc. You will get some funny responses. Encourage the children to say why they would want to be the character, but do not require it.
What is your favorite thing to do on the playground?
Begin by asking the class to raise your hand if you like to play on the playground. (Hopefully you will have a unanimous response!) Then, say “There are lots of fun things to do on the playground! You can climb on the monkey bars, swing, go down the slide, play with a ball, etc. Please share your name, and what your favorite playground activity is!” Obviously, if you have a child in a wheelchair, please do not choose this circle time activity.
These are just five circle time activities for the first day (or week) of school. For more advice, please read “Preschool Circle Time Activities to Do Everyday.” Also, browse “Preschool Circle Time Activities for Fall.” Happy Teaching!