Circle time provides a moment to learn, listen, discuss and just have fun. If you are a head start or preschool teacher, try these Spring circle time ideas. They are great for circle time in March, April and May. These activities are best for 2 and 3 year old children, but will also work with 1 year old toddlers and even kindergarteners.
Count the Flowers
This circle time activity will reinforce counting skills and learning their colors. If funds allow, buy several plastic flowers in a variety of colors. These can be purchased at craft stores, Wal-Mart or online. You could also use paper cut-outs or even stickers. Make sure every child has a flower.
Announce, “Let’s count how many total flowers we have!” Then when you have finished, say “Let’s count how many red flowers we have!” Repeat with different colors. You could also do this with different types of flowers and sizes.
For two year old students, try a counting poem about flowers. Click here for a helpful Youtube video.
Show and Discuss Seeds
Purchase several packets of different types of flower seeds. These usually cost less than a dollar a piece. Pour the seeds into a container for each child to see. If you have a small, well-behaved group, pass the container around. Ask the children, “What do you think helps these seeds grow?” Explain that the flowers need water, sunlight, and soil. You also might mention that the weather needs to be right, and they can’t live if it is too cold.
Try to plant a few of the seeds in small pots or cups. If possible, allow each child a chance to water the seeds. Then announce, “We will put these on the windowsill! Hopefully they will get plenty of sunlight and we can check on them every day at circle time!”
Ask the children several questions about flowers. This provides a chance for them to practice verbal skills. Some questions are, “Have you ever seen a flower?”, “When was the last time you saw flowers?”, and “What are some reasons that people have flowers inside?” Depending on the children’s ages, you might hear all about a wedding or a great-grandma’s garden.
Show pictures about flowers.
Find at least ten images online of different types of flowers. Try to find pictures of daisies, bluebonnets, roses, etc. Print the images in 5’7 or 8’10 size, and if possible laminate them to save for next year. Show each image and tell the name of the flower. Encourage the class to repeat the name of the flower.
Talk about state flowers.
Explain that each state has a flower. Show a picture of your state’s flower. Then, share the ones of nearby states. Click here for a list of all state flowers.
Taste sunflower seeds.
This one might be better for snack time after circle time. But if you have a small group and food is permitted, do it during circle time. Show the children pictures of sunflowers. Then show them sunflower seeds that still have the shell on them. Allow them a chance to eat sunflower seeds that have been shelled. (As always, double check that there are no allergies in the group.)
Sing songs about flowers.
Songs are (usually) a hit during circle time. Click here for a list of several songs about flowers. The “Flowers Everywhere” song is a great one since most will already know the tune. Be sure to include the flowers in the song as visual aids.
Play a Game.
Another idea is to play the “Hot Potato Game” but use a flower instead. This will only work with older students. Play music in the background then randomly stop the music. The student who is holding the flower when the music stops is then out. If you have more than ten students, you might want to divide them into two groups to play simultaneously.
Last, but not least, read a book about flowers. One to try, especially if you are in Texas, is My First Legends: The Story of Bluebonnet. Another suggestion is Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. Also try The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallota.
For more advice, please read, “Preschool Circle Time Activities and Ideas to Do Everyday.” Also, browse “Circle Time Introduction Ideas for the First Day of School.” Another article to read is “Show and Tell Ideas for Preschool.” Happy Teaching!