Circle time establishes routine, helps the children learn new things, and can be just plain fun. Babies are not too young for circle time. If you are a preschool or head start teacher for babies / toddlers, try singing, “What Time is It?” With visual aids, and lots of teacher enthusiasm, the babies might enjoy it. And, it can also help them to say the word, “no”.
If you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, don’t fret. The babies won’t care! It is best if the other teacher/ teacher assistant sings as well.
To sing this circle time song, you will need several visual aides. They include pictures of the babies/toddlers napping or a doll or stuffed animal that is asleep, a bouncy ball, a rubber ducky, toy wind-up cars, and pictures of the babies eating. If possible, try to have a toy clock to point to as well.
Start by holding up pictures of the children asleep. (It is ideal if they are at least 5’7 in size, and laminated on poster board.) You can also use a small doll or animal that is asleep. Sing, “What time is it? What time is? Is it time to take a nap? Oh no, no mo, oh no no, it’s not time to take a nap!” Feel free to then say things such as, “Look, that’s you asleep!” If you use a baby doll, you might also cover the doll with a small blanket while you sing the song.
Next wind up a toy car, or make a toy car move. Then sing, “What time is it? What time is it? Is it time to ride in a car? Oh no no no, oh no no no, it’s not take to ride in a car!” You can also using a toy plane, bus, or even a boat.
After you’ve put the car away, show them a rubber ducky. You could also provide each baby with a rubber ducky. Then sing, “What time is it? What time is it? Is it time to take a bath? Oh no no no, oh no no no, it’s not time to take a bath!”
Next, hold a ball. It could be a large bouncy ball or tennis ball. Sing, “What time is? What time is it? Is it time to bounce a ball? Oh no no no, oh no no no, it’s not time to bounce a ball!” You can also provide each baby with a small, baby-friendly ball. (This works best with babies who are 5 to 10 months old.)
Then,, hold up pictures of the babies/toddlers eating or drinking from a bottle. Sing, “What time is? What time is it? Is it time to eat breakfast? Oh no no no, oh no no no, it’s not time to eat breakfast!” In lieu of the pictures, you can also use plastic fruit such as bananas.
Lastly, sing cheerfully, “It’s time for circle time!” Oh, yay yay yah, or yay yay yay, it’s time for circle time!” Hold up and point to the clock, if possible. Repeat, “It’s time for circle time!”
Repetition is important at this age, and it is great if you sing this daily, or alternate with other opening circle time songs. For more circle time ideas for babies, read “Circle Time Ideas and Activities for Babies.” Happy Teaching!