CIRCLE THEME



Book List

A Circle Here, A Square There: My Shapes Book - David Diehl
Circle (Little Scholastic) - Justine Smith
Circle Dogs - Kevin Henkes and Dan Yaccarino
Circles (Playshapes Board Books) - Arnold Shapiro
M&M's Count Around the Circle - Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Spence Makes Circles - Christa Chevalier
Yellow Circle - Jane Cabrera




Songs & Fingerplays

Circles

See the sun up in the sky,
Well, it's a circle.
See a hula hoop roll by,
Well, it's a circle.
See the sun up in the sky,
See a hula hoop roll by,
Round as a fresh baked apple pie
And it's a circle.
See a wheel on a roller skate,
Well, it's a circle.
See a cookie on a plate,
Now that's a circle.
See a wheel on a roller skate,
See this cookie on a plate,
Boy, this cookie sure is great
And it's a circle!
See that great big manhole cover
Lying on the ground.
It's not a square or a triangle,
It's big and flat and round-
And it's a circle.
See a great big letter O,
Well, it's a circle.
See a bouncy ball, you know
That it's a circle.
I like that great big letter O,
I like that bouncy ball and so
The shape that we like best you know,
Well, it's a circle.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Rolling Circle Song - sung to "Have You Ever Seen A Lassie"

Have you ever seen a circle, a circle, a circle?
Have you ever seen a circle, which goes 'round and 'round?
It rolls this way and that way, And that way and this way.
Have you ever seen a circle, which goes 'round and 'round?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Circle Song - sung to "Jingle Bells"

Round circles, Round circles, Round circles to make,
Oh what fun it is to draw round circles to shake.
Oh, Round circles, Round circles, Round circles to make,
Oh what fun it is to draw round circles to shake.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make a circle, make a circle,
Draw it in the sky.
Use your finger, use your finger,
Make it round as a pie.
Draw a square, draw a square,
Make the lines so straight.
Make a square, make a square,
Draw a box in the air.
Draw a triangle, draw a triangle,
Always start at the top.
Make a tent, make a tent, Use three lines and stop!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Circle Song

A circle, a circle,
Draw it round and fat. (use index finger to draw circle in the air)
A circle, a circle, (repeat action)
Draw it for a hat. (draw a circle in the air overhead)
A circle, a circle, (repeat action)
Draw it just for me. (draw in the air)
A circle, a circle, (draw in the air)
Now jump and count the three: One! Two! Three!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

This Is a Circle - sung to "Frere Jacques"

This is a circle, this is a circle.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It goes round and round,
No end can be found.
It's a circle, it's a circle.

My Favorite Shape Is a Circle - sung to "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

My favorite shape is a circle,
Because it's as round as can be.
The world is just full of circles,
So think hard and name one for me.
Bubble, bubble,
The bubble's a circle for me, for me.
Bubble, bubble,
The bubble's a circle, you see.

My favorite shape is a circle,
Because it's as round as can be.
The world is just full of circles,
So think hard and name one for me.
Pizza, pizza,
The pizza's a circle you eat, you eat.
Pizza, pizza,
The pizza's a circle you eat.

Polka Dot Puppets

(Put sticky circles on each finger tip.)
Five _____polka dots lay on the floor,
One sat up and then there were four.
Four_____polks dots got on their knees,
One tipped over and then there were three.
Three____polka dots stood on one shoe,
One fell down and then there were two.
Two_____ polka dots started to run,
One stopped quickly and then there was one.
One_____polka dot rolled toward the door,
When it disappeared there were no more.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare




Arts & Crafts

Sun Circle Puppet

Materials: Yellow selfstick paper, yellow yarn, felt-tip markers, popsicle stick, pair of scissors

Procedure: Cut two 4 inch circles out of yellow self-stick paper. Remove the backing from one of the circles. Cut yellow yarn into short pieces and place them around the edges of the sticky side of the circle to make sun rays. Remove the backing from the second cirlce and place it on top of the first circle, sticky sides together, with a popsicle stick handle in between. Use felt-tip markers to add facial features.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Circle Shape Puppet

1 large construction paper circle and 4 small circles, 2 6-in. strips of paper and 2 4-in. strips, markers, popsicle stick, glue, pair of scissors.

Fold strips like an accordian and glue on for arms and legs. Glue on small circles for arms and feet, draw on a face and glue on a stick for a handle.

Circle Puppet, circle puppet, jump up high. Circle Puppet, circle puppet, fly, fly, fly. .....bend down low, there you go./.....twirl around. touch the ground.....hop, hop, hop, now you stop.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gumball Circles

Oaktag
colored construction paper
glue
crayons

For each child, cut a gum ball machine shape out of oaktag along with a number of small paper circles to use as gum balls. Have the children color their gum ball machine shapes with crayons. Let them choose the circles they want for the gum balls and glue them on their shapes. Hint: If you are working on a particular color make all the circles that color.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Circle Birds

Give each child a 4 1/2" circle and a 2 1/2" circle cut out of light blue construction paper. Have the children glue their circles on pieces of dark blue construction paper, using the large circles for bodies and the small circles for heads. Then let them decorate their circle birds with markers and feathers.

* These are really, really cute.

Circle Trees

Draw a tree with bare branches on a large piece of blue paper and attach fringed green construction paper below it for grass. Children glue circles they have punched out of construction paper with a hole punch on the branches and below the tree. Autumn tree - red, yellow, and orange circles. Winter tree - white circles. Spring tree - pink circles. Summer tree - green circles.

Circle Caterpillars

Cut 6 circles out of colored construction paper for each child. Let children overlap and glue their circles in straight lines on white construction paper. Draw antennae, legs, and faces to make caterpillars.

* These are really cute and the children love to make them.

Fruit Loop Necklace

Give each child a long piece of yarn with tape on one end. Let them string fruit loops onto the yarn. Ask them to also name the colors as they string. When done tie the two ends together and let them wear. Just make sure to take off before nap time.

Circle Shape Puppet

Cut one large circle and four small circles out of a piece of construction paper. Then cut two 6" and two 4" strips out of construction paper and fold them accordian style. Glue the shorter pieces to the large circle for arms and the longer pieces to the circle for legs. Attach the small circles to the ends of the folded paper strips for hands and feet. Glue a Popsicle stick handle to the back of the large circle. Add facial features with felt tip markers.

Circle Rubbing

On a piece of cardboard (I save the cardboard from legal pads for this), glue various sized circles which have been cut from coarse sandpaper. Write the word "circle" at the bottom. Place on a clip board with a clean sheet of paper on top. The clip board holds the paper in place. Children take a crayon (holding it sideways) and rub like crazy. The circles will "magically" appear. My children (age 3) will make several rubbings in the course of a day.

The Real Thing

Gather several real objects that match your Shape of the Day. For example, when focusing on circles, you might collect empty toilet-paper tubes, empty thread spools, container lids, empty curling-ribbon spools, paper cups, pencil erasers, and film canisters. Set out shallow trays of tempera paint and construction paper that's been cut into your Shape of the Day. Then invite little ones to make shape prints on paper using the objects.

Circle Outline

For each child draw a large circle shape onto a sheet of drawing paper. Then provide Cheerios (or any small round object such as circle stickers, etc.) and have each child glue or stick these to the circle outline to complete the shape.

Painted Circles

Collect some plastic bubble wrap. (Plastic bubble wrap is available where packaging materials are sold.) Cut 8-inch circles out of the wrap. Tape the circles to a table. Let your children paint on the bubble wrap. As each child finishes, press a sheet of paper over his or her design to reveal lots of little circles. Rinse off the bubble-wrap circles and let your children paint them again.

Circle Cookies

Give your children large cookie shapes cut from light-brown constuction paper. Let them make "cookie sprinkles" by using a hole punch to punch small circles out of other colors of paper. Have the children brush glue all over their cookie shapes and then add the colorful circle sprinkles.




In The Kitchen

Shape Snacks

Circle Day - sliced bananas, grapes, scoop of ice cream, ritz crackers, muffins, cookies, sandwich made on round bread.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare




Theme Ideas

A Box of Circles

Gather an assortment of items, some round (jar lids, bottle caps, 0-shaped cereal pieces, paper circles) and some not round. Put all of these in a round hatbox or cookie tin and show the container at circle time. Remove the top from the box and show your children that it is a circle. Its outside is round. Now dump out the contents and spread them on the floor. Tell your children that only circles belong in the box. In turn, let them each choose one item to place in the box. Have all the children name the chosen item and tell if they agree whether it belongs in the box.

Sorting Circles

From a single color of felt, cut a variety of shapes for your flannel board. Make these in several sizes, and include quite a few circles. Place the shapes at random on the flannel board. Lay a Hula Hoop on the floor in front of you, and beside that, put a large sheet of paper. Explain to your children that all of the circles belong in the hoop and all shapes that are not circles belong on the paper. Send several children at a time to the flannel board to select a shape and put it where it belongs.

Circles On Me

Let your children examine several objects that contain circles (wheeled vehicles, rings, clocks). Then ask them to be detectives and to search for circles on their clothes, on themselves and on each other. They'll find many; for instance, holes in a belt, holes for shoelaces, buttons, polka dots, shape of the eye's iris, hoop ear-rings, and freckles.

Remembering Circles

Stick a colorful round "sticky dot" on each of your children's hands to remind them of a circle's shape. Have each child, in turn, think of other things that are circles, Doorknobs, radio knobs, drinking glasses, some cookies, and buttons are just a few of the possibilities.

Hint: Offer clues to children who need help thinking of a circular object: "What do we bounceoutdoors (ball); What has a hole in the middle and tastes great for breakfast (doughnut, bagel or 0-shaped cereal)

Circle Game

Write the word "circle" on a paper plate. Children sit in a circle. Play some music while passing the circle from child to child. When the music stops (similar to musical chairs) the child holding the circle holds it up and says "circle!" My children learned this yesterday and loved doing it (age 3).

Making Circles

Show your child how to use his or her whole arm and hand to make a "round and round" motion on a sheet of paper with a crayon. You may need to stand behind your child and guide his or her hand through the motion.

Pie Puzzles

Cut three identical circles (about 12 inches in diameter) out of posterboard. Using felt tip markers, decorate each circle in a different color to make three kinds of "pie." Cut one pie in half, one into fourths, and one into eighths. Mix up the pieces and let your children have fun putting them together in a various ways to create three whole pies (circles).

Variation: for younger children, set out the pieces for one pie (circle) at a time>

~Submitted by Karen in KS

On a piece of rectangular paper write the numbers 1-10. Give each child a numbered piece of paper. Then cut out 10 purple circles and also write the numbers on each circle. Have the children match the number on the circle to the number on the piece of paper and glue it down. When all finished sing the song and have them point to the numbered circles as they sing!

One little two little
three little circles
four little five little
six little circles
seven little eight little
nine little circles
ten purple circles
across my page!

~Submitted by Karen in KS

Have the kids look around the room and find all the circle shapes they can. Teach them the song. "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. A circle is round and never ends, that's how long I want you to be my friend." Play ring around the rosie.

~Submitted by Criss




Links

Circle Bear Craft - DLTK
Circles - Preschool Express
Circle Worksheet - Teachnology
Another Circle Worksheet - Under 5's




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