Here are our circle activities we did the other day. With winter, snowmen have made a big appearance in our house so it seemed like a great time to have a circle day. We played circle games, explored which items rolls, sorted money, and looked for circles in the world around us.
Skills: math, science, visual discrimination, movement, art
My girls are really interested in coins so this seemed like a great circle activity. I made these large coin pieces–the girls needed to be able to see both sides of the coin to match them (especially since there are some with different pictures) so I cut out and glued together the two coin pieces before laminating them. With the pieces spread out on the floor, the girls each got a small pile of money that they sorted onto the correct paper piece.
Does it roll?
I put together a group of items from around the house, some of which roll and others that do not. We then took turns trying to roll them across the floor. Before we started we talked about how circles do not have any corners and that makes them round. As we rolled things we then started looking at if they were a sphere or a cylinder.
Hula Hoops and Circle Games
They might not be able to really hula hoop but the girls LOVE playing with them so we got them out on circle day. Even if they can’t hula hoop yet, it doesn’t mean they can’t have fun with these giant circles.
We also played circle games such as “Ring Around the Rosie” and “Down by the Banks.”
Studying Drop of Water
We used our plastic pipettes to put a drop of water onto wax paper. We then studied them with our magnifying glass to see how it bubbled it up and made a circle.
Circles are Everywhere
In order to see that circles are everywhere we went for a walk around the neighborhood looking for circles. And we practiced drawing circles throughout the day
I also tried to have circle themed meals, such as cutting their sandwiches and having the girls help me make hamburgers that night.
During winter and especially for circle day, we’ve been using our 5 Little Snowmen from last year. While we did use some of the poems from before, we also did some new ones this year. You can find all of our snowmen counting poems here: Snowmen Counting Poems
And we made these cute little snowmen this year. I gave the girls the three different sized circles for them to put in order and glue together. Then the girls covered the snowmen in cotton balls before adding all the different decorations. I used paper plates for the white paper so that it would be strong enough to hold all the cotton balls and goodies.
Supplies: white paper; glue; cotton balls; eyes; pipe cleaners; buttons; felt for the carrot nose, scarf, and whatever else you want