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CIRCLES




Circle Caterpillars

For each child, cut six circles out of colored construction paper. Let the children overlap and glue their circles in straight lines on pieces of white contruction paper. Then let them draw antennae, legs and faces on their lines of circles to make caterpillars.




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. Let the children glue circles they have punched out of construction paper with a hole punch on the branches and beneath the tree. Carefully shake off the extra circles. To make an autumn scene have the children punch out red, yellow, and orange circles; to make a winter scene, white circles; to make a spring scene, pink circles; to make a summer scene, green circles.




Number Cards

Draw or glue from one to ten circles on the top halves of ten index cards. Write the corresponding number under each set of circles on the lower parts of the cards and cut them in half. Let the children take turns matching the circles with the corresponding numbers.




Circle Patterns

For each child, put three or four different colored self-stick circles in a row to make a pattern on a piece of paper. Then give the children more colored circles and let them continue the patterns on their papers.

Variation: Instead of self-stick circles, use circles that have been punched out of colored construction paper with a hole punch.




Size Circles

Cut eight different sized circles out of the same color of posterboard. Mix them up and have the children arrange the circles by size.




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 these circles,

So think hard and name one for me.

Snowman, snowman,

The snowman's a circle or two or three.

Snowman, snowman,

The snowman's a circle you see.


My favorite shape is a circle,

Because it's round as can be.

The world is just full of these circles,

So think hard and name one for me.

Pizza, pizza,

The pizza's a circle you eat.

Pizza, pizza,

The pizza's a circle you eat.


Continue with similar verses, letting the children name other things that are shaped like circles.




Vegetable Rounds

Slice carrots, cucumbers and zucchini into rounds. Let the children spread them with cream cheese, peanut butter or egg salad for snacktime.




Pizzas

Toast English muffins and let the children spoon on tomato sauce and grated cheese before adding round pepperoni and olive slices to make pizzas. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted.




Musical Circles

Cut circles out of colored construction paper or posterboard and tape them to the floor. Have the children march around the circles as you play music. When you stop the music, have the children find circles to stand on. Ask them to identify the colors of their circles before playing the music again.




Hula-Hoop Game

Bring in a Hula-Hoop and place it in the center of the floor. Have the children take turns walking around the outside of the hoop, heel to toe, without touching it. Then let them try jumping in and out of the Hula-Hoop, walking around it with one foot inside and one foot outside, etc. If desired, demonstrate how to use the Hula-Hoop and let the children try using it, too.


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