Theme and activities
Educational activity planning by theme: games, crafts, coloring pages, stories, songs & rhymes, and printable activity sheets.
children's activities; educational games, arts and crafts, printable material.
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Coloring pages, word flashcards, picture game, and activity sheets to complement your theme
Circle time is ideal for getting children to exercise. Use this time to introduce the week's theme: the circus. Play the role of the animal trainer. Children are the circus animals. Here are suggestions of thematic exercises. Have children stand and walk together in the same direction around your circle time area. Name a few circus animals. Say, "You are tigers." Children crawl about like tigers. Say, "You are elephants." Children walk slowly, stretching out their arms and legs to make themselves as wide as possible. Next, state, "You are beautiful horses." Have them walk holding their head up high, arms alongside their body. When children are used to the game, have them jump through hoops, raise one leg, etc. Variation: Once children understand the game, give each child a different circus animal to represent. Your circle can have a horse, a tiger, an elephant, etc.
Claudine, one of our collaborators suggests an imaginary game to begin each day.
(Open thematic letter - Pipo the clown) Print the letter. Prepare a shiny envelope. Place the envelope in an easy to find location in the daycare. Read portions of the letter to them each day.
(Open thematic poster-circus) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters. Organize a circus corner. Install mats for trapezists (children can use them to pretend they are acrobats throughout the week). Add balls and scarves for juggling, hoops, makeup, clown costumes, hats, disguises, a mirror, and a clown nose.
VARIOUS CIRCUS WORKSHOPS
Here are a few workshop ideas for this theme.
Building blocks - Construction area: Blanket or parachute to create a large tent.
Role Play: Trains, animals, disguises
Manipulation: Pictures, memory games, animal or clown puzzles
Arts & Crafts: Modeling dough with animal-shaped cookie cutters
Reading: Circus picture books or animal stories
Music and movement: Hoops, scarves, balls, whistle, microphone
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with the group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a thematic corner. (Open picture game-Circus) Print, laminate, and store in a "Ziploc" bag or in your thematic bins.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Tight rope walker
Circus memory game
You be the judge of how sweet you will go depending on the age group under your care. At the circus, there are sweets galore! Small bags of popcorn, candy apples, cotton candy, and sausages are examples of treats you can enjoy. Try turning your kitchen area into a sweet treats canteen. Children can choose their favourite item!
Clown pizza lunch
Prepare a round pizza for each child. Create a clown face using vegetables for eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Add spaghetti for the clown's hair.
For each child, put one scoop of ice cream in a bowl. Add an upside down cone on top of the scoop. Have children create their clown faces (the scoop) using small candy.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open activity sheet - Clown face) Print the face outline. Children add the expression of their choice.
SONGS & RHYMES
By: Patricia Morrison
1 elephant wearing a hat
1, 2, 3, 4, 5...the circus is live!
Have you ever seen a circus?
By: Patricia Morrison
Have you ever seen a circus, a circus, a circus
With lions and tigers and horses and acrobats
COMPLIMENTARY ACTIVITY: A DAY AT THE CIRCUS
A day at the circus
(by: Joanne Arsenault)
Makeup, costumes, jumping rope, hoola hoops, balls, soft balls, mats, balance beam, balancing pole, parachute, ribbons and balloons for decorating, musical instruments. Use a parachute to create a big top. Decorate with ribbons, streamers, and balloons. Create a balance beam with a 2 x 4 and cover it with red adhesive tape. Cover a long stick with red adhesive tape too. Use it as a balancing pole. Children can walk like tightrope walkers. Provide mats for clowns and acrobats. Lion tamers can make use of the hoola hoops.
Set the stage:
Emily was going to spend the day at the circus with her friends. When they arrived, they were told that all six clowns were sick and that they could not be in the show. Emily and her friends thought that, if they practiced, they could be the clowns in the next day's show.
For creative representation:
For social and moral development:
Relationships with peers:
For language development:
For psychomotor skills:
Movement and music
the Hokey Pokey song:
You put your clown foot in
You put your monkey tail in
Continue with: elephant trunk, balancing pole, etc.
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