Multiple short and highly interactive large group times are more effective than one long Circle Time with toddlers. We recommend you plan 4 short group times each day. Each group time follows a consistent routine so the children know what to expect.
When designing your group times, plan for no more than 10-12 minutes. During the 10 minutes, have 2-3 minute segments that alternative between Move – Sitting – Moving – Sitting activities.
The more you can sing and the more children can have something to touch or a way to move their bodies, the more successful and fun your group times will be.
Set Up Your Toddler Circle Time Display
- Board/Wall Titles
- Shape & Color Cards
- Sign Language Cards
- Board Titles
- Letter & Number Cards
- Weather and Calendar Materials
- Sorting cups
- Colored pompoms
- Finger Play Poster
Circle Time for Toddlers
Keep Circle Time short and sweet for toddlers with this routine:
- Transition to Circle Time with a Song. Try It’s Time to Start Our Day from the Toddler Group Routines Cards.
- Sing the Hello Song.
- Introduce a purple card Literacy/Social Emotional Activity from the Experience Toddler curriculum.
- Sing and dance to a Letter Song from Toddler Beats.
Transition toddlers to group time again throughout the day to participate in art, math and music, and movement activities.