Circle time can be a ton of fun! It’s such a great way to start your day, end your day, or gather your class together at any point in between! It’s great for building community, practicing skills, and sharing good books. But… if you don’t give your kiddos a chance to move while you’re doing it, you’ll lose them! That’s why I love things like this animal movement game to get them up and moving AND practicing really important skills at the same time!
What You Need
This game is SO easy to prep, it’s ridiculous! You only need a few things! First, and most importantly, you’ll need my Spring Animal Movement Game from my TPT store! (Click on the product cover to grab yours!)
Other than that, the only thing you HAVE to have is scissors or a paper cutter. Personally, I’m in love with my paper cutter from Fiskars! It works like a charm and saves me SO much time! But, scissors definitely work too if you like to do things the old-fashioned way!
The other two things I would highly recommend, but you can definitely do without them, are a personal laminator and laminating sleeves. I have a Scotch laminator that I’ve been using for about 2 years now, and it works great! My favorite laminating sleeves are the ones from Fellowes because they are inexpensive and they work great with dry erase markers if you have a need for that!
Now all you have to do to prep this activity is print, cut, and laminate!
How to Play
The cards come i three different categories, and they’re color coded.
The blue ones have actions on them.
The yellow ones have spring animals on them.
And the purple ones have numbers on them.
This makes playing super easy! Just sort the cards into three stacks by color. (Your kiddos can help you with this step!) Then choose a kiddo to pick a card from each stack. Put the tree together, and do what the cards tell you to do!
You might get to jump like a from 5 times…
Or hop like a bird 8 times…
Or touch your toes like a lion 2 times…
Or you might have to really use your imaginations to do something really silly like jumping jacks like a snail 6 times!
And, while you’re playing, ask your kiddos to identify the number that’s chosen to make this a number recognition activity! Ask them to count out loud while doing the actions to make this a counting activity! They’ll be having so much fun moving and acting like animals, they won’t even realize they’re learning!
Spring Circle Time Games Bundle
If you want to get my complete set of spring circle time games that included letters, sounds, numbers, counting, shapes, and more, just click the product cover to go grab your set!
Get Featured on the Blog!
How would like for YOUR classroom and YOUR kiddos to be featured in a blog post? All you need to do is take pictures of your kiddos (no faces please!) using your favorite set of my busy boxes or circle time games! Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of which resources you used, why you love them, and why your kiddos love them! If I choose your pictures and story to feature in a blog post, I’ll give you credit with a link to your website, blog, or social media platform if you use those, and I’ll send you my next complete set of circle time games for FREE!
Please note: by sending me your photos, you are giving me permission to use them on my website (mrsasroom.org), my Facebook page, my Instagram page, and my Pinterest boards with no financial compensation for their use. Any photos that reveal the identity or face of a child will not be used.
More Circle Time Games
You might want to check out some of my other circle time posts!