Activity Time (15-20 minutes)
The activity time is usually between 15-20 minutes, but it could even be as short as ten minutes depending on the children. Here are some of the various types of activities that you could use at circle time. For some activities, you can have one child come in front at a time and do the activity and the others watch. For other activities, all the children can work individually and finally bring their activity final product to the front and show it to everyone.
Physical activities are basically games that use physical skills like catching and throwing balls, crawling under a tunnel, jumping on a trampoline or doing an obstacle course.
Sensory activities are those that focus on any of the various sensations--vision, smell, touch, taste, hearing and movement. These activities include play dough activities, rolling on the ground, marching to music, guessing what’s in the bag based on touch or smell, etc. Sensory activities also help the development of sensory integration skills that are affected in autism.
Social and Language Activities:
Social and language activities aim at developing various social, language and communication skills. They could be identifying pictures, listening to a story, making animal noises, or practicing a particular social skill like please and thank you.