Step 1: Transition Video
Gather Kids to the Circle
Signal for Change: Transition songs act as a clear and predictable signal for children that a change in activity is about to occur. This helps prepare them mentally for the transition and reduces anxiety or resistance to change.
We find Mister Kipley, Transition To Circle Time Song easy for preschoolers to listen to.
Step 2: Main Lesson
"Baa Baa Black Sheep" Video
Song Video: Play a fun and educational "Baa Baa Black Sheep" video that includes the lyrics on the screen to help the children follow along.
One great option is "Baa Baa Black Sheep CoComelon Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs". Sing along with the kids, and encourage them to use hand movements to mimic shearing wool from the sheep's back.
Be sure to print our "Baa Baa Black Sheep" pdf, printables for additional props that your little audience can hold and engage with as you start the circle time activities.
We also have FREEBIE Friday Printables!
Step 3: Felt Board Activity
Playtime Felts Set: Use the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Felt Set with a felt board. This set includes felt pieces of sheep, bags of wool, and other related items. Have the children engage in a hands-on activity where they can use the felt pieces to reenact the song.
Encourage them to create their own scenarios and tell the story of the sheep. This activity can help improve fine motor skills and creativity.
Guidance and Interaction: As the children play, provide guidance and interact with them. Ask questions like, "What is Baa Baa Black Sheep doing?" or "Can you help the Baa Baa Black Sheep find the bags of wool?" This will keep them engaged and foster their imagination.
Step 4: Exit Song Video
Exit Song Video: To signal the end of the activity, play an exit song video related to sheep or farm animals.
Many preschoolers like "Farmees - The Sheep Song". This video will help transition the children out of the activity and create a sense of closure. Encourage them to sing along and say goodbye to the sheep.
Goodbye Ritual: After the exit song, gather the children in a circle once more and do a simple goodbye ritual. You can use a rhyme like, "Goodbye, little sheep, it's time to go. We had so much fun, but now you know. Our circle time is done, and it's time to say goodbye. See you again next time with a smile as high as the sky!"
By following these four steps, you can engage the children in a fun and educational circle time activity centered around "Baa Baa Black Sheep" while incorporating multimedia elements, interactive play, and a structured beginning and end.
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