This creative book uses music, song, poetry and a host of practical activities to engage young children in Circle Time. It contains 26 practical themes based on the letters of the alphabet. Busy teachers will find the ideas and resources invaluable in helping them make their Circle Time sessions innovative and exciting. The benefits to the children participating in these sessions will be the development of: - self-esteem - relationships - communications - spiritual and moral development. There are links to Citizenship objectives and help with planning notes. This is an exciting and comprehensive resource that links Circle Time to the Early Years curriculum.

Typical Circle Time Activities
Typical circle time activities

Use fun warm-ups to help the children to relax. Sometimes this might be a highly energetic game involving movement and changing places.


A round is also a good way to start Circle Time. These can include lots of unfinished sentences, e.g.

When I grow up I want to be …

If I could float and be as light as a bubble I would …

The best surprise I ever had was …

The thing that made me laugh the most was …

Discussion/Problem Solving

The Rounds can also be used to solve problems, followed by an ‘Open Discussion’ where children may say, “I need help because …”. The children in the circle may indicate by raising their hands to help and say, “Would it help ...

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