Materials: Paper, crayons
Suggested Book: Me Too!
Goal: Helping others and sharing.
Activity: Have children draw a picture of themselves sharing with a friend or family member. You can use these drawings as part of a themed bulletin board on sharing.
Materials: Large paper, paint or crayons
Suggested Book: Clifford at the Circus
Goal: Working together.
Activity: Have children work together to make one large picture of the circus. Guide the group in giving each child a chance to add his or her own ideas. You may choose to limit the amount of paint or crayons that are available so children have to take turns.
Circle Time Activities and Games
Suggested Book: Me Too!
Goal: Taking turns, sharing, helping others, perspective-taking.
Activity: Assign each child a partner. Instruct the partners to face each other. One partner mirrors the other’s movements. When the first child waves, the second child waves. When the first child touches her ears, the second child touches her ears. After a short time, switch partners.
Discussion: Each time little sister said, “Me too!” her big brother had to decide whether to let her do what he was doing. Did he want to let her play with him? Why did he let her play with him? How would little sister have felt if her big brother said no? Is it important to share? Why do you think it is (or isn’t) important to share?
Play-dough Care and Share
Materials: Play-dough, cookie cutters and/or play-dough tools.
Suggested Book: Llama Llama Time to Share
Goal: Taking turns, waiting for a turn, sharing.
Activity: Children share play-dough and play-dough tools.
Discussion: Discuss how sharing shows we care about the people we are sharing with. Llama Llama showed he cared for Nelly Gnu by trusting her with his most prized possession, Fuzzy Llama.
Materials: Parachute or large sheet, ball or balloon
Suggested Book:Clifford at the Circus
Activity: Lay the parachute on the floor and have children stand, spaced evenly, around it. Children grab the edges of the parachute with both hands and lift. Practice lifting and lowering the parachute together. When you feel the children are ready, place a ball in the center of the parachute. Show the children how to work together to bounce the ball on the parachute. See how long they can keep the ball bouncing without it falling off. Add additional balls or balloons for additional challenge and fun.
Discussion: Talk about how the children need each other to make the ball bounce just like the people at the circus needed Clifford and Emiliy’s help.
Materials: Beanbags, basket, Bean Bag Fun CD (ISBN-13: 978-0-9371-2494-9)
Suggested Book:Clifford’s Manners
Goal: Taking turns, being polite.
Activity #1: Children sit in a circle. Give a beanbag to one of the children. Ask the child, “What is something you could share with a friend?” After the child answers the question, he or she passes or tosses the beanbag to another child. Play until every child has a turn.
Activity #2: Children take turns tossing beanbags into a basket.
Activity #3: Musical Bean Bags (passing game) or Beanie’s Song (partner toss & catch) from Bean Bag Fun CD
Discussion: While children are taking turns in these activities, encourage them to use good manners like Clifford and say, “Please” and “Thank you.” Talk about how they are sharing the bean bags like Clifford shared his toys with his friends.
Tell a Story
Materials: Ball of yarn
Goal: Taking turns, decision-making.
Suggested Book: Any book on sharing could be read. This time, the children are creating their own story.
Activity: Sit in a circle. Invite children to create a story together. Brainstorm ideas with the children about how to start the story and have them choose one. This, in itself, can be a good lesson in cooperation and compromise. Holding the ball of yarn, tell the story’s beginning and add a line of what happens next. Roll the ball to a child across the circle. Each child adds an additional line to the story. If children have difficulty coming up with an idea, use question prompts: How could he help? Who could help her? How did he feel? Where could she go? What did he want to do?
Suggested Book: It’s Mine!
Goal: To discuss real life situations where children are required to share, cooperative, play fair, and participate.
Consider one or more of the following questions to start discussion or introduce specific situations that the children can identify with.
– Name something you might not want to share. What could you do to make it easier? What could you do if someone asked to borrow/play with that item?
– Name a time when you might have to work together to get something done. Is it ever difficult to work together? What could you do if someone in the group didn’t want to help?Discussion: When discussing solutions to conflict, the children might suggest “telling the teacher or an adult.” Talk with them about how they might be able to solve the conflict on their own. Once children have listed several ideas, choose a few for them to act out.
The Friendly Ladybug
Suggested Book:The Grouchy Ladybug
Goal: Conflict resolution.
Read the story The Grouchy Ladybug. Talk with the children about how the Friendly Ladybug might have felt at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book. Use the book to introduce a discussion about how to respond when others don’t want to share or cooperate with us. Role play some of the solutions the children suggest.
The Perfect Carrot
Materials: Carrot tops, dirt, cups, spoons, cleaning supplies
Suggested Book: Curious George and the Perfect Carrot
Goal: Giving to help others.
Activity #1: Assign each child a partner. Have each pair plant a carrot top and care for their carrot.
Discussion: Talk about what carrots need to grow and how to know when their carrot is ready to be harvested. Talk about what rabbits eat. Have a carrot snack or make some carrot muffins using the recipe in the book.
Materials: Snack that the children can share
Suggested Book: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
Activity: Assign each child a partner and have them serve each other a snack or assign each child a role such as setting out napkins or cups or serving the snack to their table.
Discussion: Talk about how we need to share with everyone. How would they feel if everyone else got a snack and they didn’t? If you choose a snack that needs to be portioned out, such as cookies or trail mix, talk about how to portion the snack fairly.
Raffi. The Sharing Song. The Singable Songs Collection
Mary Rice Hopkins. Sharing Comes ‘Round Again. 15 Singable Songs For The Young At Heart
Lefty Magee. The Sharing Song. The Tissue Issue
Fisher-Price. The Sharing Song. Songs About Friendship
Leeny and Tamara. Taking Turns. Sharing the Same Stars
Greg & Steve. Friends. On the Move
Raffi. The More We Get Together. Singable Songs For The Very Young
Laurie Berkner. The More We Get Together. Buzz Buzz