Getting to Know You Activity
Purpose of Activity: This circle time activity is designed to help early years children explore their identities and foster a sense of belonging within the group. It promotes sharing, self-expression, and understanding of peers' interests.
- Begin by sitting in a circle with the children, ensuring everyone has a comfortable space.
- Introduce the "speaking object," which can be a soft toy or a decorative object. Explain that whoever holds the object has the opportunity to speak.
- Start with yourself as the teacher. Hold the speaking object and say, "My name is [insert your name] and I like to [insert a simple activity, e.g., read, draw, dance]."
- Pass the speaking object to the child sitting next to you, encouraging them to complete the same sentence: "My name is [insert their name] and I like to [insert an activity]."
- Continue passing the object around the circle, allowing each child to introduce themselves and share their favourite activity.
- If a child is shy or hesitant, offer support by discussing the activity beforehand or providing a picture of their favourite activity that they can show to the group. They can say, "I would like to [insert activity]" if they prefer.
- How did it feel to share your name and favourite activity with the group?
- Did you discover any common interests with your peers during this activity?
- Why is it important to learn about each other's likes and interests?
- How can knowing more about your friends help us play and learn together?
Circle Time Tips:
- Be patient and provide a comfortable, non-judgmental environment.
- Encourage active listening by reminding children to pay attention when others are speaking.
- Celebrate each child's contribution and interests.
- Use this activity periodically to reinforce a sense of community and friendship in the classroom.