This post from February seemed perfect for the nasty weather we have today.
Have a great weekend and remember a new post will be up Monday!
- Gather your materials. I used soft blocks with my 15 month old because they are easy to grab but don’t roll away. With little guys, rolling balls can be frustrating if they roll away as they are trying to make a basket. Bean Bags are great for this too!
- Get something to be the basket, I am using a small clean garbage can because my son has a slight obsession and he was in heaven. Also, it’s light and easy to handle. Laundry baskets, buckets and even just a target on the floor works too.
- Start playing. With little guys simply fill and spill, while they are handling a certain color label it for them, encourage them, and toss some in yourself! Practice taking turns, as it’s a great side lesson.
- For older children the sky is the limit, You can ask them to pop in a certain color, or even give them riddles to figure out. Like “can you throw the bean bag that is the same color as mommy’s shirt?” Also you can grab a tape measure and see if you can make a basket at 1 foot away, 2 feet away…3 feet away! Or even just see who can make the most baskets in a row!
** Block basketball is a great group activity, although I would not throw the blocks or bean bags at circle time. You can have the children take the colors out, or put them in and identify them as they do. You can also use other objects that follow your curriculum such as different models of sea life or shapes! The sky is the limit and kids love this type of activity so much they forget they are learning! **
Want more preschool lesson plans and circle time activities? Our Build Preschool Thematic Units have tons of great ideas!