Monday, March 1
I made some beanbags (yes, another item from the never ending to-do list). These beanbags are filled with rice and my favorites are the ones made with flannel because they are so soft. We have used them a few times for our "circle" time and my daughters loved it. Beanbags are such a great sensory experience. The weight of the beanbag in the hand, the feel of the fabric, the movement and the sound of the contents inside. They are great for throwing and catching because they don't roll (or bounce) all over the place inside the house.
The first game we played with the beanbags was jumping over "the candlestick". I started with one beanbag and we took turns jumping over it while repeating:
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, ______ (child's name) jump over the candlestick!
We then added a beanbag each time making it higher and higher.
Another game was balancing the beanbag on the hand (head, elbow, or back) and walking in a circle while reciting:
There was a man in our town
Who went for a walk one day
But the wind blew so hard (make blowing sound)
He turned around and walked the other way. (Turn and change direction)
Lots of fun! I am working on a download for all the games we play (playsilks, beanbag, rhythm sticks, etc.) If you have circle games to add, share them in the comments and I will add them to the download.