The leaves have fallen, the temperature is dropping, and soon there may be snow. This is a time of the year the kids look forward to each year. Use their seasonal enthusiasm during circle time. Try these winter preschool songs and activities for circle time with the kids.
Winter Circle Time Ideas
Try these songs, activities, and read-alouds to warm up your winter circle times with preschoolers.
Winter Circle Time Songs
Winter Months of the Year Songs
I created some fun months of the year literacy songs with activities to sing with the kids during your winter circle time. And, you can download them for free!
- “December Doodle”- is easily adapted to work on letter recognition, sight word practice, or just about any preschool literacy concept
- “Hello January”- can be used to work on air drawing the letter “J”
- “This February”- builds letter or name recognition
More Winter Songs
Teaching Mama has some more fun winter songs to sing with the kids. See them—>More Winter Songs
Winter Circle Time Activities
Build letter sound awareness with this easy to prep mystery mitten activity. It also pairs great with a read aloud of The Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone or The Mitten by Jan Brett.
Work on identifying rhyming pairs of words. Rhyming Mittens builds phonological awareness and can also double as a center activity.
Winter Books Great for Circle Time
All books are not equal when it comes to a good circle time read. You want short books, books that engage kids, and illustrations that a large group can see. Here are a few of my favorite picks for winter circle time read-alouds.
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic. How many animals can fit inside one mitten? You can even print out a set of mittens and animals from Brett’s site. A great choice to pair with a fannel board activity.
Enjoy a cumulative variation of I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly in There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!by Lucille Colandro.
Preschoolers love the Bear books. In Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Bear has snuggled in for his winter hibernation. The other animals come to his den and prepare a party, but when Bear wakes up, he realizes he doesn’t have anything to bring to the get-together. A good book to discuss hibernation.
Snuggle in with some literacy-rich activities with these winter preschool songs, games, and books.
You will also want to add these great songs that build literacy skill all school year.