Simple read-aloud circle time tip for preschool

Simple read-aloud circle time tip for preschool

I have written several posts about reading aloud to preschoolers and this is a little tip you might like to use for one or more of your read-aloud opportunities…

Whenever possible, I like to collect the characters of popular children’s books like “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans and “Arthur” by Marc Brown.

When I go to read the story to the children, I bring the little doll or stuffed toy with me and introduce it to the children along with the title of the book, author, and illustrator.

Before starting to read the book, I hand the story book character to a child in the circle. The children are told that each time I turn the page in the book – they are to hand the character off to the person beside them.

If I don’t have the specific character, then I select other stuffed animals or even toys for the children to pass around. For example, if the book is about a car – we just pass around a toy car!

For preschoolers that need that little extra help to sit in a circle time and listen to the book, this sometimes is just enough encouragement to do so. The preschoolers really like getting their turn to hold the character.

Here is another Read-Aloud Tip that I recently wrote!


  • Pam Posted September 8, 2010 8:46 am

    I love it when I have a character to go along with a book! The kids are always so excited…kind of brings it to life! (Kohl’s and Borders Bookstore are the two places I have found the most characters to go along with books)…our favorite is Elmer the Elephant…although I think I may have to go find Max and the wild things now! 🙂

  • Miller Moments Posted September 8, 2010 10:10 am

    Wonderful idea!

  • Cathy @ NurtureStore Posted September 8, 2010 4:37 pm

    Such a simple idea but it can transform story time. And I love your Wild Things!

  • Mel @BrainBabyUK Posted September 9, 2010 3:46 am

    I recently discovered your blog and now I can’t stop coming back! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and with all the pictures too. So cute and good educational methods too.

  • Tami Posted September 13, 2010 10:32 pm

    A great way to transform book time. It will help with keeping the intrest of the children while your reading a book. Next time I’m at Kohls I’ll be collecting those props.

  • Leslie Posted September 16, 2010 10:58 pm

    I did this for the first time with my Pre-K class; since it was the first time we did a little pre-teaching before we started–but it was a lot of fun! Definitely a a keeper!

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  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted September 17, 2010 1:02 am

    That’s awesome – I love it when others try out ideas! I am glad it is a keeper!

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