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Kids Play: Circle Time, Version 2

As I mentioned before, my 3-year-old daughter is obsessed with role-playing her preschool’s circle time. She says circle time is her favorite part of the day. Based on the few times I’ve seen her at circle time, I’d say she means it! Lately she’s been setting her toys up on the recliner in our toy room for their own circle time.

Once they are all set up, she reads/sings them “We All Sing with the Same Voice” from her “The Cat in the Hat” book.

If I want Lily to clean the playroom, I tell her to put her toys in circle time and she arranges them exactly like this. Every toy has its own exact spot in the “circle”.

I’ve found it’s better to have my recliner as a toy shelf than an open chair. If we put the toys away where they technically belong, when it’s time to play again she trashes the place looking for all the right potato head pieces and “Toy Story Friends”. If they are all out on the chair, she has less to search for, destroy or put together (all the potato heads are assembled exactly the same way every time. Taking them apart just leads to chaos.). It’s still a mess, but it’s a slightly more contained mess. Sort of.

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