1 Picture This!
Place interesting pictures at the eye level of the children wherever they might be gathered in between activities. If they line up to go outside – have pictures for them to look at as they’re in line. Change the pictures often.
2 Riddle Me This
Introduce children to the language of riddles and make them up on the spot. "I'm soft and furry. I say meow. What am I?" "I'm in our classroom. I tell the time. What am I?"
3 Pocket Apron Magic
Have a pocket apron handy to put on in a pinch. Make sure the pockets are filled with little surprises. Have children count to 5 and then pull something out and have them name it (i.e. big round button - when they shout "button" expand their vocabulary by saying, "yes, it’s a BIG, round button.")
Yes, you read this right. It’s time you learned to play the kazoo! If you can hum a tune, you can play. When it’s time to change activities, start humming a familiar tune into the kazoo. You’ll get their attention and you can announce the next activity.
5 Bubble Pop
This will help bring children in from playing outside. Have a jar of bubbles ready to go. Call a few names at a time and say, "Alex, Dan, Mary, and Ashley- Pop these bubbles before I count to 5!"