Activities > Fab 5 November 2013
November 2013 Fab 5’s
1 Hair Gel in a Baggie
Fill a baggie with extra think hair gel (think Dippity Doo), add colored beads or other toy trickets to extend the play. Seal with packing tape.
2 Tickly Toes
Let children paint the bottom of another child's foot with a paint brush and washable paint. Make foot prints. Scared of the mess? Use a paint brush and water. It's still tickly fun!
3 Salt Shapes
Line the bottom of a shallow box with aluminum foil; cover it with a layer of salt. Show the children how to make shapes or letters with their pointer finger and reveal the shiny foil!
4 Sensory Words
Collect sensory items for a guessing game. Try to have a variety of soft, rough, bumpy, fuzzy, squishy, furry, and other sensory objects available. You provide the descriptive word and let the child find the match with or without a blindfold.
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Outdoor Play in a Pinch
Create an outdoor music set in 5 minutes. Fill a bag with rhythm instruments, scarves or crepe paper streamers. Bring out a CD player or just dance to the sound of the wind!
2 Outdoor Theater
Fill a bag with storytelling puppets. Shakespeare tells us "All the World's a Stage," so why not use outdoors to stage a puppet show?
3 Action Packed Stories
Read Caps for Sale or another story that takes place outside. After the story, let the children act it out using found props.
4 Hoop De Doo
Scatter different colored plastic hoops around the play yard. Tell the children there's one rule. Everybody has to be in a hoop when you shout "Hoop De Doo!". Use these directions: go to the blue hoop, be in a hoop with another person, crouch down in a hoop, hold the hoop over your head, etc.
5 Crossing the River
Use jump ropes outside in imaginative ways. Put 2 ropes parallel to each other about 12 inches apart. Tell the children that they need to find a way to cross the "river" without getting wet. Can they use found objects to make a bridge?
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Way to Get Through a Stressful Day
Tell silly jokes at circle time or better yet, let your students tell their silly jokes.
Slow and steady breathing is anxiety-relieving! Inhale through your nose for a count of four, and then exhale with your mouth closed for a count of four. Repeat.
3 Secret Strategy
Do you have an image that's guaranteed to make you smile? A favorite pet picture, a beautiful sunset, your wedding day picture? Find a secret or not so secret place to post it--as a screen saver, inside a cabinet door, inside cover of your plan book or another special place.
4 Nurture Nature
Nurture nature and it will nurture you back. Open the window, breathe in some fresh air, stare at a tree for 60 seconds, think about what a squirrel might be doing right this second.
5 Relaxation Toys for Grown Ups, too!
We love Tangles, Friends Skishie and Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty.
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