playtime is impossible or tension and energy levels strongly suggest
diversion, perhaps these activities could be inserted into a schedule
at the last minute.
Lets Face It--who can make the funniest face.
Passing The Storyline--pass a bean bag, making on the spot story additions.
Quick Change--make three changes, guess what they are.
A Long Picture--music and a roll of paper.
Nickel Nose--place a nickel on nose, winkle to get off, don't move
Nose Book--trace each other noses and do pictures of thing you do
Marble Raceway--toilet rolls and tape on wall to make marble runways.
Milk Jar Doll House
Need: Plastic milk jar (jug), craft knife, construction paper, paint.
Cut out 3 1/2 inch square door in one of the containers sides
(Teacher). Cut out windows if desired.
Glue construction paper roof shingles around the top of the jug. For
a chimney, use black marker to draw rows of bricks on a strip of red
construction paper. Wrap paper or paint around the door opening. Tuff
a puff of cotton "smoke" into the sprout.
Add paper window boxes with cut out flowers from the construction
paper. Color or add material to cover floor. Then let the children
use their imaginations with dolls, furniture, magazine cut outs and
This is a good rainy day activity. Have fun.
Contributed By: Ardina
Note: If you covered the milk jug in brown construction paper and
made the top of the door curved it would look like a hobbit house.
A Surprise Inside
Fill one lunch bag for every child with various items from your art
cupboard. This is a good way to use up those odds and ends. Here are
some examples of things to include in your surprise bag: googly eyes
scraps of material gummed paper stickers pipe cleaner cotton balls
Just check out your cupboards and see what you got. Provide the
children with glue, scissors and crayons, you'll be amazed at what
they can make.
Need: flavored gelatin, water, magazines.
1 teaspoon flavored gelatin
2 teaspoons boiling water
With this solution, you can turn magazine pictures, wrapping paper,
or comic book cutouts into customized stickers.
Place gelatin and boiling water in a small bowl. Stir until the
gelatin is dissolved. Let the mixture cool. About one minute. Brush a
thin coat of warm sticker solution on the back of each picture cut
out. Use a small brush. When dry you can lick the stickers and stick
them on paper or glass. Works just like a real stamp!
Rolled Paper Beads
Need: Decorative paper or colored newspaper comics, pencil, ruler,
scissors, glue, yarn.
For each bead cut a strip of paper measuring 1/2 x 12in(4x30cm). The
paper needs to be wider at one end. Cut the paper strips into long
skinny triangle shapes. With one end measuring 1/4 in (1cm) and the
other end measuring 11/2 in (4cm).
Take a pencil. Wrap the wider end of a paper strip around it. Dab a
little glue on the end of the strip and carefully roll the paper
around the pencil to make a tubular bead. Glue the narrow end of the
strip around the bead. Allow to dry, and slip it off the pencil.
After gluing you may want to carefully slip the paper bead off the
pencil to dry. Children use lots of glue and the bead could get glued
to the pencil.
Repeat the process with the remaining strips to form more beads and
when you have enough, string them onto a length of yarn to make a
bracelet or a necklace.
Need: Food coloring or paint, paper plate or construction paper,
Put drops of paint or food coloring on paper (don't mix). Put outside
and let the rain do the rest. It might not take very long so watch it
carefully. Then bring it inside to dry.
Children sit in a circle with a solemn expression. One child is
"it" and suddenly bursts out laughing. He stops, wipes the
smile off his face and tosses it to another, calling that person by
name, who in turn bursts out laughing. Any player who laughs when
he/she is not "it" drops out of the game. The play
continues until only one person is left; he/she is the winner!
Supplied with a marshmallow, each group of children will use a
variety of objects to move a marshmallow through an obstacle course .
Need: One large marshmallow for each group ( the remainder of the bag
may be used as prizes). Each group will also need 1 teaspoon, 1
straw, 1 toothpick, 1 kleenex tissue, a pencil, 12 inches of string,
1 piece of 6" x 6" paper, 1 ruler, and a can with the top off.
The children assemble into different groups. One person from each
group gets the groups supplies.
Now, given time to think, each member of the group is to choose one
item that will help only them move the marshmallow.
Each time the marshmallow is moved, it must be moved by a different
member. If there are not enough members, then some children may have
For each obstacle they are successful at they will receive two free
marshmallows! If they drop the marshmallow, that movement is unsuccessful.
The marshmallow itself must never be touched by hand.
They will have 20 minutes.
The movements for the marshmallow are these:
1. from the supply table to the groups work area.
2. into a can.
3. out of the can onto their work area.
4. over a 12 inch space.
5. from desktop to floor.
6. from floor to desktop.
7. delivered back to the supply table.
Praise their imaginations and efforts.