Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Wienermobile

If I could go back 50-60 years, I think I would ask Mr. Oscar Mayer (or whoever began the company) to please reconsider naming his hot dog creation-- the wiener. And more pointedly, not having a contraption called the wienermobile. 
The Wienermobile, the one and only by the way, came by the Richmond Hill Kroger this week. Of course the kids wanted to go see it.
This begun an entire day of wiener jokes. "Can I touch your wiener?" was probably the most embarrassing, as it was asked of the Oscar Mayer representative who was standing by the wienermobile giving out stickers and coupons.

But seriously. If you're going to have a food called a wiener, drive a mini-coop shaped like a wiener, give out stickers that say something about seeing the you really need to also give out silly bands shaped like a wienermobile and whistles shaped like a wienermobile??
Bright side: lots of laughter, smiles, jokes and family fun--albeit not the cleanest of fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Kid's Activity that's Fun, Safe and Sterile!

For this post, I am removing the hat of "mom" and putting on the hat of "music teacher". 
This classroom activity worked so well, I just had to share it.

My classes of Kindergarteners, First Graders and Second Graders, can sometimes be a little...rowdy. They really need to expend energy when they come to music class. And sometimes they can't keep their hands to themselves. So I usually have them marching around the classroom or moving to music in other ways, but even then they struggle to keep their hands to themselves.

Enter the Kleenex. 

Each student took 2 tissues, one in each hand, I turned on some awesome music and we moved to music--safely and fun-ly. (Is that even a word?)  The kids loved it. It was very similar to using scarves, but the tissues were disposable. (Can I get an Amen from all the teachers who bathe in hand sanitizer everyday?)

The biggest plus-es were:
1. keeps both hands busy
2. if they do try to hit each other with them...they don't hurt!
3. easy clean up
4. sterile

There were so many things that they discovered and learned with the tissues, I could go on and on....maybe another time.

So next time you have a group of little guys that need to get some wiggles out and keep their hands to themselves, grab a box of Puffs and go to it!
*one of my favorite classroom bulletin boards I copied from one on