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
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 boardsgalore.com