This simple activity takes a little bit of creativity on your part and some critical thinking on the part of the kids. I like to do this every few weeks or so and the kids love it. This activity takes a few seconds to set up and kids can participate as much or as little as they like, with little to no guidance.
Set Up Think of a theme. It could be something simple like, things that start with the letter “C”. Or Things that smell good. The photo to the right shows the tray I put out for space week. The items on the tray are:
Fuse bead star
Bill Bye the Science guy - Gravity Episode
Play-doh with universe stickers on one outside
How To I put the tray out before the kids arrive and leave it out during snack and homework/academic time (about 40 minutes). This allows children time to discover the activity on their own, and to participate if they choose to do so. I leave small pieces of paper next to the tray for kids to write down their ideas. Some kids prefer writing it down to saying it out loud. The game continues until someone get the theme correct.
Here are a few other examples:
Items paper bag play dough plate paint pencil Popsicle sticks
Theme: Things that start with the letter "P"
Items Ruler Timer Change Die Calculator Protractor
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