The first days of school are awesome, but they can be so long for little ones! Their attention spans are short, and their energy levels are high! I created Welcome Wigglers for active learners during Back to School! This set includes 7 activities for gross and fine motor movement, plus FUN printables for cool down activities! There is very little prep for teachers so you can concentrate on the other important tasks you need to complete the first week of school! Every activity comes with a teacher guide. Here are the activities:
Behavior Fun Freeze
This is a new edition of FREEZE, which has been featured on the TPT Top Resources List! When you play music, the children trade behavior cards. Every card has words and a matching picture. When the kiddos trade they must say if the behavior is okay for school or not okay for school. When you stop the music, the children FREEZE and you pick a Who Has Card! The child holding the matching card wins, and you can talk about why the behavior is important or what should behavior could be done instead! This is sure to be a class FAVORITE all year!
Do Teachers FIB?!
This game comes with editable teacher fact and FIB cards. You read “facts” about yourself aloud, and the kiddos move to the “TRUE” or “FIB” sign in the classroom. Your kids will love learning fun facts about you while they move in a meaningful way.
These movement cards teach kiddos about school. There is a matching movement or exercise for each card. You can use them when you have a few minutes to fill or when the kids start getting ants in their pants!
This fun dance game challenges kiddos to identify what behaviors are okay for the bathroom. The teacher reads a behavior (don’t worry- the list is already made for you) and the kids decide if that would be a good choice. If it is, they do “the robot” for ten seconds. If not, they do the “robot shut down” and sit down for ten seconds.
This fun small motor activity is perfect for busy hands. There are sculpture cards included that show different school objects to mold. Give each kiddo or each pair some fun dough. Pull one of the school cards out and give the kiddos 1-2 minutes to create the object with their dough!
Cut, Glue, and Listen Too!
This small motor activity will keep hands and ears busy. Kiddos follow directions as they practice learning about cutting and gluing in your classroom! This activity is designed to help you teach classroom routines and expectations in a hands-on way!
School Scavenger Hunt
Tour the school with your class as they look for different objects around the school! There is a unique recording sheet for children to color the different things they can find around your school! This is a great way to move and practice expectations in the hall!
There are multiple no prep printables included that you can use as cool down activities or during the start of the school year. They would make great displays or articles for student portfolios!
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If you’ve got a class full of busy bees, you will also love these products to get kids moving and learning:
Phonics FREEZE Endless Bundle
Math Fun https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spin-Spell-and-MOVE-ENDLESS-BUNDLE-3114427FREEZE Endless Bundle
Spin Spell and MOVE Endless Bundle
Phonics Charades Activity Bundle
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