#### Space Activities for Kindergarten

I think all kids have a natural curiosity about space and astronauts…and if there’s ice cream involved then I guarantee you will have their full attention.   Being Canadian, I am a huge fan of Chris Hadfield and thoroughly enjoy his posts online about life in space.  All space activities for kindergarten tend to be a hit and this is one of only a few lessons that I have repeated every year! I had a student get dressed in the hall into the astronaut suit and then come in as our ‘guest speaker.’  We discussed her/his suit, how heavy it is...

#### Easy Homemade Drums for Kids

120 homemade drums in one day?  Why not? This  I gave each student a styrofoam cup and some wax paper.  They were given markers, stickers etc. to create their drum in any way they choose.  We secured wax paper on top with an elastic.  Once everyone was done, we practiced with our drums together and experimented with the different sounds that we could create.

#### Kindergarten Math Activities

Need quick, fun, and hands-on kindergarten math activities?  Try this!  I handed out small baggies with 10 goldfish crackers in each back.  (I made one bag for each student.) We first counted how many fish everyone had and made sure that we all had 10.  We then lined up our crackers and we followed along together as each of our fish went on an adventure. We ate a cracker each time one of the fish left and then recounted our fish.  It was a fun little math activity that kept students engaged – especially since Goldfish crackers are always a favourite. As...

#### We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt!  After reading the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, by Michael Rosen, we discussed the different areas the hunt took them through (ie. the mud, forest).  I then put students into small groups.  Each group was assigned one of the different areas form the book to create a small setting for.  For example, the group responsible for the mud painted their page in brown paint that had sand mixed in.  This gave it the look of mud. The following day, I laid out the props they created and we walked through the school and through the different...

#### Random Acts of Kindness for Kids

This activity is really simple and easy to do, but that’s what I love about it.   I think the idea of kids spreading inspiration, building each other up and getting in the habit of doing random acts of kindness is very important.  I gave my group of grade 4’s the job of coming up with a few inspirational quotes.  They used these quotes to write and decorate on our tarmac area outside.  Although I used it at school, it would be a great activity to do to show gratitude and send positive messages outside of a school setting.  Writing positive...

#### Mental Health Lessons for Kids

We all need a reminder of the important things in life sometimes.  I started with a large clear jar and enough Styrofoam balls to fill it.  As I put them in, I told students that they represented the big things in their lives, like their family and close friends, their health and well being.  I then asked them if the jar was full (“yes”).