This is about a desperate need. During the second hour of nursery we have three stations that last about 10 minutes each, and we rotate three evenly numbered groups among them: lesson, activity, snack. Everyone loves snack, it's no problem. Lesson is pretty good with the new manual.
Activity. Please help. The lesson manual usually has coloring pages but honestly the kids get tired of coloring, and if they're bored it doesn't take the 10 minutes. So we tried branching out last week, and not doing something necessarily related to the lesson. We made macaroni necklaces* and they loved it. Even kids who are usually bouncing off the walls sat still and concentrated on what they were doing for a few minutes. Please help. Today I got Mom over and we brainstormed a little on other arts & crafts we can do, and we did come up with a few ideas. But I figured if two of us came up with a few, all of us can come up with a lot, especially since there seem to be several moms and ex-nursery workers out there! Please help.
- Something a young 2-year-old can do at least partially by himself. For each 10-minute period there are 5 to 8 kids (age 18-47 months) and 2 adults so it has to be supervisable with that ratio.
- Take a group like this about 8 to 10 minutes to complete, and it has to take up the whole 8 to 10 minutes.
- No glitter or paint or anything else too messy. They are all wearing their best clothes. Minimal glue or other things the adults have to do.
- Cheap enough so about 25 can be made for less than $10, preferably much less.
- Either fun to make or motivating to have the finished product. Please help.
- Nice to make something to take home but don't have to every time.
- Bonus is relating to a gospel topic or particular lesson, but I don't expect it every time
Here's what we came up with:
- Egg carton caterpillars
- Cotton batting circles on paper snowmen
- Leaf activities (rubbings, headbands, possibly laminatable placemats)
- Hand tracings are turkeys
- Paper or plastic cup bells
- Paper plate shakers full of beans
- Popsicle stick puppets
- Paper bag puppets
- Paper airplanes - decorate, fold and fly
- Spiral paper plate snakes - color paper plate, cut in a spiral, hold one end up and it falls in a descending spiral
*How to make a macaroni necklace: Cut long pieces of yarn. Tie a wooden bead on one end. Dip the other end in glue up to a few inches so it will be stiff. Let dry on wax paper. Decorate large rotini pasta with glitter glue and allow to dry on wax paper. Give a handful of pasta and one string to each kid. Rotini is so big that almost every kid could string them themselves with the stiffened yarn.