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April 21, 2015

Fun Friday Surprise: the Activity is the Prize!

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    To celebrate all of our hard work during the week, we reserve Fridays for fun. To that end, I usually have a planned activity for the kids on Friday afternoons. Past activities have included a movie with popcorn, outside recess, music and painting, and free choice. But it’s spring now, the end of the year is fast approaching, and we are all antsy. I wanted to try a different approach to our Fun Friday. I found a bunch of toy capsules (a childhood favorite) and filled each one with a strip of paper naming a different activity. I put them all in a bin, and every Friday each student gets to pick a capsule. They love opening them up and seeing which fun activity they've "won." Nobody has argued about what they get to do.

    Here are a few that I've used, but ideas for fun activities are limited only by your imagination.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    To celebrate all of our hard work during the week, we reserve Fridays for fun. To that end, I usually have a planned activity for the kids on Friday afternoons. Past activities have included a movie with popcorn, outside recess, music and painting, and free choice. But it’s spring now, the end of the year is fast approaching, and we are all antsy. I wanted to try a different approach to our Fun Friday. I found a bunch of toy capsules (a childhood favorite) and filled each one with a strip of paper naming a different activity. I put them all in a bin, and every Friday each student gets to pick a capsule. They love opening them up and seeing which fun activity they've "won." Nobody has argued about what they get to do.

    Here are a few that I've used, but ideas for fun activities are limited only by your imagination.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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