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By Nina Filipek — Freelance education writer and supply teacher, and
Sarah Woods — Assistant Editor Child Education PLUS

Are you stuck for an idea? Here are some ideas to try out in your classroom. Whether you are looking for a circle time starter or a pre-assembly activity, you’re bound to find an idea to try out.

Stuck for an idea?
  • Get children to practise saying their times tables when they are lining up to go into the dinner hall. It helps keep everyone in check and considerably reduces chatter!
  • Play soothing classical or easy-listening music in the background when the children are practising their handwriting. It will help them focus on the task and concentrate for a longer period.
  • Make up a grid of squares on your whiteboard and play a version of ‘connect four’ by filling in four connecting squares in a line (across, down or diagonally). Play as a team game to develop thinking skills and collaboration within the group.
  • Take close-up photographs of different objects or surfaces found in the classroom. Display the image on the whiteboard and invite children to identify the object and the material.
  • Write a selection of words on the board with ‘prices’ alongside. Divide the class into teams and challenge them to ‘buy’ words from you in order to make sentences. Give them a set amount of money to spend on words!
  • Ask children to reply when they hear their name called on the register by clapping out the syllables. For example, Bethany would be three claps: Beth/a/ny.
  • Take digital photos of each child in your class and then print them out and laminate them. Help the children to cut them into several pieces to make a jigsaw. These make unique and inexpensive presents for the children to give at Christmas.
  • Show the children an object that they may not be familiar with, for example, a pastry brush. Pass it around the group, asking the children what they think it could be used for. Encourage a creative response, such as a broomstick for a miniature witch!
  • Display ten pictures of people and give children a list of ten professions or facts that could relate to them (for example, a doctor, grandma, scared of flying). Ask the children to match a label to each picture. This can be a fun game and is a great way to challenge stereotypes.
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  1. emilyelizabeth
    on 23 September 2011

    great ideas

    I will definitely use some of these ideas. Do you know any websites with a collection of soothing classical or easy-listening tunes on for free easy access in the classroom? Guess I could always go ‘old school’ and buy a CD!