Friday, August 10, 2012

Packing Peanut Fun

Sometimes you just need to let them make messes.  Big ones.

These are packing peanuts, and yes, they are scooping them with a dustpan & a snow shovel.  They also wallowed in them in the box, threw them in the air like snow, dissolved them in water, pretended the box was a boat, colored the "boat" with markers, picked up the packing peanuts and dumped them out again...  It was all great fun and it was completely harmless.

This is a good way to teach consequences too.  That momentary thrill they feel when they dump out a box full of packing peanuts compared with the boredom and hard work that they feel for a much longer time while they pick up every single one and put it BACK in the box.  Yes, this will be useful in one of my Building Character lessons.  :)

Happy Friday!

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