Take two sheets of bubble-wrap and sprinkle sand, glitter or coloured paper in between. Lay them between two sheets of greaseproof paper and fuse them together with a hot iron. The result is a fun material with many creative uses.
Tick the box
Encourage children to take responsibility for their own work by using laminated checklists of their names. These are particularly useful if children have to complete several different activities. After completing each task, they tick their names with a non-permanent marker. Infants love pretending to be teacher and marking with a tick.
When introducing a new area of numeracy, print key facts clearly in big letters to hang on a washing line or stick on the wall while you discuss their meaning. This consolidates the ideas and, because you have put them up during the explanation, chidren will refer to them throughout the lesson and the week.
Make individual whiteboards by laminating sheets of A4 paper, cutting up J-cloths for wipers, and arming each child with a whiteboard pen. Children love "show me the answer" activities. You can pre-mark the paper before laminating.
Have a "treat box" in class. Wrap small items (pencil sharpeners, rubbers, etc) in pretty paper and tie with ribbon. If a child produces excellent work or behaves exceptionally well, let them choose a parcel. Children love it, and work towards getting a treat.
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