Here is a great warm up or cool down activity that you can do with your kids, called the "Life with the Wright Family." If you remember we played this activity at the OCAA Team Day on November 17 on Behavior Management.
To start the game, have all the children sit in a circle on the floor. You can use candy or some other items like tennis balls, but you will need one for every child that is participating in the activity. Hand out the item (if you are using candy, make sure they do not eat it) and then explain that the point of the game is to listen carefully. You are going to share a story called "The Life of the Wright Family" and in the story there are times that you will say the words left and right. As you read the story, they will have to pass the item in the direction of the word you say. Tell them that you will start when the group is quiet. Once you have finished the story, you can let the children have the candy to eat or take home. If you try this activity, let us know how it goes and reply back to this post. Thanks and enjoy!
You will find the story below:
LIFE WITH THE WRIGHT FAMILY
One day the Wright family decided to take a vacation. The first thing they had to decide was who would be left at home since there was not enough room in the Wright family car for all of them. Mr. Wright decided that Aunt Linda Wright would be the one left at home. Of course this made Aunt Linda Wright so mad that she left the house immediately yelling “It will be a right cold day before I return.”
The Wright family now bundled up the children, Tommy Wright, Susan Wright, Timmy Wright and Shelly Wright and got in the car and left. Unfortunately as they turned out of the driveway someone had left a trash can in the street so they had to turn right around and stop the car. They told Tommy Wright to get out of the car and move the trash can so they could get going. Tommy took so long that they almost left him in the street. Once the Wright family got on the road, Mother Wright wondered if she lad left the stove on. Father Wright told her not to worry he had checked the stove and she had not left it on. As they turned right at the corner, everyone started to think about other things that they might have left undone.
No need to worry now, they were off on a right fine vacation, When they arrived at the gas station, Father Wright put gas in the car and then discovered that he had left his wallet at home. So Timmy Wright ran home to get the money that was left behind. After Timmy had left, Susan Wright started to feel sick. She left the car saying that she had to throw up. This of course got Mother Wright’s attention and she left the car in a hurry. Shelly Wright wanted to watch Susan get sick so she left the car too. Father Wright was left with Tommy Wright who was playing a game in the backseat.
With all of this going on, Father Wright decided that this was not the right time to take a vacation, so he gathered up all of the family and left the gas station as quickly as he could. When he arrived home, he turned left into the driveway and said “I wish the Wright family had never left the house today!”
Activities That Teach by Tom Jackson