How to Keep Kids from Going Crazy During Indoor Recess

Are you wondering how to keep kids from going crazy during indoor recess? This classroom activity tip will be helpful to elementary teachers.

Words are a funny thing.

On their own some are fine.

But, when combined with another word they become a whole new thing.

An undesirable thing.

Take for example these two words:

Indoor:
I LOVE the Great Indoors. While I do love me a day at the beach or a walk on a non-wooded, tick-free path, my general rule is that I don't enjoy nature. In fact, a few years back I adopted this song as my personal theme song. It came as a result of being in a new relationship (you know the "I still want to impress him" phase) with a camping-enthusiast and spending a small fortune at LL Bean and REI to look the part of a girl who could hang in the woods but ultimately ended up going on a camping trip that lasted 4 hours. I kid you not. We set up camp. We took down camp. We went home. I admitted to being the "Indoor Type." Point being, I see "indoor" as a positive word.

Recess:
Come on now, who doesn't love recess.

Actually the teachers and aides covering recess duty probably don't like recess, but in general recess is also a good word.

Now pair those two words up and what do you get?

"INDOOR RECESS"

Ugh!

Teachers are always looking for fun ways for their students to spend indoor recess. It's too short to tackle a game of Battleship or Monopoly. There isn't room to run. There isn't time to take on major crafts.

As soon as I saw this fabulous idea I immediately thought they would be a perfect indoor recess activity.

Ribbon tied to paperclips to create really cute bookmarks that can be used during reader's workshop.

  • They are cheap.
  • They are easy.
  • They are cute.
  • They help practice fine motor skills.
  • Most importantly, they encourage reading.
Based on where you live you may be faced with many weeks, or even months of indoor recess each year. Try these out to break up the routine. Also, depending on when you've stumbled upon this blog post you may want to consider these as an extra gift for students to give their parents for the holidays.

Are you wondering how to keep kids from going crazy during indoor recess? This classroom activity tip will be helpful to elementary teachers.


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