Back-to-School With Hello Sunshine

For many of you school just let out for the summer.  For others things are starting to gear up for back-to-school.  But we know teachers never REALLY have the summer off...

So this month, the teachers of Hello Sunshine are going to help you with ideas for 
New Beginnings - Getting Ready for Back-to-School.

I originally saw this idea on Pinterest at Christmas, but thought it would make a great ice breaker activity for back-to-school, so I tweeked it a bit.  Here's what you need: a sturdy paper plate for each person and a marker (or crayon for the littles.)  Each person puts the paper plate on their head and holds it with one hand.

Here's what it looked like on Happy Home Fairy.

With their other hand (their writing hand) they will draw as you give them these directions:

Here is what I envisioned as I wrote the directions (color coded to match the directions.)

And here's how it turned out when my daughter and I tried it...

On the original post, they gave points based on different criteria, but I thought is would just be a fun, creative way to break the tension of the first day of school and give everyone a giggle.  

What do you think?
Sound fun?

If you decide to try it, please come back and share the pics!  I would love to see them!  Click on the image below to download the directions with a link to the original post.

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  1. This idea is so funny. I can see kids having a great time with it. It would also work for the first staff meeting of the year.

    Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

  2. This looks like a super fun activity -
    I can only imagine all of the laughter that goes along with it!
    Thank you for sharing it!
    :o) Pam
    Hedgehog Reader