Take a deep breath and try to enjoy the day. Forget introducing a new concept or expecting the children to be quiet. Take lots of brain breaks, play outside, sing some songs, and have a happy day.
Here's some homework children will get a kick out of. Ask them to save their candy wrappers and bring them to school. Collect them in a box and then recycle and learn with the activities below.
Count the wrappers. Make sets of 5 or 10 and count.
Challenge children to sort their wrappers. Can they regroup them another way?
Use the wrappers to graph their favorite candy.
Find descriptive words on the wrappers. Make a list of the words and use them in sentences.
Fold 2 sheets of paper in half and staple to make a book. Children write “I like…” at the top of each page and glue a candy wrapper underneath. This is a book every child in your room can read! Older children could write descriptive sentences about each candy.
Use the wrappers to make a class book called “The Sweet ABC’s.” Write alphabet letters on 26 sheets of paper. Children glue their wrappers to the appropriate letter. Bind pages together to make a book.
Hint! If you don’t have a wrapper for each letter, let children suggest “sweet” words for the page.
Glue candy wrappers to a file folder. Write a coin value by each wrapper. Children count out the appropriate amount and place it on the wrapper.
Hint! For young children, price the candies from 1 cent to 10 cents and give them pennies. Make the amounts higher for older students.
Let children use wrappers to make a collage. You could use geometric shapes for collages or you could let children make a cover for a journal with the wrappers.
Finally, take advantage of this “teachable moment” by discussing why sugar is not good for their bodies. What happens if you eat too much sugar? Make a list of healthy snacks that would be better food choices.