Do you notice how, during the long winter months (or even in dreary rain), the weeks seem to drag on? Wednesdays have that “Isn’t it Friday yet?” feeling. That’s when I know it’s time to play.
Play can be a powerful tool to stave off those winter school blues.
Dr. Stuart Brown, in his book “Play”, compares play to oxygen: vital and necessary for living! Play can be part of every day life like art, music, and for teachers, our students!
It’s often difficult to take that first step towards play but here’s what it can look like for a classroom teacher. Try these 10 ideas (in no particular order) to get you on the road to beating those wintertime—and lack of sun—blues.
- Play outside with your kids.
- During indoor recess, put together a puzzle or play a board game with your students.
- Use a fun grouping strategy such as musical stand up, hands up, pair up.
- Have fun with your students during a lesson.
- Do a “Top 5” with your class—a kid perspective might be just what you need.
- Color on your active board.
- Brainstorm your own Top 5 things that bring you joy.
- Lighten up—go outside during a sunny day and soak up the sun.
- Watch your students’ faces light up with a Go Noodle (better yet, do it with them). I highly recommend Purple Stew or Peanut Butter in a Cup.
- Have a pajama day for no particular reason—or a better yet—a snow day!
I feel better already. Even just thinking about play helps lighten my mood. How about you?
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