January 2009




lunch sack
Directions: Open the sack and begin twisting on the bottom. Continue To twist and mold into a funnel shape. Let children fill with leaves or cut fruits and vegetables out of construction paper.

2 lunch sacks (for each child), rubber bands
Directions: Cut down ½” strips from the open end of the lunch sacks to the bottom flap. Roll up the bottom flap and wrap a rubber band around it to make a handle. Wrinkle the strips and shake.
Adaptations: Let children color patterns on the strips or paint school colors.
Use for rhythmic activities, cheering words, counting, etc.

4 or 5 lunch sacks, paper cut outs, glue, stapler
Directions: Fold over the bottom flap of each bag. Lay the bags on top of each other and staple where the open ends are to make a book. Open the flap on each page and glue an object so part of it will show when you fold over the flap. Children try to guess what the object is, then open to confirm their guess.
Adaptations: Hide geometric shapes, letters, names, words, etc. under the flaps.
Make riddle books from lunch sacks. Let children write riddles on the left side, then draw the answer under the flap.

lunch sack
Directions: Tear down on all four corners until you reach the creased line. Fold in the two sides and the front to reinforce the box. Fold the fourth side into thirds and tuck down in the box like a lid.
Adaptations: Let children keep high frequency words, math facts, or other flash cards in their treasure boxes. Have them write a story about what they would like to find in a treasure box.
For homework, ask children to find objects that begin with a particular sound around their home and put them in their treasure box.
Serve snacks in treasure boxes.

lunch sack
Directions: Open the sack. Put your tall finger inside the bag. Put your thumb on the outside of the bag so it is touching your middle finger inside the bag. Now, practice snapping your fingers. It should sound like you’re catching something in the bag when you do this. Hold the bag in the air and pretend to bounce and catch an invisible ball. Dip your hand a little as you “catch” the ball to make it more convincing.

paper lunch sack
Directions: Each day open a lunch sack and put it on your desk. Explain that if they have a complaint or a concern that is not an emergency, they should “put it in the bag.” Tell the children you’ll listen to everything in the bag at the end of the day. When a child starts to tattle or whine say, “Go put it in the bag.” Before children go home in the afternoon, hold the bag to your ear and pretend to listen. End by popping the bag as you say, “That’s the end of that!”

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