I have a feeling you are going to like this one based on the response from the Ready Confetti activity. Again, this is not my original idea. I saw it, spruced it up and I now present it to you to enjoy. This is one of my very favorite first day activities. It's a glyph necklace! The kids follow a glyph to pick beads and then create a necklace with them. Then, as they are all wearing their necklaces they use the follow up activity to learn some things about each other. Cute, right? Here's a glimpse of the glyph and follow up activity:
In the glyph above, I used sports beads, stars and letters. In the past, I've altered the glyph directions and used smiley faces and other assorted shapes along with the regular ol' plastic pony beads. It kind of depends on what I find at Wal-mart or Dollar Tree. Here's a pic of some of the most recent fancy beads I've found. This is what I have left over after using it with my class. You can see there are plenty to split with another teacher peep to keep costs down. There's an example of the necklace in there too. The big plastic letters are my fave.
If you don't dig the necklace, you can always make bracelets, keychains or zipper pulls for backpacks.
I stick to necklaces and the kids wear them FOR-EV-ER!
This link will take you to the directions in a PDF just the way you see them above.
This link will take you to a copy in Word that may funkify the fonts so you might have to fix it up.
I hope you enjoy this one and I thank you so very much for hanging out with me in my little corner of this big, giant blogosphere~it means the world to me!
Check out this great linky for more Back to School Ideas hosted by my blog buddy Jodi @ Fun in First: