Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
No time to spare at the start of a summer camp session (Northern Hemisphere) or winter school day (Southern Hemisphere)?
Offer up a quick game of Opposites Attract to attract attention and set kids on the right track.
Kids appreciate hot stuff and cool stuff – day starters that lead them to focus on learning activities. Why?
More than one answer: A game is fast and fun and can be played in no particular order and for any length of time.
A game of Opposites Attract only needs a leader who calls out catchy questions and a group of kids to answer.
Ready, set, play what you like…
Upside Down Opposite of a Frown – Announce to your group that the day starter is a game of Opposites Attract.
Hold up a bright pink paper with a curved line that looks like a smile.
Ask the class what is the opposite of a smile.
Of course…it’s a frown.
Now turn the paper upside down to show a frown.
Ask if the class can see that a smile is a frown turned upside down.
Flip the page again to bring the smile back.
Hot Stuff, Cool Stuff – Opposite Colors of the World – Invite kids to call out the answer to this question…“Is pink a hot color or a cool color?”
Pink is hot, is it not?
Ask what’s an opposite cool color.
Grey is a mix of white and black. Pink is a mix of white and red.
How else can you play Opposites Attract? (more…)