Tips for Families School Re-entry Activity Ideas
- The M&M Game
- Choose 6 children and give them each a different colored
- Ask each of them to describe the M&M (they will usually
name the color)
- Tell them to eat their M&M
- Ask each of them to describe what the M&M tasted like.
(they usually say chocolate)
- Explain how things can look different on the outside, but be
the same on the inside
- If the children say "crunchy" or something other than
chocolate, explain that even thought the M&M's had differences,
they are all M&Ms
- Bring enough M&Ms for the entire class/group.
- We Are
- With a group of children, name all of the things they have in
common. (We are all in 5th grade, We all live in…) Ask
the children what similarities THEY see in each other.
- Explain that alough we have many similarities, we have many
differences as well. Use pictures to show how people differ from
- Ask the children their favorite colors, hobbies, etc and point
out differences among the group. Explain how boring it would be if
we were all the same
- With a large piece of paper, write "We are…" across the top. Go
around and ask each child to use one word to describe him or
herself. You can say "Mrs. Smith's class is…" and use the project
as classroom décor.
- Each student folds a notebook paper in half lengthwise.
- Title one half of the paper "Different" and the other
- Students list ways they are different from their siblings,
friends, and those around them under "Different."
- Students list ways they are they are the same under
- Medical play
- Learn about and play with basic medical equipment. Use
pictures, toy replicas, or actual equipment
- Let the classmates experience some aspect of the returning
child's care (ex. use gauze as dressings for burns)
- Story Writing
- Students write a personal narrative or illustrated story based
on their own "story" concerning a hospital stay, injury, or
- Each student is given a post-it note with instructions for how
to treat the individual such as "Ignore me," "Don't make eye
contact with me," "Talk to me like I'm stupid," "Encourage me,"
- Students are instructed to place the post-it note on their
forehead without looking at it.
- Students are given 5-10 minutes to interact with each other
based on the labels on their forehead.
- Discuss feelings and reactions to how students were
- Hospital Drawings
- Ask the children to draw a picture or write down what they
think a hospital is like. Compare their ideas with pictures of
- Have a designated question and answer time where the child or
parent can answer questions (if they want to) or when questions can
be collected to mail to hospital staff.
- Welcome back party
- Celebrate the student's return!
- Create cards, signs or drawings to welcome back the returning
child and help them feel part of significant events they have
- Conversation Prompts to prepare class for child's return:
- What are some ways we can make ___________ feel welcome when
he/she comes back to our class?
- What are you excited to do with _____now that we get to play
with him/her again?
- Is there anything our class has done recently that you would
like to tell _______ about or show him/her?
- What is something that makes you unique?