Tips for Families School Re-entry Activity Ideas
Tips for Families School Re-entry Activity Ideas
  • The M&M Game
    • Choose 6 children and give them each a different colored M&M.
    • 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 one another.
    • 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.
  • Same/Different
    • Each student folds a notebook paper in half lengthwise.
    • Title one half of the paper "Different" and the other "Same."
    • 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 "Same."
  • 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 traumatic event.
  • Labels
    • 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," etc.
    • 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 treated.
  • 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 Children's Mercy.
  • Q&A
    • 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 missed
  • 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?

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