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If you are involved with a homeschool group or co-op, then you know exactly how important getting the wiggles out before a lesson begins can be. Maybe you are waiting for all the families to arrive, or the group lesson hasn’t quite begun, and you need to eliminate the wiggles. Just a little activity to release all that excitement and make way for the actual learning activity.
But what will settle down a large group of multiage homeschoolers? We have 21 ideas to try before co-op starts to get the wiggles out!
21 Activities to Do with Your Homeschool Group to Get the Wiggles Out
- Music. Dancing and jumping around for a few minutes is a sure fire way to release some energy.
- Free Play. Allow for a few minutes of free play to run around outside if possible. Tag or running are fantastic ways to prepare for sitting quietly.
- Simple Games. Set up a couple of tables with simple and quick two-player games such as Connect Four and Tic Tac Toe (you can make Tic Tac Toe fun with tables covered in paper and crayons), and allow a short block of time to play each other. Or a few sets of Jenga to allow for more players.
- Group Memorization. This can be a lot of fun for kids to yell out or whisper a passage to memorize. Control the volume of the group by doing a Simon Says type game, have them scream, whisper, and repeat the passage in various funny voices.
- Pass the Ball. You can do this with a ball or any object. Pass the ball around in the group or the children can toss to one another in a circle. As soon as the ball lands in another child’s hands ask a fun fact question. This activity is easiest if you already have a list or print out a list of fun educational questions to ask.
- Run in Place. In those colder months when you can’t get outside, line them up in a row and run in place until the leader says stop or a “magic” word.
- Coloring. Set up a space or a couple of tables covered with paper and cups of crayons. Allow some free time to create or color.
- Sing. Play some age-appropriate learning songs and let them belt it out!
- Repeat Hand Clapping Patterns. Have one of your group volunteers to create hand clapping and knee patting patterns and see if the kids can copy it.
- Simon Says. Simon Says is always a hit and can be even more fun by allowing the students to take turns being Simon.
- Lego Build Challenge. This challenge could work about anywhere, the library or the park. Set out bins or baskets of random Legos and put small teams together, set a timer and allow them to create something as a team in a short amount of time. What a wonderful exercise for cultivating a teamwork mindset and quick thinking!
- Jumping Games. Jump in place on one leg, jumping rope, or hopscotch.
- Freeze Dance. Surely you remember this one from your childhood, and oh what fun! Put on some upbeat music, dance until the music stops and FREEZE!
- Hot Potato. Another “old school” game, and still tons of fun. Use a ball, bean bag, or real potato for a game.
- Hokey Pokey. This one is especially good for younger kiddos still learning to follow directions.
- Mini Workout. Getting the wiggles out can be as simple as “Who can do the most push-ups?”
- Ring Around the Rosie. For younger students.
- “Animal” Follow the Leader. Rotate leaders or students pretending to be an animal of their choice. The group follows by hopping like a bunny, slithering like a snake, or running like a cheetah.
- Hula Hoops. Invest in some dollar store hula hoops and use on co-op days before lessons.
- Parachute Games. Another great investment for your group is a child’s parachute. Using your parachute as a group encourages working together, and the students learn to follow directions. Have a leader give general commands; walk to your left, raise and go under, and other general directions.
- Egg or Sack Race. Nothing more fun than a quick sack or egg race before the real learning begins!
We hope you enjoy our suggestions to get the wiggles out with your homeschool group or co-op!