Activity Idea: Tinikling

Activity: Tinikling
Open Space
2 long bamboo poles (in the US, this can be purchased in Pier 1 Imports for about $4.00)
Energetic children

Tinikling is an energetic dance or rhythmic game that originated from the Philippines.
It is done with two long bamboo poles, that are tapped together and on the floor to a certain beat.
The object is to be able to dance or move through the poles without getting your ankles caught.
There are many versions of this--some traditional while others do an adaptation of it with a modern twist.

This video shows a little bit of both.

Quick Discipline Tips

Laughter is the best medicine. Before a child has a chance to become defensive, use humor to diffuse a situation.  Often times a little quip is all that is needed to be able to restore order and peace to a tense situation.

When you make a request, do not phrase it in the form of  a question--asking gives the impression that it is a choice to follow your instruction or not.
Unless it is really a choice, do not add "ok?" after you make a request. 

Eye contact and physical contact (like a gentle touch on the shoulder) makes the child feel that your guidance is in their best interest.

 After you make a request or a reminder, walk away. Do not hover.
Give the child a chance to comply.

Remove emotion, be matter of fact.

Activity Idea: Drawing like Michaelangelo

Introduction to the activity:
The artist Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet of the Sistine Chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The Sistine Chapel is in the Vatican City, Italy.
Exposing children to different artists' contributions introduces them to arts and culture.
This activity will allow children to experience the process of creating drawings/paintings in various styles.

Low tables
Butcher paper

Tape paper underneath the tables and have children draw and color on it.
Make sure to ask them process questions like, whether it is easy or difficult to work with your arms up or lying on your back. Ask them how they thought Michaelangelo felt as he was doing this.

*When we first did this at our School-Age Care site, we thought only the young ones would be interested. Much to our surprise, even the "big kids" were totally into it!
Perhaps the novelty of working underneath a table combined with adapting various techniques for drawing "upwards" made it challenging for them...enough to stick to it for a long time.
We had our own display of 'Sistine Chapel Art' when the day was done.

Related Reference:
Getting to Know the World's Famous Artists by Mike Venezia.