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Alternate Activity 3: Helping Hands Chart

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Poster board or foam core, and markers
  • Construction paper in multiple colors
  • Sticky tack or removable-glue glue sticks

Preparation for Activity

  • Make a poster board or foam core chart. Title it "Kindergarten and First Graders Use Helping Hands." Make two columns and four to six large rows. The children will help you list the chores in the first column. The second column is where you will stick children's hand prints to assign chores.
  • Cut hand prints the size of a child's hand, one for each participant plus a few extra, from different colors of construction paper. Spread the hand prints and markers on work tables.

Description of Activity

Participants will help with chores in their meeting room.

Invite the children to help you fill in the chores on the sign. For each chore, use a short phrase (e.g., "clean up") and a symbol (e.g., a picture of a broom). This will allow participants to read the Helping Hands sign in word or symbol.

List four to six jobs on the chart. Then have participants write their names in a hand print of their choice. Explain how the chart will work; you might say:

Each time we meet, some of your hand prints will be next to jobs. If your handprint is on the sign, you will help with that chore.

Depending on the size of the group, rotate assignments each time you meet, or monthly. The chores might include:

  • Put away art supplies.
  • Clean tables.
  • Put away ribbon sticks.
  • Push in chairs.

Including All Participants

If a participant cannot write their name on hand prints, use dots to outline the name so the child can write it by connecting the dots. If a participant cannot write, write their name for them while saying aloud each letter as you write it.

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