Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jar Full Of...

Thanks for the picure, Google!

I was going through my primary things recently after sharing a few ideas with a new chorister that lives in this area.  My bin really needed organizing!  But I found a little jar full of erasers, and realized that it was an idea that I hadn't shared here yet.  I think.

When I was first called as chorister, I wanted to find a way to choose helpers that was different than popsicle sticks.  Not that there's anything wrong with popsicle sticks, but I wanted something the kids could get excited about.  As I perused the aisles of the $1 store one day (this was at the beginning of a school year), I saw a package of 50 erasers.

"Aha!" I thought to myself.
"I will buy these erasers.
I will write names on them.
I will put them in a jars that are labeled Junior and Senior.
I will pull an eraser out of the jar.
I will read the name and that child will be my helper.
And then I will give the lucky child the eraser with their name on it.
And they will be happy."

Not kidding, that's pretty much what I thought.  And so I did those things, and it was a real hit with the kidlets.  When the jars were empty, I knew that everyone had gotten a turn.  And when (inevitably) a child came up to me and asked why they hadn't been called on in forever, I would say, "Well, Sally, you already got to take your eraser home."  Mm-hmm. It was great.

Then, as seasons changed, I would choose a different teeny tiny something.  Spider rings, plastic hearts, foam shamrocks...whatever the $1 store had for super cheap.  The kids loved it, I loved it.

How do you choose your helpers?

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  1. Popsicle sticks is what we use but I think this is so great! Off to the dollar store!

  2. What an awesome idea! I bought a bunch of little music note shaped erasers to give the kids, but now I'm going to use your idea! Thanks so much!

  3. Brilliant! Can't wait to use that next! I am currently using stickers with their name on the back. Then they get a sticker AND be a helper!


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