Quiet Lap Games
Quiet lap games are great to use at the beginning of Kindergarten Gear Up lessons as families arrive. They should be simple activities that reinforce skills and can be completed in five minutes or less. These activities are meant for caregivers to interact with their children, not necessarily to be led by staff.
Place the activities around the room so that children can go to whatever is most appealing to them. Encourage caregivers to play with their children to help settle and focus them for the upcoming session. When it is time to start the rest of the lesson, have children help collect and put them away.
Magnet games, counting and sorting games, and alphabet games all work well. Avoid activities that need lots of set up or clean up. Lap games can be purchased at stores focused on classroom or educational toys. You can also make them yourself. We have some suggestions below that use inexpensive items that can be found in most homes and libraries. If you prepare these ahead, they can be used repeatedly for all the Kindergarten Gear Up lessons.