I hope to post a trick/tip on a weekly basis. So here is a little trick I read somewhere that I plan to implement in my classroom when I go back in January. It is called BRAIN SPRINKLES. You will need to cover a Pringle's can with foil, wrapping paper, contact paper or anything you may have around the house. Put two spoon fulls of rice in the can and glue on the lid. When you want children to focus on an activity, tell them you are going to "sprinkle them with brain sprinkles!" This will get their attention. Here is a nice looking one I found online wrapped with wrapping paper.
Now I need to run out and buy some Pringles!