More often than not I end up trying to think outside the box and come up with a quick activity that will at least entertain my two most challenging students, while allowing me a few precious minutes to explain a new concept to another child.
This photo is from just such a day. I actually did have plenty of activities planned for the little ones, but, as luck would have it this was one of the days that nothing was working (yes, even I have those days!)
In a moment of desperation I grabbed a bottle of shaving cream that the littles' grandmother had given them for fun tub time, and I gave them a large pile of the creative stuff each. WHAT WAS I THINKING? Well, I did get the extra 20 minutes or so that I needed to explain that new concept to my 4th grader, and the boys did have fun, as did their sister who joined in the fun, but it certainly was wild!