Here are some of my other prized attention getters that I currently use all day long.
The big bell on the left has a variety of different sounds to choose from (alarm clock, bell, siren, clapping, chimes, etc). I got this gem last year for FREE just from sending home the Highlights magazine order forms. The green & ladybug timers signal that it is time to clean up centers & rotate to the next station during our small group time, and the white hand bell in the middle is the signal to "FREEZE". When using manipulatives at the table the kids know to put their hands in their laps & listen for instructions or if they are moving around the room, they know to freeze in place until I give further instructions. The wind chimes are used to signal time to gather on the rug for our Daily 5 time.
The next attention getter is my all time favorite (and the kids' favorite). It is our Oh No Puppet. It is just a wooden spoon that has been painted & some crazy hair added. On one side, the mouth is shaped like an O. Turn it over and the face on the opposite side has a smiley face.
Oh No! Oh No!
Look What Oh No Sees!
Quick! Criss Cross, Hands in Your Lap!
Zip Your Lips Up Please!
We wait until everyone is sitting correctly and then I turn Oh No around to the smiling side and quietly sing the following to the same tune.
Way to Go! Way to Go!
Now You're Looking Good!
Eyes Up Here, Listening Ears,
Sitting Like We Should!
Now, please share some of your ideas!