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What to Do with the Wiggles

Workshop: The “wiggles” are something children have in common, worldwide. Adults too have been known to get restless and need a break from their routine. Whatever the cause, “wiggles” are here to stay, so let’s work to channel that energy in positive directions.

Working with children is exactly that—hard work. No matter how positive and loving a person is, everyone needs breaks. And nothing works all the time.

These Circle games, Group games, name games and songs, and zipper songs are activities that I’ve found to consistently help tame the “wiggles” when everyone needs a break. These are merely tools however. You’ll have to discover what works for you and your kids, so please let me know what you learn when you try out these ideas. And keep wiggling! Class time is negotiable.

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.

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