My little friend had the wild gleam in his eyes that could only mean the promise of mischief and mayhem. What could I grab from the store room to avert pick up melt down?
Zen gardens to the rescue!
These two boxes of gorgeousness would surely do the trick. After all, zen gardens just scream (or whisper) peace and tranquility, right?
Wrong. I'd love to tell you that the wild gleam in my little friend's eyes was replaced by a look of serenity as he ever so carefully raked patterns in the pebbles.
With me looking on fondly, basking in the warm glow of teacher accomplishment.
Ha. All I can tell you is that there isn't a whole lot of zen in the moment a zen garden is emptied out onto the table.
Of course, moving my little friend from mayhem to tranquility in moments was too much to expect, even of a zen garden. I bear the zen gardens no ill will.
In fact, I'm a little bit in love with Casa Maria's Creative Learning Zone's idea of creating a relaxation table at preschool:
|Image: Casa Maria's Creative Learning Zone|
If you yen for some zen, Catherine over at Adventures with Kids has a wonderful post on creating a miniature zen garden.
Or if you would like to be inspired by some more of Maria's ideas, she blogs at Eco-Cycle Junkie.