We all know the first day of school can be chaotic. With all the students and parents to meet plus supplies to put away, it does get very hectic! Instead of expecting children to settle down with a worksheet, place a Ziploc bag filled with play dough and some work mats on each desk. This is a highly engaging activity that requires no teacher guidance - allowing time to collect and assemble supplies. In addition, it also provides the children with a fun activity to calm their back to school jitters!
Here's a link to a free download for an easy recipe to make your own play dough. The download also includes some fun work mats.