I was talking to Goddess Holly yesterday and we came to a conclusion: everyone should be a kindergartner. Not only are kindergartners cute and surprisingly athletic, they are also consistently creative and happy. Seriously, how many kindergartners do you hear say, “I’m just so stressed out. I’ve got 45 minutes of tracing letters to do and then I have to go play outside and be back in time to watch a repeat episode of Dora the Explorer! I just don’t know how I’ll ever get it all done?” Unfortunately, people have the tendency to think that this mystical magical state of being is somehow undesired and that instead they should go to college and get jobs. Now, while I’m pretty pro-education, the stress that poisons the air when it’s exam time or even almost exam time makes me think that everybody could use a little time travel back to kindergarten. So, without further ado, today’s blog post is a list of 10 kindergarten programs for your residents:
1. Leaf rubbings seem lame but they’re actually awesome
2. The tactile sensation of using your fingers to paint a tree, a dinosaur, or just a whole slew of colorful ridiculousness is incredibly soothing. Until you consider how much money you could make from that finger painting if you were a famous artist.
3. Make paper snowflakes and string them together to decorate rooms or the lounge.
4. Play with play-doh. If you want your residents to be able to keep their play-doh, creations, here’s a recipe for homemade play-doh*
5. Make lava-lamps. Because lava lamps should never go out of style. Ever.*
6. Bubbles! See who can blow the biggest bubble.
7. Make marshmallow/ pom-pom shooters and hit each other with them.*
8. Make and race paper airplanes
9. Play board games. The new Chutes and Ladders is particularly recommended because it has pictures like this:
10. Watch your favorite cartoons. Rugrats is on Netflix, but there are also plenty of sites where you can watch the Nickelodeon classics for free.
So there you have it, 10 ideas that will make boys and girls, freshman and seniors, remember how awesome it was to be little and wonder whose brilliant idea it was to be a double major, write an honors thesis, or just come to W&M in general.
*designates activities for which not all of the necessary materials are available from the PRC.