Confessions of a Teaching Junkie: The BEST First Day Ever! I may have to use this for the first day/or back to school after winter break
Relax bottle / time out timer. Use a water bottle, water, an entire bottle of glitter glue and a small tube of ultra fine glitter... shake it up, and it takes around 5 minutes for it all to settle. Kids sit and stare at it in their "time out" and it relaxes them.