Weather: Fill the cup with water. Put shaving cream on top for a cloud. Explain that when clouds get really heavy with water, it rains! Then put blue food coloring on top of the cloud, and watch it rain.
What a great idea for the first week! Conversation Jenga!!! A fun way to play Jenga as well as get your students thinking and talking! Students answer a question each time they pull a piece!
[Activities] 40 ways to entertain your kids when you're feeling under the weather. I think everyone with kids could use this at some point.
Fun learning idea (paint in a bag is good for drawing and practicing letters).
Rainbow drink: make colored ice cubes (with KoolAid or juice), stack in tall glasses and pour in ginger ale! Kids would LOVE this!
This sounds like fun....Soda sink or float. Have kids predict whether sodas will sink or float. Most will assume they will all act the same but they won't! Diet pop floats and regular sinks. Nice way to touch on sugar content too :)
Winter tree silhouette; tape, watercolors, watercolor paper
Fun in the snow...add a few drops of food coloring to water bottles, poke a hole in the cap with a tack, and let the kids "color" in the snow.
fishing for magnetic letters in the bath tub -- great activity for winter days. This site has SO many fun things for kids to do!!