A few days ago, I was asked to get thumbprints of all the kids. (I can't say why, because it's for a special surprise, but I assure you it's on the 'up & up', and I got it approved by the manager). When I think of finger- (or thumb-) prints, I think 'police' and tense moments, so already this didn't sound like much fun. Add to that the language barrier, and all I could imagine was total chaos trying to get prints from 32 kids in an orderly fashion. I went out and bought an inkpad, and prayed for inspiration.
This morning, it dawned on me....How about turning this into an 'art' project? This afternoon, I sat them all down with paper and crayons. As each one put their thumbprint on my 'special sheet', they were asked to put another 3 thumbprints onto a sheet of paper, then draw something using the thumbprints. Once I'd gotten everyone 'printed', I let them loose with the inkpad.
The drawings were fun, but kids will be kids, and the inkpad was the most fun ever! There'll be some serious soap & water needed tonight!