The Magic of a Little Magic!

Hey friends!

How many times have you had a student who was just stumped, stuck, and frustrated with a particular task? How many times have you had student who would make mistakes on tests and quizzes, even though you knew that they knew it yesterday?

Well, I know it happens a lot to my students, and I always wished there was a way to help them relax and just try their best!

This summer as I was perusing Pinterest, I ran across a ton of people who had created “Brain Sprinkles”. I think the idea originally came from the fabulous Dr. Jean. I loved, loved, loved the idea of giving kids a little “magical” boost! Since a lot of the time kids who are stumped are stressing, I figured that a little magical brain boost could be just what the Dr. ordered to make them smile!

So, I went to it and create my own Brain Sprinkles by dying some rice, adding some glitter (for fun), and putting them in a fun shaped bottle.

colored ricebrain sprinkles

The first time we took a test this year, I introduced my students to Brain Sprinkles and explained that they use magic to give your brain a boost! I then went around and “sprinkled” some over every students head. They were SO excited, and now Brain Sprinkles are requested before every test or quiz. It’s amazing how hard they try each time.

Another favorite I found on Pinterest is Shhhh Spray! Other people called it Quiet Spray, but I thought Shhhh Spray sounded a bit kinder. Just take an empty and clean spray bottle, attach a label, and you’re ready to go.

shhh spray

I tell my students that Shhh Spray is also magic. We always spray it in the air (not at a specific child) before tests and quizzes as well, and believe it or not, my students ask for this as well (after their brain sprinkles of course).

It’s useful when the class is a bit to loud, and it’s a great non-verbal cue. A few “sprays” in the air normally quiets my class pretty quickly.

So, if you’d like to add a little magic to your classroom, just click the picture below that will take you to the FREE Brain Sprinkles and Shhh Spray Instructions and Labels available in my TpT shop.




Enjoy making your classroom a bit more magical!

Martha from Primary Paradise 🙂


Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Cecilia
    December 29, 2012 3:55 am

    I love this. I now have something new on my next weeks to do list. Thank you!

  • Primary Paradise
    Primary Paradise
    December 29, 2012 1:20 pm

    Thanks Cecilia! It’s very easy and fun, and it’s such a great way to make our students smile. 🙂 Let me know what your kiddos think of it!

  • Sana
    February 26, 2013 3:27 am

    totally loving your website…thanks for sharing !!!
    Can you please send me the labels-brain sprinkles / shh spray ?
    Thanks a lot again

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 26, 2013 6:23 am

      Sana, I just sent you an email. 🙂

  • Angela
    July 2, 2014 6:49 am

    The picture is not working :(.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      July 2, 2014 8:46 am

      Angela- Fixed! I’m not sure what happened, but it should work now.

      • Angela
        July 4, 2014 2:58 pm

        Got it! Thank you.

        • Primary Paradise
          Primary Paradise
          July 5, 2014 7:20 am

          You’re very welcome. Enjoy!

  • Barbara Camelo
    August 9, 2015 6:36 pm

    Great ideas!!! If it is possible could you please send me both labels. I would really appreciate.

  • Lynn G.
    August 16, 2015 2:39 pm

    Great idea! I have “magic water” in a spray bottle for little and imaginary boo-boos! It’s amazing what a little magic water and a paper towel can cure!!!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      September 6, 2015 2:06 pm

      Haha I love it!

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