Unique Attention Grabbers

Hi Friends!

Today I’m excited to share two really cool things that I got while I was in Hawaii!

I don’t know about you, but each year I have a main, unique way to get my kiddos attention. When I taught 1st I had a little saying, and for Daily 5 I used a tambourine. However, I didn’t think my fourth graders would be into my little saying, plus I didn’t want a signal that required me to talk. I also found the sound of the tambourine a little irritating and disruptive, so both where out.

And these are now in thanks to some awesome stores on vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚


Okay, these both need a little explanation. Let’s start with my Daily 5 attention grabber.


This is called a karimba, and it’s made out of a coconut! How cool for my tropical theme! It’s not super loud, but since my room shouldn’t be super loud during Daily 5, I think it will work.


You play it by plucking the metal prongs with your finger. You can actually tune it, but I’m not that fancy yet. I think it makes a nice, calming noise.


This is going to be my general attention grabber. Isn’t he cute?


I love that he hold the stick in his mouth so I (hopefully) won’t misplace it.

Watch the video below to see how you play him! He sounds like a croaking frog, and I think it will definitely grab my kids attention! I have a feeling their going to be begging me to try it.

There you have it! Those are my unique attention grabbers! What’s your most unique, fun, or effect way to get your kiddo’s attention?

Leave me a comment below and let me know. I love hearing from you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Martha from Primary Paradise

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  • Melanie Morgan
    July 18, 2013 3:33 am

    I love the little frog! I think both fit in so well in your theme! I do a pirate theme, but make it tropical island pirate so it reminds me of the beach. I have a few different attention getters, but not cool ones like yours! I teach first grade though and we sing EVERYTHING. So sometimes I’ll start “Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?” in a low voice (so I don’t break glass, kill cats, or anything) then the students stop what they are doing and respond. It is a fun, quick, yet effective way to grab their attention promptly. Most of mine are verbal. We have a “school wide” clap to use with CHAMPS, but it gets a bit annoying.

    Well, I think I need a trip to Hawaii. I love the FL Keys and that is always my escape from Texas, but you’re making me desire a Hawaiian vacation now!

    I think your 4th graders will LOVE your new attention grabbers! So much so….they may require you to get their attention more than you anticipated. Ha ha!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      July 18, 2013 6:52 am

      Thanks Melanie! I like the “Are you sleeping” idea for the little ones. I sang EVERYTHING in first grade… that’s going to be a tough habit to break. We danced and sang all day long, so my fourth grades might think I’m a little nuts at first. lol

      You should definitely go if you ever get the chance. I keep telling people it’s “the best place on earth”. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I am *hoping* the novelty wears off pretty quickly. Otherwise I might need a plan b. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Jill
      July 18, 2013 9:53 am

      Melanie, this is off the topic, but I am wondering if you have any tips or suggestions regarding Key Largo. My 20 year old daughter will be moving there in Aug. to do an internship as a dolphin trainer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linda
    July 18, 2013 9:32 am

    I’ll bet your students will be willing to earn points however you need them to in order to be the person of the day to call the class to order!

  • Heidi Foster
    July 18, 2013 10:50 am

    I have a Froggy themed room and I also got my little attention grabber frog from Hawaii. Absolutely love it!!!

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