Every night I try to set up something for the girls and I call it "The Daily Challenge". Really it just gives me a few extra minutes of blessed sleep since we decided to get rid of the TV this summer. On a scale of 1 -10 I give this an 8 since I was able to sleep in till 7:30!
I have hanging on the wall a pocket chart that I filled with the colored circles that coordinate with the bells. The challenge this morning was to figure out what song I had set up for them. I made quite a few extra colored circles so that when they had finished and found the answer they would then be able to create their own song.
I can't take the credit for this one, although we do a similar activity in our music program. The girls pre-K teacher set up a similar station during music week and when I saw how she had them creating their own music with the colors I knew I had to still this idea.