At the beginning of the year I made Quiet Critters to use in the classroom. The students love them! I only bring them out sparingly, and only during those times when students need to be working quietly by themselves.
Quiet Critters live in a soundproof jar and only come out when it’s quiet. Loud noises hurt their ears, but whispering is ok. They love to sit on students’ desks to watch and learn from the students. They don’t mind being patted but they get scared if anyone picks them up or tries to play with them. When I take them out of the jar I place them on the top left hand side of the desk. If the student is too loud or starts to play with them, the Quiet Critter gets moved to the other side of their desk. If they continue to be loud they go back into their jar.
At the end of the quiet lesson whoever still has a Quiet Critter on their desk can have points, a sticker, be first to go out to lunch, or whatever incentives you have in the room. Sometimes just having the Quiet Critter on their desk is reward enough!
It was very easy to make them and didn’t take very long at all. I started with different coloured pom poms and used a hot glue gun to attach the googly eyes and felt feet. I originally wanted to use sticky back foam love hearts but of course I couldn’t find any when I needed them! Instead I cut out hearts from felt and used the hot glue to attach them.
If you are feeling particularly creative, you could also add other details like antennae, bows and hats.
If you are interested in the label that I made for my Quiet Critter jar, you can download it here: Quiet Critters Label
I purchased the clip art from Dancing Crayons. I love her bright and colourful designs! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Warm-Fuzzies-Warm-Fuzzy-Clip-Art-556628
I’ve now changed the container to a plastic one, just in case anyone was worried.
If you use Quiet Critters in your classroom I would love to hear how they have been working!