About this time of year I get sick of the complaining about what we are doing, how we are doing it and why are we doing it. I call it 3rd quarteritis also known as L -A- Z -Y disease. And it is a contagious disease that even affects my 3rd graders.
So to show them that they need to be appreciative of what they have I have them draw anything they want on a piece of paper. I then hand out watercolor paints and tell them to load the brush, put the end of the brush in their mouth and paint their picture. You should see the looks on their faces when I give the last instruction, and after a moment of complaint they usually get into it.
After about 10 minutes of them painting this way I pull up pictures that have been painted by other handicap artists and tell them to be greatful for what they have.
I didn't take pictures of the end results, they are never very good, but I did take pictures of the painting process which is alot more fun anyways.