I am an avid user of Pinterest: it is in the top tier of websites I check daily, and I often pin useful links for work during my free time. When I first moved into my preschool classroom, one of the first things I researched and added to my Pinterest board was attention-getters. I found some extremely useful ones, such as the list on this website. I chose "Start doing silly exercises with a few children" as the most promising-looking suggestion, and pinned it to my preschool ideas board. I also found this list, which has some valuable ideas.
I also have a better idea now of what I mean by needing to get my class's attention. For example, we sing "Everybody Have a Seat" to transition into Circle Time, and the children know exactly what is expected of them when I begin the song: put their books on the shelf and sit on the circle rug by the time the song is through. But there are also times I need their attention for just a moment, to explain where we are going next or what the next task will be. For those times, I need a faster attention-getter, such as these.
And now that I have more experience in this kind of boisterous classroom, I have a suggestion of my own to add to the table: SING EVERYTHING. We are a musical group, as our classroom is in an music- and arts-based preschool. And I have found that anything I have to say to the class, if said in song, will be heard. Whether I sing that "I need a line" to the tune of something we have recently sung together or to a random tune, I always have their ears.
Here is a Kid Quote pertaining to my recent haircut:
Co-teacher: What's different about this lady?
. . .
Four-year-old: Her name is FRANCES!