Three Legs are Better Than Two
Cooperation and compromise are difficult to learn but as we all know are mandatory in making life easier. This fun game will teach preschoolers how important these tasks are.
This has been written for Preschoolers in a class environment.
You can easily adapt it for your own circumstances.
Pair your pre-schoolers in groups of two. By using strips of cloth, connect your pairs by tying two of their legs together as you would in a three-legged race. Explain to the children that this is a game where they learn to work together. Set a time limit such as a half hour and tell them that what ever they do they must agree and do it together. If one of them wants to color but the other wants to play cars, one of them will need to compromise or in the alternative cooperate by picking an activity that they both want to do.
Once they agree on an activity they do it together. Here is the fun part. Because they are tied together, if one decides they want to get up and get a drink of water but forgets that they are connected to their buddy, they will make the move unannounced to their buddy. When the buddy realizes that his partner is moving away from what he/she is doing, they will need to compromise and cooperate in order to get what they both want. You will be amazed how often one forgets that they are now two and how many times they have to compromise and cooperate.
This simple toddler feelings little game will be fun for you and the kids and will teach them the need for cooperation and compromise.
Preschool Time Capsule
Give the kids a way to remember their preschool years by creating their very own preschool time capsule. They can bring in things from home, as well as use things in the classroom as memorabilia for their time capsules. They’ll have tons of fun now and in the future when they open it again.
Steps for making your time capsules:
Book of Toddler Feelings, or Older Children
Have your children list feelings. Happy, sad, angry, silly, bored, excited, etc.
Have your child make the face of someone who is feeling that feeling. What does someone look like when they feel happy? What does someone look like when they feel angry? Now it’s time for your child to get creative with feelings. Have each child make a picture book about feelings.
Here’s what you need:
Here’s what to do:
When all the books are completed, have your child tell you about a time they felt each feeling. Tell me about a time you felt happy. Tell me about a time you felt scared. As you go through each feeling, talk to your child about how to deal with different feelings. How can someone feel better when they are sad? How can someone calm down when they are angry?
This is a great exercise in communication for your children and their Book of Feelings makes a great keepsake! It’s important to talk to you kids about feelings and that having different feelings is okay. It’s also important to teach them how to deal with more difficult feelings such as sadness or anger.
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