This week for the Get Ready for K Through Play Series we are talking about social skills.
In my previous post titled Social Coaching Tips, I shared some ways for adults to help kids play more cooperatively. The ideas in today's post are suggestions for ways kids can play together that can be set up by kids (with adult help) and allow kids to interact together and get to know one another better while doing open-ended play activities.
Here are 5 ways that my kids help create a successful playtime with their friends:
1. Work together to accomplish a task
2. Go outside on an adventure
3. Participate in a sensory play experience
4. Engage in an invitation to play or create
5. Enjoy a snack or a cooking activity together
This post just shares a few of the things that we like to do when friends come over that are sneaky ways of also preparing my son for kindergarten and developing friendships.
I am hopeful that as he has more and more successful scaffolded playtimes, he'll take these ideas and then use them in the less structured playtime he has at school next year. Other social skills we are working on to get ready for kindergarten include taking turns, following directions, listening, and sharing.
What are ways that you help your children have successful play experiences with friends? What social skills does your child struggle with or excel at? How do you help teach these skills in playful ways?
Make sure to check out these other social skills activities shared by the other Get Ready for K through PLAY! hosts:Top 5 Social Skills for Kindergarten Readiness
(by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
Teacher Says! A Following Directions & Listening Game
(by Coffee Cups and Crayons)
Social and Emotional Skills for Children
(by Mama Smiles)
Helping the Shy Child Prepare for Kindergarten
(by Mess for Less)
Fun Games to Promote Sharing & Turn Taking
(by Rainy Day Mum)