June 5, 2017
Sometimes as parents, we get wrapped up in ensuring that our kids have everything they need to build academic skills that we forget to emphasize some of the most important skills we can teach our children: how to behave and work with others. By incorporating these fun good behavior games into our child’s weekly routine, you can rest easy knowing that you’re nurturing the whole child.
The Cheer-Up Game is great for building ever-important empathy skills. Children often struggle to realize how others feel, but this game will help them to imagine what it might be like to feel something that others feel. This game is great to play with all your children, or even their friends.
On the paper, help your child draw a series of faces with different emotions. Help your child draw a sad face, angry face, sick, worried, etc. All the faces should appear unhappy, since your child (or children) are tasked with cheering them up!
Train building games are great to build teamwork, as they work cooperatively at a common goal.
This one is simple! Your child, with sibling or friends, will come together to create a train out of the boxes you provided. Encourage all the kids to create a plan for designing and decorating their train, and watch as they put their plan into action! Using the art supplies, have your children create their own unique train, finishing it up with wheels and train windows. When finished, they’ll want to hop inside their train cars for a fantastically fun imaginary train ride!
Here’s a game that can be played with multiple children, or just you and your child. The Hot and Cold Game will encourage cooperation. Instead of focusing on competition, this game is great because it helps players to support others and their success.
There is a plethora of similar games your child can play to build essential behavioral skills. By mixing these friendly fun games into their repertoire of daily activities, you can rest easy knowing that you’re doing everything you can to grow your child both academically and as a polite and caring individual.