TIPS FOR SUCCESS WHEN DOING ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR CHILD
1. Have a circle time or a discussion at the beginning of each activity. Discuss ground rules and the behaviour you expect. “We dance in the playroom and we do not dance in the living room.” If your child gets out of hand, stop the activity on a positive note. Decide if you need to change the ground rules for next time.
2. Practice the activity before you show it to your child. If you have difficulty doing the activity, for example, if the container is too hard to open, you may need to make some adjustments.
3. Always give your child a lesson first on how to use an activity. Depending on the child’s age, waiting for a turn can be challenging. Make your turn graceful and short. Remember your child needs to be shown how to use all new activities/materials.
4. You are an important Role Model in your child’s life. He/she will always imitate your behaviour, actions, manners, reactions and language.
5. The three main reasons that children have temper tantrums is when they are tired, hungry or frustrated. Plan activities when these conditions are not present.
6. Observe and take notes on what works and what does not work with your child. You may introduce beading and realize that for your child to be successful you will need to use larger beads.
7. Avoid power struggles with your child. You will never win! Do not punish them for not wanting to do an activity. End the activity on a Positive Note even if your child only wants to do it for five minutes!
8. FOLLOW YOUR CHILD by observing actions and reactions. When your child is ready to stop, STOP!
9. Encourage your child to clean up and replace the activity to the shelf. If possible, invite your child to do the activity on his/her own. Sometimes a child will not want a turn and this is okay; they may need to build their confidence. You may say, “Okay, let me know when you want a turn.”
10. Your child has great ideas. Encourage his/her input and you will be amazed at what he/she can imagine and create. Listen to your child and implement one of your child’s ideas into an activity in the near future.