Friday, July 23, 2010

Sharing Lessons

Ok, so I know this is not a Mom blog, but I learned some things while taking care of my little cousins (age 5 and 2) and thought I would share it with you.

The last couple days, the boys have been having a big problem with sharing. They thing the toys we have are there's and the do not share with each other. When they play blocks, the older brother thinks the little one shouldn't be able to play with him. It got out of hand last night when the boys were playing at their own house and the little brother ended up biting the older one.

My mom and I have thought of some activities for the boys to do that will cause them to share and take turns and I thought I would share those activities with you. Even if your children are good at sharing and taking turns, these activities would be fun for them just to work together as a family!

1. Playing Board Games- We had the boys play Cootie, but any game that is age appropriate would work. It allows them to take turns and, in the case of my cousins, had the older brother help they little one put the pieces on.

2. Making Cookies- Thought of this and I'm going to try it out on Monday with the kids. We are going to make butter and/or sugar cookies from scratch and the kids are going to help me. They will be able to take turns stirring the ingredients, rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters to cut the shapes. I also have a cookie press and I think I will use that also, that will help with sharing because I only have 1 of those so they will have to pass it back and forth to each other. The end of this project is fun and tasty! :)

3. Putting together a puzzle- The kids can take turns putting pieces into the puzzle and the end result they would have to share, it would not be just one of theirs.

These are a couple of the ideas we came up with. Hopefully they will work at least some to get these boys to work together and play nice! If you have any suggestions to offer me, please don't hesitate to send them!

1 comment:

  1. My kids love all those activities. Great ideas.