Sharing is a fundamental part of social skills for all children to learn. Preschool is a great place for children to learn this as many children are the only child at home. This will benefit them as they learn to interact with other children. There are many activities that teach children to share in the preschool setting.
Remember that toddlers have a hard time picking up the concept of sharing, so you have to do things that they will recognize by doing them repeatedly.
Role play is a great way to introduce children with sharing at preschool. This way you can show them how sharing works. Showing them helps them to understand better than just telling them. It is an important value that will stay with them the rest of their life.
Playing board games is a great way to show them how we all take turns in life and it can be very fun. Showing them this way makes sense to them. Great games for them to play are Chutes and Ladders, and Candy Land just to name a couple.
When doing art projects you can also have them share cups of paint. Using easels with four different colors on each side have the children start painting their picture. After a few minutes have them switch sides and start using new colors. This not only teaches them sharing but also helps them have a good exposure to a lot of colors.
Read books about sharing to them. Ask questions about how they think the characters should have acted and if they think it was a nice way to handle the situation. Books are great ways to teach them about behaviors. They can relate to the characters better than they can listen to their parents always telling them to share. Some great books about sharing are “It’s My Birthday”, by Pat Hutchins, and “One for You and One for Me”, by Wendy Blaxland. There are many more books out there to explore about sharing. Go to your local library and look up sharing and you will be amazed at how many there are. Sharing is a learned behavior that is a positive thing for toddlers.
Certain toys in a preschool are what everyone wants to play with. Do not have this toy out a where they can play with it at any time. Set timers when the children are playing with these certain well liked toys. They will know everyone gets the same amount of time with that toy and they accept it peacefully. You can even rotate their names so that on a certain day they get to go first.
Snack time is a great time for learning about sharing. Rotate who brings snack each day for your preschool. Let them pass out the store bought products and before anyone can eat their snack, have the preschoolers tell that child thank you for sharing your snack with us. Manners go along well with sharing.
Show and Tell
Show and tell is another great time to share. Have children in the preschool bring something special on a specified day. Let them get up in front of their peers and share about their special toy or item. Tell them ahead of time that these are special items that so and so is sharing with the class today. Keep them in a special place and make sure that everyone knows this is off limits until sharing time.
Sharing is a social skill that preschoolers will learn well if presented in a positive manner. Make sharing fun!