TOPSY TURVY DAY (Episode
Jetta and Emily trade dogs for the Island's annual Topsy Turvy Day, a
day when everything gets turned around. Jetta learns that being kind and
thoughtful gets you a lot further than being bossy.
Big Idea: Be Kind; Be a Good Friend
Young children can learn that being thoughtful and considerate is
a skill necessary for making friends and getting what you want. These
activities will develop
- cognitive skills
- social and emotional skills
Play a board game with the child. Board games require taking turns
and help children learn the routine of taking a turn and then waiting
and watching while others have their turn. Some popular games include:
Candyland, Hi-Ho Cherrio, Uno, and Mancala.
Discuss and role-play solutions to problems and questions such as these:
- You see a toy you want to play with, but it belongs to someone else.
What should you do?
- The toy you are playing with breaks. What should you do?
- Someone else wants to use the toy you want to play with. What should
Practice choosing who gets to go first. using ideas such as these:
- Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Drawing a name from a hat
- Rolling dice or picking a domino, low number goes first
- Drawing straws, shortest goes first
With a group:
Younger children who have mastered certain board games may enjoy playing
with those games with senior citizens who may not get to play as often.
Arrange for a group of children to accompany you to a local senior home
and volunteer to bring along plenty of board games for them to play
together. Not only will the seniors be able to teach the children a
thing or tow, but the children will appreciate the attention as well.